The Return of Boss
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The Return of Boss

Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Sometimes I write really big sagas in the middle of my really big universes. I’ve been writing the saga about the Boneyard/Scrapheaps for a while now, set inside the Diving Universe. In order to understand it all, I had to write some side novels which are The Falls, and The Renegat, as well as some side novellas.

The readers want Boss, the main character of the Diving Universe, and finally, finally! she returns in Thieves

This book takes place at the same time as the novel Searching for the Fleet.

While I was trying to figure out the book after Thieves, I needed to know something about the Enterran Empire. So I wrote what I thought was a side story, Squishy’s Teams. That turned into a novel, because Squishy sent out several teams to destroy something the Empire calls stealth tech. After Boneyards, we thought we knew what happened to the teams. We were wrong.

The novel Squishy's Teams takes place simultaneously with the novel Boneyards. It has taken a lot for Thieves to come together. There are some surprises in the novel that I can’t wait to share with you. Which is why we’re doing this Kickstarter now. We’d love to have you get a copy of the ebook before anyone else does.

If you back at the $5 level, you’ll get the ebook of Thieves. You’ll also get the ebook with every other level as well.

If you want Squishy’s Teams, there is a reward which will give you the Squishy's Teams novel and Thieves, both months ahead of publication.

About Me

I had a very confused librarian once say to me, "But girls don't read science fiction."

Except this girl always has. And I started reading it in the library because wonderful librarians let me explore every section of the library.

Because of them—and Kate Wilhelm, and Ursula K. Le Guin, and all of my other mentors and teachers—I started publishing sf in my early twenties. I won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer the year I turned 30, became the first (and only) female editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction when I turned 31 and won a Hugo for that. I’ve won a Hugo for my fiction as well—the only person (so far) to win the Best Editor Hugo as well as a Hugo for fiction.

I’ve won 15 readers’ choice awards, been nominated for many more (the bulk from my stories in Asimov’s and Analog), won awards overseas for my sf in translation, and that doesn’t count all the awards I’ve won for fiction in other genres. My short fiction has appeared in more than twenty best-of-the-year anthologies. I’ve written Star Trek and Star Wars books, and my own novels have sold millions of copies worldwide. Right now, all three of my main series are in development for film and/or TV.

The Diving Universe itself has sold more than 3 million copies in English alone, in book form alone. (In other words, I’m not counting audio or translation sales.) And in 2019 three short works from the Diving Universe made the Asimov’s Reader’s Choice ballot.

Not only does this girl read sf, she writes it too—and has done so successfully since the mid-1980s.

Thank you all for your support of my books and my Diving Universe.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch


DIVING INTO THE WRECK GAME!!

An Encounters Game from Catalyst Game Lab

Boss Needs Your Help!

Gear up, check your lines, and prepare to descend into the latest wreck discovered by Boss and her crew of salvage experts. Build resources, explore lost ships and abandoned space stations, and hopefully escape with something more than your lives.

A cooperative push-your-luck encounters game. Players use a set of six dice to defeat a "storyline" of Challenge cards, hoping to discover deeper secrets as they go. Accrue and spend resources, watch each other's back, and solve each phase in time to escape the final challenge.

Fifty-five cards; 6 dice; 1 rules sheet. Heroics not included.

Game will retail from Catalyst for $11.95, but you can get it here on this campaign for only $10.00. You can get it with both new books, or add it to any other reward for $10, or five games at a time to give as gifts. See the rewards and add-ons.

FIRST STRETCH GOAL...$5,000... Unlocked!! 

All Stretch Goals are automatically included with all late pledges at this point...

If this campaign reaches $5,000, every backer of any reward at the $5.00 level and above will get a free ebook copy of the Diving novella Maelstrom.

(This novella will first be published in Asimov's SF Magazine, so will be sent to backers in March 2021.)

SECOND STRETCH GOAL...$7,500... Unlocked!!

If this campaign reaches $7,500, every backer of any reward at the $5.00 level and above will get a free ebook copy of Fiction River Presents: Space Travelers, edited by Kris.

Each backer will also receive a free Diving Universe Zoom background screen.

THIRD STRETCH GOAL...$10,000... Unlocked!!!

If this campaign reaches $10,000, every backer of any reward at the $5.00 level and above will get a free ebook copy of the novella, The End of the World.

And for writers, each backer will also receive free the new Pop-Up, How to Write a Novella taught by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith. This is a $150 value. They have put this Pop-Up together just for this campaign.

FOURTH STRETCH GOAL...$12,500... Unlocked!!!

If this campaign reaches $12,500, every backer of any reward at the $5.00 level and above will get a free ebook copy of the novella, The Tower.

And for writers, each backer will also receive free the new Pop-Up, Science Fiction World Building taught by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith. This is a $150 value. They have put this Pop-Up together just for this campaign.

FIFTH STRETCH GOAL...$15,000... Unlocked!!

If this campaign reaches $15,000, every backer of any reward at the $5.00 level and above will get a free ebook copy of the novel Alien Influences.

And for writers, each backer will also receive free the new Pop-Up, Creating Believable Aliens in Science Fiction, taught by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith. This is a $150 value. They have put this Pop-Up together just for this campaign.

SIXTH STRETCH GOAL...$20,000... Unlocked

If this campaign reaches $20,000, every backer of any reward at the $5.00 level and above will get a free ebook copy of the Kristine Kathryn Rusch's science fiction thriller Snipers.

And for writers, each backer will also receive free the new Pop-Up, Living In Space, taught by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith. (In essence, how to make it seem like you are living in space when you have never been to space.) This is a $150 value. They have put this Pop-Up together just for this campaign.

ALL OF THESE STRETCH GOALS ARE INCLUDED WITH EVERY REWARD AT THIS POINT.

$5 4 claimed

Early Copy of Thieves

Get an early electronic edition of the brand-new Diving Universe Boss novel THIEVES.This is also given with every other reward above $5.00.
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$10 11 claimed

Copies of THIEVES and SQUISHY'S TEAMS

Get early electronic copies of both the new Boss Diving novel THIEVES and the new Diving Universe novel SQUISHY'S TEAMS. Both novels will get to you in October, far ahead of the normal publication date.
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Thieves and Searching for the Fleet

Since the novel THIEVES takes place at the same time as SEARCHING FOR THE FLEET, here is a chance to get electronic copies of both. THIEVES will be sent out early and SEARCHING FOR THE FLEET will be sent with it.
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Trade Paper Copy of THIEVES

Get an early trade paper copy of the brand-new Diving Boss novel THIEVES.Shipping is $5 and we can only ship to the United States.
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SQUISHY'S TEAMS, and BONEYARDS

Since SQUISHY'S TEAMS takes place at the exact same time as BONEYARDS, here they both are. THIEVES is also included and all three will be sent out in October together far ahead of publication date of SQUISHY'S TEAMS AND THIEVES.
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DIVING NOTEBOOKS OF EXTRAS

Get an early electronic edition of the brand-new Boss novel THIEVES along with two large electronic books of all the extra scenes and materials not used in the writing of the Diving novels, plus a number of essays. 

Three books total for those hard-core Diving Universe fans, or writers who want to see how a major series often has a lot of unused parts when completed. The two NOTEBOOKS contain those parts. The only place these Diving Notebooks are for sale is in these Diving Kickstarter campaigns. 

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DIVING UNIVERSE MASK

Custom-made quilted face mask with the Diving Universe logo and THIEVES art on it. Really nifty. They come in four sizes and are made by Contrado.  This also includes an ebook copy of THIEVES. (Shipping is included and is only inside the United States.)

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$20

Hardback Copy of MAELSTROM

Maelstrom is the new stand-along Diving Universe novella that will be out in March 2021. It will be in case-laminate hardback form.Shipping is $12 and we can only ship to the United States.
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DIVING INTO THE WRECK GAME

DIVING INTO THE WRECK encounters game from Catalyst Game Labs plus early electronic copies of both the new Boss Diving novel THIEVES and the new Diving Universe novel SQUISHY'S TEAMS. 

Both novels will get to you in October, far ahead of the normal publication date. 

The game will ship in November.Shipping for the game is $2.00 and includes 55 cards, six dice, and a rules sheet inside a nifty box.

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Hardback Copy of THIEVES

Get an early hardcover in dust jacket of the brand-new Diving Boss novel THIEVES.Shipping is $12 and we can only ship to the United States.
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$25

Hardback Copy of SQUISHY'S TEAMS

Get an early hardcover in dust jacket of the brand-new Diving Universe novel SQUISHY'S TEAMS.Shipping is $12 and we can only ship to the United States.
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$30

Paper of THIEVES and SQUISHY'S TEAMS

Trade paper copies of both of the new Diving novels, THIEVES and SQUISHY'S TEAMS, sent out before regular publication of either book. Shipping is $5 and only to the United States.
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$40 1 claimed

Hone Your Writing Skill

Writers Lecture.Fine-tune your writing and publishing abilities with an online lecture from Kristine Kathryn Rusch.Pick any one of three lectures Kris has recorded herself.-- How to Write a Short Story Lecture-- Read Like a Writer Lecture-- How to Research for A Fiction Writer Lecture.

Each are a minimum of $50 to $75 normally. Or exchange the lecture for any of the 42 lectures WMG Publishing has available.Lecture delivered in September. You also get an electronic copy of the new Diving Boss novel, THIEVES

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$45

Hardbacks of THIEVES and SQUISHY'S TEAMS

Hardback in dust jacket copies of both of the new Diving novels, THIEVES and SQUISHY'S TEAMS, sent out before regular publication of either book. Shipping is $10 and only to the United States.
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$45 1 claimed

Eight Different Writing Books by Kris

Eight different electronic edition non-fiction books to help writers and those in small business, all written by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

Included in this reward are the books is the massive Freelancer's Survival Guide and her newest nonfiction book, RETHINKING THE WRITING BUSINESS.

-- The Freelancer's Survival Guide

-- The Pursuit of Perfection And How It Harms Writers

-- Discoverability

-- The Write Attitude

-- Closing the Deal...on Your Terms

-- Creating Your Author Brand

-- Writing with Chronic Illness

-- Rethinking the Writing Business

Also you get an early ebook copy of THIEVES, the new Diving Boss novel in October.

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$50 1 claimed

ALL 10 DIVING UNIVERSE NOVELS

Get All 10 Diving Universe Novels in electronic format.Plus the two books of extras...In this reward you will get:

-- Diving into the Wreck: A Diving Novel

-- City of Ruins: A Diving Novel

-- Boneyards: A Diving Novel

-- Skirmishes: A Diving Nove

l-- The Falls: A Diving Universe Novel

-- The Runabout: A Diving Novel

-- Searching for the Fleet: A Diving Novel

-- The Renegat: A Diving Nove

l-- Squishy's Teams: A Diving Universe Novel

-- Thieves: A Diving Novel

Plus the two Notebooks full of extra material from the Diving Universe. Thieves will be delivered in October.

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$50

GIVE THE GIFT OF A GAME

Five DIVING INTO THE WRECK card games to give to friends and family. These will ship before the holiday season and would make great stocking stuffers for your family or gaming friends.

This also includes an ebook copy of THIEVES.

Each game includes 55 cards, six dice, and an instruction sheet inside a nifty box. Shipping is $5 and only inside the United States.

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$60

All 15 Diving Novellas

ALL 15 DIVING NOVELLAS IN ELECTRONIC FORM---- 

NOVELLAS INCLUDED IN THE NOVELS:- 

Diving into the Wreck (included in Diving into the Wreck)

- The Room of Lost Souls (included in Diving into the Wreck)

- Becoming One with the Ghosts (included in City of Ruins)

- Stealth (included in Boneyards)

- Strangers at the Room of Lost Souls (included in Skirmishes)

- Encounter at Starbase Kappa (included in Skirmishes) 

- Dix (included in Searching for the Fleet)

- Lieutenant Tightass (included in Searching for the Fleet)

- The Rescue of the Renegat (included in The Renegat)

- Joyride (included in The Renegat)STANDALONE NOVELLAS

- The Application of Hope

- Becalmed

- The Spires of Denon

- Escaping Amnthra

- Maelstrom

These all in electronic format. All can be delivered quickly with the exception of the new novella Maelstrom which will deliver in March, 2021.

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$75

SIGNED, LIMITED HARDBACK OF THIEVES

Get a signed, numbered copy of Thieves in hardback with dust jacket. Kris's signature and the numbering will be on a specially designed art plate in the front of the book. Limited to only 50 copies, of which 45 will be for sale. Shipping is $12 Priority Mail and can only go to the United States.
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$90

All 18 Retrieval Artist Universe Books

All 18 Retrieval Artist Books in electronic format.Kris has a second major science fiction series called The Retrieval Artist series. In this reward you can get them all in electronic format, plus the new Diving novel THIEVES.

In this reward you will get these novels:

-- The Disappeared

-- Extremes

-- Consequences

-- Buried Deep

-- Paloma

-- Recovery Man

-- Duplicate Effort

-- Anniversary Day

-- Blowback

-- A Murder of Clones

-- Search & Recovery

-- The Peyti Crisis

-- Vigilantes

-- Starbase Human

-- Masterminds

And also these three novellas:-- The Retrieval Artist: A Retrieval Artist Novella-- The Recovery Man’s Bargain: A Retrieval Artist Novella-- The Possession of Paavo Deshin: A Retrieval Artist Novella

Plus you will get early the new Diving novel THIEVES in October.

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$100

Hardcover of 5 Diving Novellas

5 DIVING NOVELLAS IN CASE-LAMINATE HARDCOVERThe novellas in case-laminate hardcover are the five that stand alone in the series.

- The Application of Hope

- Becalmed

- The Spires of Denon

- Escaping Amnthra

- Maelstrom

All will deliver in March, 2021 when Maelstrom comes out.Shipping is $20 and in the United States Only

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$100

Eight Different Paper Writing Books

Eight different trade paper edition non-fiction books to help writers and those in small business, all written by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.Included in this reward are the books is the massive Freelancer's Survival Guide and her newest nonfiction book, RETHINKING THE WRITING BUSINESS.

-- The Freelancer's Survival Guide

-- The Pursuit of Perfection And How It Harms Writers

-- Discoverability

-- The Write Attitude

-- Closing the Deal...on Your Terms

-- Creating Your Author Brand

-- Writing with Chronic Illness

-- Rethinking the Writing Business

Also you get an early ebook copy of THIEVES, the new Diving Boss novel in October.

Shipping is $20 and only to the United States.

Pledge $100
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Three Lectures to Hone Your Skills

Three Lectures.Fine-tune your writing and publishing abilities with three online lectures from Kristine Kathryn Rusch. You get all three of the three lectures Kris has done.-- How to Write a Short Story-- Read Like a Writer-- How to Research for A Fiction Writer.Each are a minimum of $50 to $75 normally. Or you can exchange the three lectures for any of the 42 lectures WMG Publishing has available.Also you get an early ebook copy of THIEVES, the new Diving Boss novel in October.
Pledge $120
$150

Paper of ALL 10 DIVING UNIVERSE NOVELS

Get All 10 Diving Universe Novels in trade paper format.Plus the two books of extras...

In this reward you will get:

-- Diving into the Wreck: A Diving Novel

-- City of Ruins: A Diving Novel

-- Boneyards: A Diving Novel

-- Skirmishes: A Diving Novel

-- The Falls: A Diving Universe Novel

-- The Runabout: A Diving Novel

-- Searching for the Fleet: A Diving Novel

-- The Renegat: A Diving Novel

-- Squishy's Teams: A Diving Universe Novel

-- Thieves: A Diving Novel

Plus the two Notebooks full of extra material from the Diving Universe in electronic format. And an electronic copy of Thieves.

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$150 1 claimed

Special Writing Space Opera Workshop

NOT OFFERED ANYWHERE ELSE How to Write Space Opera Special Workshop. Diving is a space opera series. Kris writes two major space opera series and Dean writes one plus both wrote Star Trek. So Kris and Dean have put together this class to help you understand what makes a successful space opera and how to write one. All sorts of details, from world building to depth and openings and characters. How to make your space opera hold readers. This is a three-week workshop, only offered through this Kickstarter campaign. 

Important!!! 

This will only be available starting on October 6th. And an ebook copy of Thieves in October when it comes out early.

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$150

All 15 Diving Novellas in Trade Paper

ALL 15 DIVING NOVELLAS IN TRADE PAPER---- NOVELLAS INCLUDED IN THE NOVELS:

- Diving into the Wreck (included in Diving into the Wreck)

- The Room of Lost Souls (included in Diving into the Wreck)

- Becoming One with the Ghosts (included in City of Ruins)

- Stealth (included in Boneyards)

- Strangers at the Room of Lost Souls (included in Skirmishes)

- Encounter at Starbase Kappa (included in Skirmishes)

 - Dix (included in Searching for the Fleet)

- Lieutenant Tightass (included in Searching for the Fleet)

- The Rescue of the Renegat (included in The Renegat)

- Joyride (included in The Renegat)

STANDALONE NOVELLAS

- The Application of Hope- Becalmed- The Spires of Denon- Escaping Amnthra- Maelstrom

These all in trade paper format. This will deliver in March, 2021 when Maelstrom comes out.

Shipping is $20 and only to the United States.

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$250

Writer's Regular Workshop

Writing or Publishing WorkshopYour choice of a regular six-week online workshop with Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch. (Workshops are normally $300.)You can take as many as you like, just add $250 for each additional workshop. We will contact you about which workshop you are interested in after this closes and where to find the list of workshops. There are over twenty available that are given every month or two.Also you get an early ebook copy of THIEVES, the new Diving Boss novel in October.
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$250

Hardcover of ALL 10 DIVING NOVELS

Get All 10 Diving Universe Novels in hardcover with dust jacket.Plus the two books of extras...In this reward you will get:

-- Diving into the Wreck: A Diving Novel

-- City of Ruins: A Diving Novel

-- Boneyards: A Diving Novel

-- Skirmishes: A Diving Novel

-- The Falls: A Diving Universe Novel

-- The Runabout: A Diving Novel

-- Searching for the Fleet: A Diving Novel

-- The Renegat: A Diving Universe Novel

-- Squishy's Teams: A Diving Universe Novel

-- Thieves: A Diving Novel

Plus the two Notebooks full of extra material from the Diving Universe in electronic format.

And an ebook copy of Thieves in October.

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$1,100

Lifetime Subscription to Study Along

Lifetime Subscription to the Online Study Along Workshops.Three times a year Kris teaches advanced craft workshops in Las Vegas to about ten to twelve invited professionals. Each workshop is on a different topic and lasts four days. Many writers can not make the workshops in Las Vegas for one reason or another, so Kris started an online Study Along series. It runs at the same time.Every craft workshop she teaches in Vegas will have a Study Along component. The writers in the Study Along get the same reading list and videos of Kris talking about each book. They also get the same story assignments. And they get Dean talking about some of Kris's lectures. Dean reads the stories. We are still doing Study Alongs with the pandemic.Lifetime Subscription gets you all of the Study Along workshops online from the past and going forward.Also you get an early ebook copy of THIEVES, the new Diving Boss novel in October.
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$2,500

LIfetime Subscription to WMG Workshops

Lifetime WMG Workshops...Over $18,000 in value of online workshops on the craft of writing and publishing with thousands of teaching videos put together by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith.This includes all classic workshops, all regular monthly workshops, and some workshops no longer available any other way. (Does not include lectures or study along or pop-ups. They have their own subscription packages.)This is a total, at the moment, of 70 plus different workshops worth over $18,000 in value. So if you are serious about learning and getting all the new workshops as they come up, plus doing workshops at your own pace, jump into this lifetime subscription now. We will contact you with more details after this closes.This usually sells for $3,000.Also you get an early ebook copy of THIEVES, the new Diving Boss novel when it comes out in October.
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