Christopher Ruz

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Reviews

“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. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. Future Tides: The Collected Works of Christopher Ruz

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    Lonely AIs, Peruvian parasites, graffiti activists and far-future memory swapping meet in Future Tides, a collection of all Christopher Ruz’s short works from 2007 to 2011. Cyberpunk and space opera sit side by side with award-winning tales of heroin addiction and swords-and-sorcery fantasy in this 18 story, 60,000 word compilation. Future Tides includes three previous collections – PAST THE BORDERS, THE KING & OTHER STORIES, and NOTHING TOO DANGEROUS – as well as an exclusive scifi short: FRONT PAGE CAPTION....
  6. Ruzkin on Writing – The Formation of a Novel

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    Almost everyone I meet wants to write a novel, or had dreams of writing a novel when they were young, or has shifted that dream to the future, promising they’ll have a bestseller published when they retire. I ask, Why don’t you write it now? They say, I don’t know how. There is only one way to write a novel, and it is a very simple method. It’s called sitting down and writing the damn book. This is how it’s...
  7. Seriously – GET DROPBOX

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    There’re only so many times I can say it. If you do work on your computer that you can’t afford to lose – whether you’re a writer, artist, designer, whatever – you need to sign up for and install dropbox. Not tomorrow, not in ten minutes. Now. Dropbox is a free backup service. Once installed, it creates a Dropbox folder somewhere on your compie. Anything you drop inside that folder will be mirrored to the Dropbox servers, where it’ll stay...