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The Runabout: A Diving Novel

Kristine Kathryn Rusch

A graveyard of spaceships, abandoned by the mysterious Fleet thousands of years earlier. Boss calls it "the Boneyard." She needs the ships inside to expand her work for Lost Souls Corporation. Yash Zarlengo thinks the Boneyard will help her discover if the Fleet still exists.

Boss and Yash, while exploring the Boneyard, discover a small ship with a powerful and dangerous problem: The ship's active anacapa drive.

To escape the Boneyard, Boss must deal with the drive. Which means she'll have to dive the ship on limited time and under extremely dangerous conditions. And she can't go alone.

A heart-stopping adventure that continues the thrill ride of Kristine Kathryn Rusch's award-winning Diving series.

Praise for The Runabout:

"[The Runabout] is so good, it will make you want to read the other stories."


"Engrossing. Detailed. Imaginative. I had never heard of the author's Diving series before reading this. I should have. It is good. Really good."

--Tangent Online

"This is a partner to the previous story in the Diving Universe [The Falls]. ... I loved seeing the other side of the story."

--Mixed Book Bag

Book Details

  • Publisher: Wmg Publishing, Inc.
  • Publish Date: Mar 11st, 2020
  • Pages: 170
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 0.39in - 0.57lb
  • EAN: 9781561463428
  • Categories: Science Fiction - Space OperaScience Fiction - Action & AdventureScience Fiction - Military

About the Author

Rusch, Kristine Kathryn: - New York Times 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 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. Publications from The Chicago Tribune to Booklist have included her Kris 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. She writes goofy romance novels as award-winner Kristine Grayson. 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. To keep up with everything she does, go to and sign up for her newsletter. To track her many pen names and series, see their individual websites (,,,,,
Praise for this book

"The Diving Universe, conceived by Hugo-Award winning author Kristine [Kathryn] Rusch is a refreshingly new and fleshed out realm of sci-fi action and adventure." --Astroguyz

"Kristine Kathryn Rusch is best known for her Retrieval Artist series, so maybe you've missed her Diving Universe series. If so, it's high time to remedy that oversight." --Analog

"This is classic sci-fi, a well-told tale of dangerous exploration. The first-person narration makes the reader an eye witness to the vast, silent realms of deep space, where even the smallest error will bring disaster. Compellingly human and technically absorbing, the suspense builds to fevered intensity, culminating in an explosive yet plausible conclusion." --RT Book Reviews (Top Pick) on Diving into the Wreck

"Rusch delivers a page-turning space adventure while contemplating the ethics of scientists and governments working together on future tech." --Publishers Weekly on Diving into the Wreck

"Rusch keeps the science accessible, the cultures intriguing, and the characters engaging. For anyone needing to add to their science fiction library, keep an eye out for this." --Speculative Fiction Examiner on City of Ruins

"Rusch's latest addition to her Diving series features a strong, capable female heroine and a vividly imagined far-future universe. Blending fast-paced action with an exploration of the nature of friendship and the ethics of scientific discoveries, this tale should appeal to Rusch's readers and fans of space opera." --Library Journal on Boneyards

"Rusch follows Diving into the Wreck and City of Ruins with another fast-paced novel of the far future... [Rusch's] sensibilities will endear this book to readers looking for a light, quick space adventure with strong female protagonists." --Publishers Weekly on Boneyards

"...a fabulous outer space thriller that rotates perspective between the divers, the Alliance and to a lesser degree the Empire. Action-packed and filled with twists yet allowing the reader to understand the motives of the key players, Skirmishes is another intelligent exciting voyage into the Rusch Diving universe." --The Midwest Book Review on Skirmishes

"A skillful blend of science fiction and murder mystery which keeps ratcheting up the stakes." --Worlds Without End on The Falls

"[The Runabout] is so good, it will make you want to read the other stories." --SFRevu on The Runabout

"By mixing cerebral and investigative elements, emotional character segments, and the adrenaline of action, Rusch tells a complete yet varied tale that will please science fiction readers looking for something different from the usual fare." --Publishers Weekly on Searching for the Fleet