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

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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. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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....
  5. 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...
  6. 30 Second Book Review: Hunter’s Run, by George R R Martin et al

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    Mister Martin is much better known for his epic, continent-spanning fantasy than his scifi, and I was halfway through Hunter’s Run before I realised it didn’t feel like I was reading a Martin book at all. Once I read the authors notes in the back, I understood why – because Martin didn’t really write any of this at all. It was Gardner Dozois who came up with the idea, Martin that polished the first 20,000 words, and then Daniel Abrahams...
  7. Why analyse your own novel?

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    Just finished going through the first draft of Alpha Slip and analysing it chapter by chapter. You might ask, why would anyone bother analysing their own book? They know what they wrote, right? Well, maybe if you’re a plotter, a person dedicated to pre-planning and extensive characters sheets and story arcs. I’m more of a write-whatever-comes-to-mind sort of guy, which means that my first drafts are pretty hideously tangled and nonsensical. So, what I do when I finish a first...
  8. The Ant Tower

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    Parkin, a soldier-turned-mercenary, has been hired by the King’s Magician to accompany him on a long journey into the great western desert, in search of an ancient and powerful artefact. After years spent battling the heathens in the frozen north, Parkin is glad for what he thinks will be an easy contract. But there’s more to fear in the desert than thirst, and as Parkin’s comrades fall one by one, he’s forced to ask – what does the Magician really...