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

Christopher 'Ruz' Hayes-Kossmann

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 epic fantasy trilogy Century of Sand and my recent science fiction novella The Eighteen Revenges of Doctor Milan. Meanwhile, I publish pulp spy novellas under the name D. D. Marks, including my most popular omnibus, Agent 806.

  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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!
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. Ruz at Armageddon Expo 2013

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    It’s time! Time to dust off my nice shoes and get a haircut and sit down for a weekend of chatting and networking and sales at Armageddon Expo 2013. Armageddon Expo is a two-day nerd extravaganza held at the Melbourne Showgrounds. You can shake hands with scifi celebrities, buy comics, listen in on exclusive panels with authors and artists… or pass by my table, where I’ll be selling paperbacks of Rust: Season One, Century of Sand, The Eighteen Revenges of...
  9. Nice new site! But wait, where’s my content?

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    Thanks to Chris McKenna at Hot Pot Creative, I finally have a 2013-era website! Something a bit less bloggy, a bit more professional, with my titles all laid out in a more organised manner. Problem: the hundreds and sometimes thousands of daily hits I was getting on my more popular articles will now be directed… nowhere. Dang. So to save you some confusion, here are the new links to my ten most popular posts and resources: #1: From .doc to...