Tuesday, February 01, 2011

The Rough Guide to Space Opera: Kristine Kathryn Rusch - Blue Tyson

Kristine Kathryn Rusch is an extremely versatile author able to move across genres with ease and great consistency of quality. She has produced many novels across science fiction, fantasy, crime and romance, and is probably moving towards the two hundred short story mark. Of her science fiction, the Retrieval Artist series is of interest. Recently she set out to write an accessible and interesting space opera series, first in novella and then novel form in her Diving Into the Wreck universe.

The Diving Into the Wreck sequence is about a captain who runs a crew of salvagers, and their job is to explore derelict starships. When they find an ancient ship out of legend that should not exist is when the dangers start. These ships had great drives that did bad and dangerous things to space and time when in operation. This has lethal consequences. It also ties in to what happened to her mother when she was young because of her father and his work. The two novellas form the first two parts of the novel version of Diving Into the Wreck, and Becoming One With the Ghosts is another novella, post the first novel, where they meet the crew of one of these ancient lost ships.

Diving Into the Wreck [short story]

The Room of Lost Souls

Diving Into the Wreck

Becoming One With the Ghosts