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. 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....
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. Book Review: Marcher, by Chris Beckett

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    We only ordered ten copies of Marcher for the bookstore but the supplier sent us twenty (and charged us double, just for kicks) so I thought I should give it a read so I could recommend it better and clear out some shelf space. This was a mistake. (Warning: Massive spoilers follow)
  7. My Writer’s Manifesto

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    After having an extended debate with Graham Storrs about his personal manifesto, I’ve decided that it’s time to put my money where my mouth is and post my own little manifesto. When I sit down to write my first drafts, all I want to do is get the words on the page. When I sit down to edit, this is what I focus on, what drives me forward. A writer is a teller of tales, and the tale is in...
  8. Book Review: Nova Swing by M John Harrison

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    This review took a long time to get to because my reading time has pretty much been eclipsed by writing time, but the end result is no less sweet for having been stretched out. Nova Swing is a 50’s noir transported into the far future. We open in a bar on a backwater planet where Vic Serotonin, a jazz-loving mook, is about to meet a tourist. What’s so wikkid about tourism? See, there’s a massive stretch of space-time-randomness floating above...
  9. Damn Shame (Friday Flash)

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    Haven’t really had the time to write recently, what with all this thesis hoo-hah, but here’s a quick piece of flash fiction to liven up your rainy Friday. – – – “You want to die in your sleep? Yeah, so do I. Natural? What? What’s natural causes? Everything is natural goddamn causes. You get influenza, a little virus eats you from the inside, that’s natural causes. A lion eats a villager, it’s the same. If a monkey strangles another monkey...