Bits and Pieces

I have a bunch of stories coming out in various anthologies. Yes, I’m back to work, and yes, I’m having fun. Can you tell? I think I’ll spread that news over the next ten days or so, though, just so each anthology gets its due. And a reminder: I use Amazon links only because I’m lazy and pressed for time. Please buy from your preferred […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Spaceships in the Desert

Laurel helps many people who return from the desert shaken by what they’ve seen—or think they’ve seen. But Mark seems different. He listens to her, and he makes her obsession with finding the strange silver objects—and discovering their secrets—his own. But that obsession comes with a cost: one neither might want to pay. “Spaceships in the Desert” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Safety Tests

Devlin trudges through his job on the space station waiting for retirement and hoping he won’t die first. A test pilot with Licensing and Regulation, he makes sure only the most qualified pilots make it to the test flight, let alone pass it. But sometimes, even the most jaded tester misses something. And the difference between life and death on a space station? Missing nothing. […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Blood Trail

Detective Zack Wheldon solves cases. The tough cases no one else figures out. So, when the FBI comes seeking his help, he must decide which to choose: the serial killer he desperately wants to catch or the as-yet-unknown cases that will grow cold in his absence. The FBI promises big things, more closed cases, more criminals behind bars. If he can trust the feds. If he believes in their methods. If he really wants to test his own resolve.

“Blood Trail,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Without End

When Dylan’s wife, Geneva, dies, Dylan refuses to believe it. Not because he believes in ghosts, but because he believes in science. Geneva, a physicist, believed humans could overcome the perception of linear time. If her theories hold true, Dylan can change his perceptions and Geneva will live again. He has nothing to lose, and Geneva to gain.

“Without End,” by Hugo Award Winner Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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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.

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A New Diving Story

I’ve been remiss in letting you know about various publications. I’m not quite sure where I left off, so I’ll do my best to catch up. One reason I got so far behind is a super-huge Diving novel that I finished in September. I still have some assembly to do, and then you’ll have even more news about it. I write out of order, and […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Coolhunting

Steffie makes her living as a coolhunter—someone who discovers an interesting look and makes it fashion, often overnight. She managed to escape her stifling upbringing, but her sister KD—genetically altered to remain a child—remains trapped.

Steffie left KD behind once. But when KD asks Steffie to help her run away from home, Steffie must decide whether to help or to abandon her sister for a second time.

A Locus Award finalist, and winner of the Science Fiction Age Reader’s Choice Award.

“Coolhunting,” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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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.

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Free Fiction Monday: Dix

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.

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