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The Runabout Appears…In A Magazine!

Last fall, I surprised myself by selling the magazine rights for The Runabout to Asimov’s. Yes, before you ask, there will still be a standalone book edition, but this magazine publication comes first.

This week, the issue appeared, making The Runabout the first novel published in its entirety in Asimov’s in the magazine’s 40-year history. I’m grateful for all the faith that Sheila Williams has in my work. As a former digest magazine editor, I know how much an editor has to believe in a writer to use up that much real estate on one piece of fiction.

If you want to sample the story before picking up the issue, click here for the excerpt.

The actual standalone book will appear in October in ebook, paper, and audio editions. So if you can wait for that, go ahead. (I’ll let you know when you can preorder it.) But you can find out what happens next right here, right now, by getting Asimov’s, and you’ll also get even more great fiction from some of my favorite short fiction writers (including but not limited to Karen Joy Fowler and Dale Bailey).

 Asimov’s is available as both print and ebook editions. You can get the magazine on Amazon, but you can also order from the Asimov’s website itself.

The Falls Hits Print!

the-falls-ebook-coverI started writing The Falls to explain sector bases to myself. I figured I had a novella at best, but the story got longer and longer and longer. More characters showed up, and it wasn’t until I was nearly done that I realized why I had to tell this story in this way. Diving fans, you need to read The Falls before you read The Runabout, which is the next Boss novel.

That novel, by the way, will make its debut in Asimov’s April/May issue early next year. Then the book will come out as a standalone in September, I think.

Until then, you have The Falls to think about. The book is available in ebook and in paper. The audio book got delayed until December 9, for some reason I’m not privy to. I’ll remind you when it becomes available.

If you haven’t read any of the Diving stories, you can start here. This novel does stand alone.

Here’s the back cover copy for The Falls.

Fleet sector bases close as the Fleet moves on. Everyone knows and expects it. But still, the announcement that Sector Base E-2 will close—although still thirty years in the future—breeds a mood of tension and anxiety.

So, when Rajivk Agwu finds two pairs of shoes on a trail near Fiskett Falls, but no sign of their occupants, his already heightened senses warn of danger.

Those on the base fare no better. Bristol Iannazzi, working on the notoriously delicate anacapa drive for a runabout, also notices something strange, something out of place, something dangerous…

Expanding the rich history of Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s captivating Diving universe, The Falls provides an exciting and crucial backstory for future events.


The Falls

The new Diving project turned into a novel. It surprised me, because the novel does not feature Boss. The book takes place at a sector base. I started the entire book as a novella, which I do very often to explain something to myself. But the novella kept going and going and going, and now I have a surprise novel.

The Falls ebook coverThe Falls will appear in October. A new Boss book will appear about six months or so after that–March, April–no firm date because I’m not done with it. But I can tell you I couldn’t have written the book about Boss without writing the book titled The Falls.

We have the cover. Philcold did the art, and Allyson Longueira at WMG publishing designed the book. The book will appear in ebook, paper, and audio, just like the others. You’ll be able to preorder a copy starting sometime in late August/early September. Watch this space for more information or sign up for the newsletter. You can find the sign-up on the right side of this home page.

A New(ish) Diving Novella

Mea culpa. I had hired someone to take care of some of my websites–and see what happened? Nada. So I have taken back the websites, and those of you who come here to see what’s new will finally learn what’s new(ish).

I’ve had a new Diving novella out for months now–and of course, never announced it here. [headdesk]. I’m sorry about that. I just noticed that last night as I set up the new Diving mailing list. Please sign up for it if you want updates.

I promise I’ll be more communicative in the future. [headdeskagain]
I have just finished the big Retrieval Artist saga. I will turn my attention back to Diving in the new year. Until then, let this Asimov’s Readers Choice Award-winning novella tide you over.

The Application of Hope is set in the Diving Universe’s past, but you’ll recognize a character or two. Here’s the book’s description and ordering information:


Captain Tory Sabin knows all too well the dangers of the anacapa drive, and that sometimes ships enter foldspace never to return. The ships simply disappear, taking their crews with them.

Responding to a distress call from Captain Jonathan “Coop” Cooper, Sabin knows she must race against time to find him and his ship. Because although the Ivoire becomes the latest ship to enter foldspace and not return, she refuses to give up hope. She resolves to find the Ivoire. But her search for answers will lead to truths that will change her life forever.

Winner of the Asimov’s Readers Choice Award for best novella, The Application of Hope adds a rich layer to the complex story about foldspace and the anacapa technology that drives the Fleet.

“What is great about this story is the development of Sabin’s character. That’s the kind of thing we usually expect from Rusch.” —SFRevu

Available in:
ebook, $3.99
Trade paperback, $12.99
ISBN 978-1561466047

and others