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.
This week’s Free Fiction Monday is a little different. It’s a way to sample my new Diving novel, Searching for the Fleet, before its publication day on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The novella “Dix,” which was first published in the March/April issue of Asimov’s, follows Yash Zarlengo, an engineer aboard the ship Ivoire, as she tries to cope with the fallout of the accident that caused the Ivoire to be propelled five thousand years in the future. When First Officer Dix does something that shocks Yash to her core, she must put her own life on the line to uncover a threat that could mean the end to everything she knows.
“Dix,” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.
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.
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.
Part two of “Becalmed,” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.