A Deal with the Devil’s Broker

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My SF novella, A Deal with the Devil’s Broker, is now available at Amazon.

Noemi Ochana is a rookie cargo lifter on the interplanetary freighter Devil’s Broker, where she drives her mech in the cargo bay, stacking crates of processed ore. It’s her first job off of the orbital station where she grew up, and she practically had to sell her soul to get it. Until she fulfills the terms of her contract, she’s essentially company property.

With the cards already stacked against her, Noemi soon learns that not everyone on the Broker wants her to succeed. And when she discovers an onboard conspiracy, Noemi must risk everything to do what’s right, even if it means losing her chance at freedom.

Read an excerpt after the jump!

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“The Girl Beneath the Wagon” out now in Hoofbeats: Flying with Magical Horses

A mysterious girl who is not what she seems. A vicious sorceress bent on breaking the girl’s spirit. A young boy working in his abusive uncle’s sorry excuse for an inn. Their destinies collide one fateful night, and not everyone will survive.

My story “The Girl Beneath the Wagon” out now in Hoofbeats: Flying with Magical Horses.

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“Mythic City Assay Office” out now in Story Emporium 2

What happens to a small mining town high in the Rocky Mountains when a strange meteorite opens a portal to another world? Find out in my weird west short story, “Mythic City Assay Office,” out now in Story Emporium 2. And enjoy a bunch of other great steampunk / weird western /alternative history stories as well, from authors like J.A. Campbell, Lyn McConchie, and David Boop.

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Mr. Asher’s Island

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Unfairly convicted and made to serve his enemy, Fergus McGowan is the only one who can help the very people he is forced to hurt. Armed only with his unique understanding of industrial-age machinery and the analytical insights of the Cambridge mathematician Charles Babbage, he must free not only himself but those factory workers for whom the new age of steam is both their worst nightmare and best hope for a better life.

Buy or read at Amazon.com.

“Grand Tour” in Up and Coming

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My story “Grand Tour” is currently available in Up and Coming: Stories by the 2016 Campbell-Elegible Authors. The anthology “includes 120 authors—who contributed 230 works totaling approximately 1.1 MILLION words of fiction.” Very cool!

This will be available only for a short time—through March 31, 2016. Get your copy here.

My thanks to Joshua Palmatier of Zombies Need Brains, LLC for allowing my story to appear there (it was originally published last year in the ZNB anthology Temporally Out of Order).

Thanks as well to S.L. Huang and Kurt Hunt for putting Up and Coming together!

Totally Epic

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“Totally Epic”: On the final day of the MMORPG The Worlds of Eledor Online, five squabbling avatars set off on a quest to obtain one last screenshot for the real-life Player who created them. As the hours count down and their server draws closer to being unplugged forever, the party must struggle to overcome internal quarrels, external enemies, and a realm-wide sense of depression. Will they run out of time and forever languish in digital obscurity? Or will they pull together in time to make their final adventure Totally Epic?

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The Opposition of Mars

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“… a real delight. I’ll admit I’m a sucker for astronomy stories.”—Goodreads.com reviewer

“The Opposition of Mars,” out now in The Martian Anthology.

THE MARTIAN ANTHOLOGY: Even in ancient times people stared off into space and watched that red dot in the sky and wondered what was going on up there on Mars. It spurs both scientific inquiry and the imagination. Add two moons with some interesting properties of their own and you have a wonderful place for all kinds of stories of the imagination. Here a colonist finds herself marooned far from home, a rover doesn’t always obey its handlers, Martian invaders struggle with the religious practices of the conquered, working on Mars proves more challenging that anyone could have expected, Martian emissaries express their concerns about their neighbor, a Martian spaceship captain wants his portrait painted and plenty more stories about earth’s neighbor and those who might inhabit it.

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Grand Tour

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“Steve Ruskin has an artist acquire a device that lets him draw authentic historical scenes at the cost of his own art.” —SFRevu.com

“Grand Tour” in Temporally Out of Order.

TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER: It’s frustrating when a gadget stops working. But what if the gadget is working fine, it’s just “temporally” out of order? What would you do if you discovered your cell phone linked you to a different time? Or that your camera took pictures of the past? In this collection, seventeen leading science fiction authors share their take on what happens when gadgets run temporally amok. From past to future, humor to horror, there’s something for everyone. Join Seanan McGuire, Elektra Hammond, David B. Coe, Chuck Rothman, Faith Hunter, Edmund R. Schubert, Steve Ruskin, Sofie Bird, Laura Resnick, Amy Griswold, Laura Anne Gilman, Susan Jett, Gini Koch, Christopher Barili, Stephen Leigh, Juliet E. McKenna, and Jeremy Sim as they investigate how ordinary objects behaving temporally out of order can change our everyday lives.

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Lotus of Albion

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“I loved reading all the tales but a special note for … Lotus of Albion by Steve Ruskin.” —Pebble in the Still Waters

“My top favorites were … Lotus of Albion by Steve Ruskin, the tale of romance … and betrayal.” —Goodreads.com reviewer

“Lotus of Albion” in Avast, Ye Airships!

AVAST, YE AIRSHIPS! In a daring history that never was, pirates roam the skies instead of the seas. Fantastical airships sail the clouds on both sides of the law. Within these pages, you will find stories of pirates and their prey with a few more pragmatic airships thrown in. With stories ranging from Victorian skies to an alien invasion, there is something for everyone in these eighteen tales of derring-do!

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