Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Born (1960-06-04) June 4, 1960 (age 64)[citation needed]
GenreScience fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, mainstream
SpouseDean Wesley Smith

Kristine Kathryn Rusch (born June 4, 1960[1]) is an American writer and editor. She writes under various pseudonyms in multiple genres, including science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, and mainstream.

Rusch won the Hugo Award for Best Novelette in 2001 for her story "Millennium Babies" and the 2003 Endeavour Award for The Disappeared 2002. Her story "Recovering Apollo 8" won the Sidewise Award for Alternate History (short form) in 2008. Her novel The Enemy Within won the Sidewise (long form) in 2015.[2] She is married to fellow writer Dean Wesley Smith; they have collaborated on several works.

She edited The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction for six years, from mid-1991 through mid-1997, winning one Hugo Award as Best Professional Editor. Rusch and Smith operated Pulphouse Publishing for many years and edited the original (hardback) incarnation of Pulphouse Magazine; they won a World Fantasy Award in 1989.

Beginning in July 2010,[3] Rusch had a regular column in the bi-monthly The Grantville Gazettes e-zine called Notes from The Buffer Zone[4] until the magazine's demise in August 2022.[5]

Rusch became a Writer Judge for the Writers of the Future contest in 2010.[6]


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The Diving Universe



The Fey Universe

The Fey

Black Throne

Retrieval Artist

Star Wars

Stand-alone novels

Short fiction



Pseudonymous work

Works as Kris Rusch

Kristine Kathryn Rusch has written one mainstream novel as "Kris Rusch".

Works as Kris Nelscott

Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes mystery novels using the pen-name "Kris Nelscott", featuring Smokey Dalton, an African-American unlicensed private investigator, in Memphis, Tennessee.

Smokey Dalton

Works as Kristine Grayson

Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes romances, under the name "Kristine Grayson".

Works as Sandy Schofield

Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith use the common pseudonym "Sandy Schofield" for a part of their collaborative works.

Works as Kathryn Wesley

Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith use the common pseudonym "Kathryn Wesley" for a part of their collaborative works.

Collaborations with Kevin J. Anderson


Collaborations with Jerry Oltion

Short fiction

Collaborations with Dean Wesley Smith

The Tenth Planet


Star Trek

The Next Generation
Deep Space Nine



Critical studies and reviews of Rusch's work

A murder of clones
The Peyti crisis


Bibliography notes
  1. ^ "Retrieval Artist Update #3". Kristine Kathryn Rusch. May 27, 2014.
  2. ^ "Retrieval Artist Update #5". Kristine Kathryn Rusch. June 25, 2014.
  3. ^ "Star Wars: The New Rebellion: Star Wars Series". November 1996. Retrieved December 15, 2020.


  1. ^ "Kristine Kathryn Rusch". Mashpee Public Library. Retrieved February 9, 2024.
  2. ^ "Sidewise: Past Winners and Finalists".
  3. ^ "Notes from The Buffer Zone". The Grantville Gazettes. Vol. 30. July 2010. Archived from the original on August 13, 2020.
  4. ^ "Kristine Kathryn Rusch". Grantville Gazette.
  5. ^ "Our Fellow Members of the Ring of Fire Press Family". The Grantville Gazette. Archived from the original on August 16, 2022.
  6. ^ "Writer Judges – Kristine Kathryn Rusch – Writers & Illustrators of the Future". Retrieved January 2, 2022.

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