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. Book Review: The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon

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    I know alternate history detective fiction isn’t my usual fare, but I’d heard so much about The Yiddish Policeman’s Union (YPU from now on, because that’s a hella long name) that I couldn’t not pick up a copy. Especially when it was a signed first edition on sale in the local remaindered bookshop. So, having never read Michael Chabon before, I shelled out fifty clams and dove into the secret world of Jews. I don’t regret a single dollar. YPU...
  2. All the films I watched between Melbourne and Vienna (and vice-versa)

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    The Avengers: 7/10. Clever writing, but by the end I was numb to the CG spectacle. Very little humanity. The King’s Speech: 9/10. Geoffrey Rush is so dreamy. Jiro Dreams of Sushi: 8/10. The best 90 minute documentary on artisan sushi making you’ll ever watch. All other sushi will forever seem bland by comparison. Inception: 8/10 WE HAVE TO GO DEEPER BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH Red: 7/10. Helen Mirren is so dreamy. Animal Kingdom: 9/10. A fantastic home-grown crime film. Incredible, understated performances...
  3. Book Review: Street Dreams, by Tama Wise

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    Tyson Rua has more than his fair share of problems growing up in South Auckland. Working a night job to support his mother and helping bring up his two younger brothers is just the half of it. His best friend Rawiri is falling afoul of a broken home, and now Tyson’s fallen in love at first sight. Only thing is, it’s another guy. Living life on the sidelines of the local hip-hop scene, Tyson finds that to succeed in becoming...
  4. The Last Broadcast

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    The colony ship known as the Vale has been spiralling towards Epsilon Eridani for four millennia, and Barry – the semi-sentient AI set to guard its frozen human cargo – has had a long time to question the nature of his mission. There are too many gaps in his code, too many mistakes left unfixed. Could Barry’s programmers really have been so lax? Or does he have a greater purpose, some secret mission buried in his source code? He has...
  5. My Five Greatest Pieces of Videogame Music

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    I love videogames, and I love videogame music. Just like great moments in film and the way the soundtrack enhances and fuses with the action, there’s something about the experience of playing a game that ties the experience to the soundtrack and binds the two together in your memory. Whistle the victory melody from Final Fantasy 7 in any crowded room, or the main theme from Super Mario Bros, and see how many people respond. As many as would if...
  6. Book Review – Nation, by Terry Pratchett

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    I know Nation isn’t a new book by any means, but I think it deserves a review purely for the fact that it’s one of Terry Pratchett’s few non-Discworld titles, and likely one of the last we’ll see from him. It’s a simple story at heart, but after so many convoluted Night Watchmen titles, it was great to read a Pratchett story that was so straightforward but also so charming. Yes, that’s the word. Charming. Nation is just plain lovely....
  7. Neil Gaiman in Melbourne

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    Well, Neil Gaiman came to Melbourne yesterday and did a few appearances. Being a big fan, I made sure to turn up to every one. He’s a funny fellow, Neil. He read to the crowd from his upcoming book “The Graveyard Book”, which sounded pretty damn fine, and answered a number of questions from the crowd. Seeing as I went to both his appearances and asked questions at every one, I think I accounted for 20% of his Q&A in...