Free Fiction Monday: Strangers at the Room of Lost Souls

Free Fiction Monday: Strangers at the Room of Lost Souls

Starbase Kappa. The Room of Lost Souls. An abandoned space station with different names but one certainty: People die there. Still, a soldier can’t argue with orders, no matter how bad a place’s reputation. Enterran Empire Operations Commander Elissa Trekov’s most famous relative died in the Room, so she thinks she knows it better than the rest of her team. But when strangers turn up on the so-called abandoned station—strangers who seem to know a lot more about its function than they pretend—she realizes the Room’s legendary history only scratches the surface of the dangers lurking within.

Strangers at the Room of Lost Souls,” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only. The story is also available in ebook and paperback here. Coop’s perspective of this story appears in the Diving Series novel Skirmishes, which is available as an ebook, paperback, and audiobook here. For more information or to order the latest Diving novel, Searching for the Fleet, click here.  



Strangers at the Room of Lost Souls

A Diving Universe Novella

Kristine Kathryn Rusch


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7 responses to “Free Fiction Monday: Strangers at the Room of Lost Souls”

  1. Eleanor Forman says:

    Dear Kristine—

    I thought that the copyright date for this story was originally © 2013. (That’s what it says in my copy in THE DIVING BUNDLE.) Is there any chance that Coop’s perspective of the story might be on Free Fiction Monday any time soon?

    • I was going to do that, but it’s not a standalone novella that WMG has published, and the staff doesn’t have time to make it standalone. Coop’s perspective is in Skirmishes. The novella was in Asimov’s in the October/Novemer 2013 issue, if you can find that. We’ll eventually get that novella in print. Just not at the moment. (Too much backlog of other things.)

      • Eleanor Forman says:

        I don’t have Asimov’s, but I’ll look forward to seeing it here, even if it takes a while. Thanks!

  2. Dan Sorrell says:

    I bought your first three Diving novels recently when you announced an amazon sale. I just finished the first and loved it. I look forward to continuing the series and bought a couple of your ebooks in other series of yours. I’m also plan on getting the current issue of AHMM to try your mystery story.

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