Devi follows orders, even if she hates them. Like her orders for this mission: pilot a single ship—The Matilda—on a fact-finding mission in the middle of a war zone.
Despite Matilda’s apparent fondness for Devi, Devi feels the opposite about working with the sentient ship.
But as pilot and ship approach their target—a large CeaWayLaV warship—the pair discovers their inability to function as a bonded team threatens not only their mission but also the entire war with the CeaWayLaV.
Chosen by the readers of Asimov’s SF Magazine as one of the best stories of the year.
“Matilda,” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.
To cope with his wife’s death, Petras must come to terms with the reality of it. He needs to see her body, visit the place where she died…understand why she died.
But the closer Petras gets to the place Hedie died, the more questions he faces—questions that might destabilize everything Petras thinks he knows.
“The City’s Edge,” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.
Mae, chief linguist on the Ivoire, heads a diplomatic mission to Ukhanda. Her handling of relations with the Quurzod lead to a battle that causes the Ivoire’s anacapa drive to malfunction, stranding the ship in foldspace. Mae can’t remember what she did wrong on the mission: all she knows is that she’s one of the few survivors. If she doesn’t recall it, she won’t be able to prevent another disaster when the Ivoire escapes foldspace. If the Ivoire escapes foldspace. Because what no one talks about—and everyone fears—is that the Ivoire is becalmed…forever.
“Becalmed,” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.
As boys, Scott and Richard went into Felton Woods in the middle of the night and took pictures of a mysterious phenomenon, changing their lives. Scott attended MIT and used his science background to become a crash site detective. Richard married too young and had three children, never leaving Seavy Village.
When Richard dies in Felton Woods, his daughter Stacy wants to know why. Scott investigates, but what he finds changes everyone’s lives—again.
“Blind,” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.