Christopher Ruz

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“Tension. Desperation. Guilt. Second chances.What Christopher Ruz has done with Century of Sand is genuinely brilliant.”

– Tom F, Amazon Reviewer
“It’s like if Michael Bay directed Pride and Prejudice. Agent 806 is a bulletproof Kevlar bodice ripper!”

– Fred, Amazon Reviewer
“In The Eighteen Revenges of Doctor Milan, Ruz utilizes his signature dark, excellent quality writing to deliver a sharp science fiction adventure.”

– Will Weisser, Metanautics

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I’m Christopher Ruz, Australian author. I tell lies for money.

I’m a full-time author/publisher working under two pseudonyms. Christopher Ruz is where I publish my serious science fiction and fantasy work, such as my ongoing horror serial Rust, my science fiction novella The Eighteen Revenges of Doctor Milan, and my fantasy trilogy Century of Sand, which will arrive mid-2019 from Parvus Press.
Meanwhile, I publish pulp spy novellas under the name D. D. Marks, including my most popular omnibus, Agent 806.

  1. Breakaway (novel opening)

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    We burned the evidence in a gravel pit two miles outside town. I shivered in my bra and underwear as my clothes turned to ash and nylon sludge. The paper masks we’d worn as disguises flared as flames lapped across their curves. The orange hi-vis vests and BB guns became plastic puddles. Dad shovelled pebbles and dirt across the whole mess before we left. The sun was setting above the ridges to the west as we dressed in fresh clothes....
  2. On Aussie Privilege, and Self-Made Men

    You are not a self-made man. Yes, I know you started that business solo. Yes, I know you worked your way up from the bottom of the ladder. Yes, I know you put a lot of hard hours into getting your business degree. You’re still not a self-made man. I know this because I know you. You’re not a self-made man because you were born on the top rung. You’re white and male, which are both automatic bonus points. You...
  3. Update! Rust: Season Two is prepping for launch.

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    Both my blog and my newsletter have been quiet recently because I’ve been really, really busy. Like, busy. Italicised busy. When I’m not doing my teaching placement (6am-6pm, five days a week – the mother of unpaid internships), I’m studying and writing essays. When I’m not writing essays, I’m repairing the house. When I’m not repairing the house, I’m cleaning it, or cooking bulk-loads of bolognaise sauce. And when I’m not doing that, I’m writing for you. Eighteen months to...
  4. One year, three novels. Help me do it!

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    Making a living as a writer is a tough gig. Sometimes it turns out to be impossible. For me, now having returned to full-time study so I can become a high-school teacher, it’s the latter. Essentially, after almost two years of living off the proceeds of my book sales, things have kinda… collapsed. That’s the market, man. I could blame any number of factors but the simple truth is that not everyone gets to have a mega-hit, or even a...
  5. RUST: Episode One, now free on iBooks!

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    As the second season of RUST ticks ever closer to release (the first two episodes are with test readers, and the rest soon to follow), I’ve finally pushed the first season of RUST on the iBooks and Barnes & Noble Nook stores. Which is awesome for people who don’t use a Kindle e-reader, but what’s even more awesome is that it means I can give more stuff away. You see, while Amazon doesn’t allow you to publish a book for...
  6. SciFi and Horror: Genre BFFs?

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    Recently, I’ve been writing an extended piece on the close relationship between Science Fiction and Horror in both prose and film. It’s being published in sections on the new SFF site 42nd Parallel, so if you have even a passing interest in scifi or horror, check it out!
  7. The 5 Best Albums of 2013

    I like music! I talk about it so much you’d think I was getting paid for it (I’m not). I write about video-game music and I recently discussed my personal ten best albums of the decade. Now, one month into 2014, I’m going to lay down the albums that had me grooving all through 2013. First, let’s do fifth through second place in no real order: Janelle Monae – The Electric Lady Janelle Monae’s first full-length release, The Archandroid, was...
  8. Burning Bridges: Olesia Anderson #5

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    Olesia Anderson, corporate spy-for-hire, is headed to Venice for what’s supposed to be a low-key fraud investigation job. Step 1: steal financial data from Aureo Real Estate. Step 2: deliver it to the client. Step 3: enjoy some private time with a pair of gorgeous Italian twins, eat gelato and get a tan, all paid for by Olesia’s mysterious employers, the Blackrock Association. But Olesia’s only been in town a day when she uncovers a multi-million Euro insurance scam built...
  9. Athena’s Daughters: kickstarting a collection of women in sci-fi and fantasy

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    You know who writes fantastic science fiction and fantasy? Women. Well, duh, you say. The entire concept of science fiction as a genre can be credited to one talented woman. Two of the biggest selling speculative fiction series of the last few decades – Harry Potter and The Hunger Games – are penned by women. Five of the last ten Nebula Best Novel winners were women. And yet, science fiction and fantasy is still somehow, amazingly, seen by many as...
  10. Christmas Updates

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    It’s been real quiet here for the past few months, so I should begin with an apology for anyone waiting on news re: Rust Season 2, Century of Sand 2, or Olesia Anderson #6. I moved house, and things got hectic fast. But we’ve settled in, mowed the lawn, repaired the roof, and I’m now back at the writing desk. So! First, the good news. Olesia Anderson #6: Snowblind launches on Christmas Eve! Snowblind will be available through the Kindle...