Free Fiction Monday: Year of The Rat

The family business: Some embrace it, some reject it. But for one family whose “business” means accepting science and religion, each sibling takes a side. Can something as simple—and complicated—as a rat settle the most important questions in life? 

“Year of The Rat,” by Hugo-award winner Kristine Kathryn Rusch will be free on this site for one week only. The story is available for $2.99 on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Omnilit, and in other ebookstores.



Year of the Rat

Kristine Kathryn Rusch


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6 responses to “Free Fiction Monday: Year of The Rat”

  1. Li Renli says:

    As always, a great character-driven story from a master storyteller, marked by a narrative style that never lets the reader off the hook from the very first line till he gets to the emotionally cathartic conclusion! (Sorry for the effusive praise, but you never fail to transform a few minutes of reading into a wonderful journey through a world, however fictional, of discovery and possibilities.)

  2. Sara says:

    This was a fascinating story for me! I studied theology & philosophy at Cambridge. I was one of the minority ‘non-religious’ on my course. As well as exploring world religions, I was able to pursue sociology & psychology of religion alongside ethics & metaphysics. The ways the different sides of the story can be married makes for great debate – I’ve not seen it before this make great fiction! I studied a paper on science & religion and read a lot by John Polkinghorne, have you read him? He taught me a whole new perspective on neuroscience and quantum mechanics and writes wonderfully.

  3. Steven Davis says:

    Wonderful. If there was a story that I would ask you to leave up for more than a week, this would be it.

  4. Liana Mir says:

    I liked, no LOVED everything about this except two things:

    1. The HORRIBLE parenting: “No, we’ll finish it now,” Matthew said… I would never have dreamed of saying such a thing to my parent and I wouldn’t have gotten away with it either.

    2. The statement that all creationism is fake science. It was the one stinging and unnecessary slap at an entire range of beliefs that include creation. It’s like saying that believing “God created” is patently false. It isn’t. Which is why we have all these theories and balances and uncertainties and the beautifully shown spectrum you painted here.

    I love the story because you managed to write something about science and religion (both things I’m passionate about) without denigrating, except that once, someone who DOES believe in scientific proofs and the Bible both.

  5. Dave Raines says:

    Oh boy, a science and religion story! And, um, without bias. I haven’t seen one of those in a long time. Thank you!

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