Free Fiction Monday: Skin Deep

Free Fiction Monday: Skin Deep

When Cullaene learns the colonists want to question him about a murder, he fears for his life. But he must also think about the daughter of the people who took him in.

She appears sick, and Cullaene soon realizes only he can help her. But helping her might mean sacrificing his own life.

One of Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s first published stories, “Skin Deep” appeared on the preliminary Nebula Ballot and on the Locus Recommended Reading List for 1988 as well as two of the year’s best collections. It is free on this website for one week only. The story is also available in ebook here.



Skin Deep

Kristine Kathryn Rusch


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3 responses to “Free Fiction Monday: Skin Deep”

  1. I’ve been thinking about this story all day. So many levels. Thank you

  2. Céline Malgen says:

    Once again, a fantastic story, thank you Kris!

    And what amazed me when looking at the credits is that it was published in 1988. Meaning that you wrote it over thirty years ago, and the story still reads as if it had been written yesterday.

    I guess that’s because its main themes are universal, like fear of the alien (whoever this alien might be). And of course because you were already a masterful writer thirty years ago.

  3. Bea says:

    Thank you for this wonderful story

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