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About

A Celebration of the Diving Universe

Kristine Kathryn Rusch

But…girls don’t read science fiction, the confused librarian said to me on that day 45 years ago. This girl did. I had just finished an Andre Norton novel, and I wanted more. Back then, I thought Andre Norton was a guy, but I didn’t really care. I liked spaceships and adventures and space itself. 

I discovered Star Trek on my own (although my dad forbid it) and went with friends to the first Star Wars movie.  Then Ripley survived that scary alien thing in space where no one heard her scream, and I fell deeply in love with all things sf.

My imagination goes to space often. I started writing stories in the Diving Universe because I wanted to live in space and have adventures, and writing about it is the next best thing.

Because of Leia, because of Ripley, my imagination knows that strong women belong in space. My character, whom others call Boss, lives at the heart of that universe. 

Two years ago, I realized that before I could write the next book about Boss, though, I needed to figure out what happened in the past, long before any of my current characters were born. 

So…I started what I thought was a short story. It became a 260,000 word adventure novel called The Renegat, because I can’t do world-building without telling a story.

When I finished the book, I realized that this novel is a perfect entry point for new readers.

I also ended up with a mountain of unfinished material, false starts, and even a full novella that I had to excise from the piece. I didn’t want to leave those threads dangling on my computer.

I decided I needed the perfect venue to share all of this. 

I decided to do a Kickstarter.

The Perfect Project

I’d been hoping to do a Kickstarter for fiction for a long time, but I needed the perfect project. I needed a finished novel that had some reader support, and a lot of material to share with my readers.

But that novel had to stand alone. 

I despaired of doing any of that with my various series, until I finished The Renegat. Now, I have a standalone book in an ongoing series, and a lot of extras to give away.

I also have plans for the series that I need a bit of financial help to accomplish. The Diving novels need hardcover editions. WMG Publishing (who puts out these books) and I have discussed this for years, but we needed funds to make it worth our while to pull staff off other projects and put them on the hardcover project.

So…this Kickstarter has four functions.

First, it allows me to share The Renegat with fans months before the book comes out.

Second, it stands alone, so new readers can pick up the book.

Third, it gives me an excuse to give away the new novella which I had to remove from the book (as well as some other extras... see the rewards).

And…fourth, it gives us enough money to put the entire series into hardcover.

About Me

But…girls don’t read science fiction, that confused librarian said.

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 female (and only) 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 and Hugos 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.) As I write this, three short works from the Diving Universe have made the 2019 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.

Fun Rewards

Everyone who backs this Kickstarter at the $5 and above will receive an ebook of The Renegat

The Kickstarter also gave me an excuse to assemble two books of extras—unfinished side trails, some from The Renegat, and many from earlier books, along with some essays about the entire project.

Of course, backers at the higher levels will get the hardcovers of the series as we complete them. And there are some other fun things here as well. You can get some of the lectures I’ve done for WMG Publishing about writing, or you can join the monthly Ask Kris Anything sessions. Those are live webinars, and you can ask questions about Diving to your heart’s content.

If we make our $5,000 stretch goal, every backer will get a copy of the novella, “Escaping Amnthra,” which is a side story that couldn’t fit into the novel. (“Escape” stands alone as well.)

One Last Thing

I’m so excited to share the novel, the novella, and all of the extras with you. I hope you’ll consider backing the project. 

Thanks so much for your time.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch

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FIRST STRETCH GOAL

If this campaign reaches $5,000, every backer of any reward will get a free ebook copy of Escaping Amnthra

(This novella will first be published in Asimov's SF Magazine, so will be sent to backers in February 2020.)

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SECOND STRETCH GOAL

If this campaign gets to $7,500, we have a double stretch goal. That's right, two parts. 

First, every supporter who pledged for a reward of any size will get an ebook of my acclaimed novella RECOVERING APOLLO 8. An award winning story of a slightly alternate world where Apollo 8 veered tragically off course. The event sent the astronauts, and the space program, hurtling into space, lost and helpless. A gripping read of a possible future.

Second, for the writers following this and my blog, if this campaign gets to $7,500, everyone will get their choice of a WMG Publishing lecture, any one of the over forty lectures available. This is a $50 value for everyone.

So an electronic copy of RECOVERING APOLLO 8 and a choice of a WMG Publishing lecture.

(This stretch goal will be available to backers in June.)

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THIRD STRETCH GOAL

If this campaign gets to $10,000, we have another double stretch goal. Yes, once again, two very special parts. 

First, every supporter who pledged for a reward of any size will get an ebook of my Retrieval Artist novella THE POSSESSION OF PAAVO DESHIN. Here is the blurb for it to give you a sense of this stand-alone Retrieval Artist novella.

Paavo Deshin sees ghosts. The same two ghosts who approached him on the school playground, ghosts who look older and actually smell bad. Paavo’s cry for help brings the authorities, a few lawyers, and Retrieval Artist Miles Flint, who learns some secrets about the ghosts—and about Paavo’s parents. This novella in the Retrieval Artist series received a Special Mention from the prestigious international UPC contest.

Second part of this stretch goal is once again for the writers following this and my blog. If this campaign gets to $10,000, everyone will get their choice of a WMG Publishing Classic Workshop, any one of the twenty-two Classic Workshops available. This is a $150 value for everyone.

So an electronic copy of THE POSSESSION OF PAAVO DESHIN and a choice of a WMG Publishing Classic Workshop.

(This stretch goal will be available to backers in June.)

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FOURTH STRETCH GOAL

If this campaign gets to $12,500, we have another double stretch goal. 

Yes, once again, two very special parts. And wow, are these two special. In fact, both halves of this stretch goal have numbers of stories and writing help.

The first half... Every supporter who pledged for a reward of any size will get an ebook collection called The Early Conundrums. Five stories set at science fiction conventions and featuring Spade and Paladin, two of my most popular characters, both crime-solving science fiction fans. Plus you also get the story "The Really Big Ka-Boom" and the story "At Witt's End" in electronic form. 

So seven different Spade/Paladin stories as a stretch goal.

And that's only the first half of this fantastic stretch goal.

Second part of this stretch goal is once again for the writers following this and my blog. If this campaign gets to $12,500, everyone will get all six of the Advanced Business Lectures. Such lectures as "Corporations for Writers, Taxes for Writers, IP Valuation" and three more. This is a $250 value for everyone.

So if this campaign hits this stretch goal, by getting any reward, you will get (at no extra charge) a Spade/Paladin collection and two more short stories, plus all six of the Advanced Business Lectures from WMG Publishing.

And thank you for your support.

(This stretch goal will be available to backers in June.)

Risks and challenges

The Renegat is already finished, as are all rewards in this project except for putting the series into hardback. We have done numbers of successful campaigns before. So this project has very, very little risk.

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    THE RENEGAT and Two Books of Extra

    Get an early electronic edition of the brand new Diving Universe novel THE RENEGAT.

    Plus two large electronic books of all the extra scenes and materials not used in the writing of the Diving novels and a number of essays. Three books total for those hard-core Diving Universe fans, or writers who want to see how a major novel often has a lot of unused parts when completed.

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    Hone Your Writing Skills

    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.

    -- Also you get an early ebook copy of THE RENEGAT, the new Diving Universe novel and the two books of extra material and essays.

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    Seven Different Writing Books by Kris

    Seven 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.

    -- 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

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    Get an early trade paper edition of the brand new Diving Universe novel THE RENEGAT.

    Plus two large trade paper edition books of all the extra scenes and materials not used in the writing of Diving novels, including a number of essays. Three books total for those hard-core Diving Universe fans, or writers who want to see how writing a major novel often has a lot of unused parts when completed.

    So in this reward...

    -- Early trade paper edition of the new Diving Universe novel THE RENEGAT
    -- Two trade paper books full of essays and extras and unused material from writing THE RENEGAT

    This is a special offer to this Kickstarter campaign only.

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    All 11 Diving Universe Books

    Get All 11 Diving Universe Books in electronic format.

    Plus the two books of extras...

    In this reward you will get:

    -- Diving into the Wreck: A Diving Novel
    -- The Application of Hope: A Diving Universe Novella
    -- Becalmed: A Diving Universe Novella
    -- 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 Spires of Denon: A Diving Universe Novella

    -- Also you get an early ebook copy of THE RENEGAT, the large new Diving Universe novel. Plus as a bonus the two books in electronic editions of extras and essays by Kris about the different parts cut out of different Diving novels.

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    Signed Limited Hardback of The Renegat

    Get a signed, limited edition of the brand new Diving Universe novel THE RENEGAT.

    Signed by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and limited.

    Plus two large trade paper edition books of all the extra scenes and materials not used in the writing of Diving novels and a number of essays. Three books total for those hard-core Diving Universe fans, or writers who want to see how a major novel often has a lot of unused parts when completed.

    So in this reward...

    -- Signed/limited hardcover edition of the new Diving Universe novel THE RENEGAT
    -- Two trade paper books full of essays and extras and unused material from writing THE RENEGAT

    This is a special offer to this Kickstarter campaign only.

    (Shipping is flat rate priority mail box for $12.00 inside the United States only.)

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    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 large new Diving novel called THE RENEGAT.

    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 Universe novel THE RENEGAT and the two books of extras.

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    7 Different Writing Books in Paper

    Seven 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 is the massive Freelancer's Survival Guide.

    -- 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

    Also you get an early paper copy of THE RENEGAT, the new Diving Universe novel and the two books of extras and essays.

    10 Books Total!!

    (This will be $20 in shipping only to the United States because the Freelancer's Survival Guide and THE RENAGAT are both so large and heavy.)

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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 THE RENEGAT, the new Diving Universe novel and the two books full of extras and essays.

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    All 11 Diving Universe Books in Paper

    Get All 11 Diving Universe Books in trade paper format.

    Plus the two books of extras...

    In this reward you will get:

    -- Diving into the Wreck: A Diving Novel
    -- The Application of Hope: A Diving Universe Novella
    -- Becalmed: A Diving Universe Novella
    -- 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 Spires of Denon: A Diving Universe Novella

    -- Also you get an early trade paper copy of THE RENEGAT, the large new Diving Universe novel. Plus as a bonus the two books in trade paper editions of extras and essays by Kris about the different parts cut out of Diving novels.

    13 different trade paper books.

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    Writing Workshop

    Writing or Publishing Workshop

    Your 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 thirty available.

    Also you get an early ebook copy of THE RENEGAT, the new Diving Universe novel, plus the two books of extras of parts cut out of various Diving novels and essays by Kris.

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    11 Diving Books in Hardback

    Get All 11 Diving Universe Books in hardback with dust jackets.

    Plus the two books of extras...

    This reward is one of the reasons we are doing this Kickstarter campaign to get this entire series into hardback editions.

    In this reward you will get:

    -- Diving into the Wreck: A Diving Novel
    -- The Application of Hope: A Diving Universe Novella
    -- Becalmed: A Diving Universe Novella
    -- 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 Spires of Denon: A Diving Universe Novella

    -- Also you get a signed/limited hardback of THE RENEGAT, the large new Diving Universe novel. Plus as a bonus the two books in trade paper editions of extras and essays by Kris.

    13 different books.

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    Ask Kris Anything Live Webinars

    Six Ask Kris Anything Live Webinars

    Over the next year, every month, Kris will be doing a live webinar with a limited number of fans and writers who want to ask her questions. This live webinar will be at 11 am West Coast Time on the third Sunday of every month. You can ask her about her work, or any writing question, or even about cats.

    This reward is six different webinars, six months worth. Kris will be on live video, the writers and fans asking the questions will be typing in their questions or sending them ahead of time. A great way to get to know Kris and ask her just about anything you want.

    Also you get an early ebook copy of THE RENEGAT, the new Diving Universe novel, plus two books of extras cut out of Diving novels and essays by Kris.

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    Three Workshop Package

    Your choice of three six-week online writing or publishing workshops with Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch. (Workshops are normally $300 each.) Dean will contact you about which workshops you are interested in after this closes and where to find the list of workshops. There are over 30 available. You can take as many as you like, just add $250 for each additional workshop. You can also take the workshops at any time you would like into the future. These are basically workshop credits.

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    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 five 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. There is so much more in the Vegas workshops, but those taking the Study Along part find it challenging.

    Lifetime Subscription gets you all of the Study Along workshops online going forward.

    Also you get an early ebook copy of THE RENEGAT, the new Diving Universe novel plus two books of extras.

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    Lifetime Subscription to WMG Workshops

    Lifetime WMG Workshops...

    Over $16,000 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 six strength workshops, all regular workshops and some workshops no longer available any other way. (Does not include lectures or study along workshops. They have their own subscription packages.)

    This is a total, at the moment, of 63 different workshops worth over $16,000 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.

    Also you get an early ebook copy of THE RENEGAT, the new Diving Universe novel plus the two books of extras cut from Diving novels and Kris essays.

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