Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Kristine-Grayson-Author-Photo-671x1024USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes in almost every genre. Generally, she uses her real name (Rusch) for most of her writing. Under that name, she publishes bestselling science fiction and fantasy, award-winning mysteries, acclaimed mainstream fiction, controversial nonfiction, and the occasional romance. Her works include:
The Fey series: With a sweeping scope reminiscent of George R.R. Martin’s Westeros and  intricate characters like those in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth, Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Fey series takes fantasy in a whole new direction. When the most powerful ruling family in the world attempts to conquer a tiny, seemingly helpless island kingdom, they meet forces they never knew existed. In a fight spread over generations, this saga of hope and magic proves that the greatest power of all comes from love;
The Retrieval Artist series – a series of 15 books, consisting of seven standalone novels and the Anniversary Day Saga, an epic, eight-book story of conspiracy, revenge and shadowy justice. Miles Flint, no stranger to tough cases, walks a razor edge as he and others struggle to save the Moon from total destruction. Where will you be when the bombs go off?
And the Diving series: a space opera set in a vividly imagined far-future universe, featuring a strong, capable female heronie, blending fast-paced action with an exploration of the nature of friendship and the ethics of scientific discoveries.
Her novels have made bestseller lists around the world and her short fiction has appeared in eighteen best of the year collections. She has won more than twenty-five awards for her fiction, including the Hugo, Le Prix Imaginales, the Asimov’s Readers Choice award, and the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Choice Award.
Rusch publishes mystery novels under the pseudonym Kris Nelscott. Publications from The Chicago Tribune to Booklist have included her Nelscott mystery novels in their top-ten-best mystery novels of the year. The Nelscott books have received nominations for almost every award in the mystery field, including the best novel Edgar Award, and the Shamus Award. Her Nelscott mystery novels include the Smokey Dalton series: Memphis, 1968. Black P.I., white client. And Martin Luther King’s on the way… Memphis P.I. SMOKEY DALTON is hired by a wealthy woman from Chicago to find out why her mother left him $10,00 in her will. Toss in the fact that 1968 Memphis is a racial powderkeg set to go off, with an on-going Sanitation Workers’ Strike and the impending arrival of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. contributing to the mix. Now add in that Smokey’s developing a strong, and apparently mutual attraction to his white client, and you’ve got one hell of a read that offers an unflinching look at a pivotal moment in American history. He’s an appealing private eye, a loner with a strong set of ethics, burning with anger at the injustices he sees everyday, but careful to distance himself from the struggle for equality swirling all around him, or any personal involvement. He doesn’t even commit himself to his profession –he prefers to call himself an “odd-jobs man.” But the distance Smokey tries to keep is rapidly shrinking, even as his attraction grows, and it soon becomes obvious that somehow, somewhere, his client’s life and his are inextricably linked.51KKC261VJL
Rusch writes goofy romance novels as award-winner Kristine Grayson, romantic suspense as Kristine Dexter, futuristic science fiction as Kris DeLake, and has sold a number of short stories.
She also edits. Beginning with work at the innovative publishing company, Pulphouse, followed by her award-winning tenure at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, she took fifteen years off before returning to editing with the original anthology series Fiction River, published by WMG Publishing. She acts as series editor with her husband, writer Dean Wesley Smith, and edits at least two anthologies in the series per year on her own.
Rusch is one of the few people who can boast having both “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” on her resume, being the author of Star Wars: The New Rebellion, and writing or co-writing ten novels set in the Star Trek universe.
Sandy Schofield is the pen name that Kristine Kathryn Rusch and her husband Dean Wesley Smith use for their collaborative writing works. Leapers will know Sandy Schofield best as the “author” of the Quantum Leap novel “Loch Ness Leap”: Dr Donald Harding, theoretical physicist, believes only in science. His son Travis believes in the unbelievable. It’s March of 1986 when Sam leaps into Harding, who has come to Loch Ness, where his son is attempting to prove to him the existence of the fabled monster. Ziggy says that there is a fifty percent chance that Sam is there to keep the two from becoming permanently estranged. But Sam suspects that there is something more to the leap – something concerning Travis Harding’s girlfriend, an oddly familiar young woman who calls herself Dixie Fuller. Sam is right. He is not at Loch Ness for Donald Harding’s son – he is there for his own daughter. And what he does will be the key to her future – as well as his own…




QLP Bonus Episode: Lee Harvey Oswald

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On this Bonus Episode of the Quantum Leap Podcast, we analyze Quantum Leap: Lee Harvey Oswald, the season five opener that found Sam Beckett Leaping into the eponymous assassin!

This is also a Barren Space crossover event, as Albie welcomes 11.22.63: An Event Podcast hosts Skipper Martin and Christopher DeFilippis, and Thinking Outside The Long Box host Juan Muro.

We start off our group discussion with spoiler-free first impressions, and then hand the reigns over to Skipper and Christopher as they dive deep into this game-changing episode of Quantum Leap.

We also have interviews with veteran actor Elya Baskin, who played Major Yuri Kosenko in the episode, and colorist Bryan McMahan, who worked behind the scenes on Quantum Leap during seasons 3-5.

If you enjoy this special episode, you can here more of Skipper and Christopher on the 11.22.63 Podcast, where they talk about 11.22.63, the Hulu event miniseries, and the Stephen King novel on which it’s based.

Oh boy!


00:00:01: Intro
00:00:09: Quantum Leap: Lee Harvey Oswald Promo
00:01:04: Welcome
00:01:30: Enter Albie and Juan!
00:03:15: Bonus Episode? What Gives?
00:04:25: Spoiler-Free Discussion of Quantum Leap LHO
00:15:28: Spoiler Discussion Begins
00:26:17: Mad Props to Albie and Juan
00:29:00: Is That A Violin?
00:29:33: And Then There Were Two: What Skip and Chris Really Think About the Lee Harvey Oswald Episode
00:42:24: Donald P. Bellisario on Writing (and Meeting) Lee Harvey Oswald
00:46:58: Lee Harvey Oswald: Morals, Meanings and Messages
00:56:22: Expectations for Hulu’s 11.22.63 Series Adaptation
01:01:50: 11.22.63 Podcast Interviews to Come
01:06:20: Elya Baskin Interview
01:46:40: Bryan McMahan Interview
03:04:24: More 11.22.63 Interviews to Come
03:06:11: Contact Us!
03:08:00: Barren Space Plug
03:09:18: Where to Find Skipper
03:10:32: Where to Find Chris
03:11:44: Wrap Up
03:12:46: Credits

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