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. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...