If you recall, the novel first appeared in Asimov’s earlier in the summer. That introduced Boss & crew to a brand new audience, as exemplified by Eric Kimminau writing for Tangent Online:
Engrossing. Detailed. Imaginative. I had never heard of the author’s Diving series before reading this. I should have. It is good. Really good….Amazing character construction, building a plot that riveted me almost from the moment it began. I will now absolutely have to read the preceding titles and I cannot wait to see what will come as a result of The Runabout.
His comments were echoed by Sam Tomaino in SFRevu:
A good thing about this story is that you don’t really have to be familiar with the series to understand what is going on. Rusch skillfully waves in the details you need. It is so good, it will make you want to read the other stories.
There will be more after The Runabout. I turned in the next novel in August. Bits of that novel will appear in Asimov’s as well, along with a stand-alone Diving Universe novella. I’ll let you know about it all when they appear.
For those of you who haven’t read the books and want to start with The Runabout, here’s the back cover matter:
A graveyard of spaceships, abandoned by the mysterious Fleet thousands of years earlier. Boss calls it “the Boneyard.” She needs the ships inside to expand her work for Lost Souls Corporation. Yash Zarlengo thinks the Boneyard will help her discover if the Fleet still exists.
Boss and Yash, while exploring the Boneyard, discover a small ship with a powerful and dangerous problem: the ship’s active anacapa drive.
To escape the Boneyard, Boss must deal with the drive. Which means she’ll have to dive the ship on limited time and under extremely dangerous conditions. And she can’t go alone.
A heart-stopping adventure that continues the award-winning Diving Universe series by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
I hope you pick up the book! I had a blast writing it. I hope you’ll have as much fun reading it.