Kristine Kathryn Rusc

When multiple Hugo Award winner Kristine Kathryn Rusch decided to put her stamp on classic space opera, readers wanted more. Now Rusch’s popular character Boss returns in a whole new adventure, one that takes her far outside her comfort zone, to a sector of space she’s never seen before.

Searching for ancient technology to help her friends find answers to the mystery of their own past, Boss ventures into a place filled with evidence of an ancient space battle, one the Dignity Vessels lost.

Meanwhile, the Enterran Empire keeps accidentally killing its scientists in a quest for ancient stealth tech. Boss’s most difficult friend, Squishy, has had enough. She sneaks into the Empire and destroys its primary stealth tech research base. But an old lover thwarts her escape, and now Squishy needs Boss’s help.

Boss, who is a fugitive in the Empire.  Boss, who knows how to make a Dignity Vessel work. Boss, who knows that Dignity Vessels house the very technology that the Empire is searching for.

Should Boss take a Dignity Vessel to rescue Squishy and risk losing everything to the Empire? Or should Boss continue on her mission for her other friends and let Squishy suffer her own fate?

Filled with battles old and new, scientific dilemmas, and questions about the ethics of friendship, Boneyards looks at the influence of our past on our present and the risks we all take when we meddle in other people’s lives.

is space opera the way it was meant to be: exciting, fast moving, and filled with passion.


"This is classic sci-fi, a well-told tale of dangerous exploration. The first-person narration makes the reader an eyewitness to the vast, silent realms of deep space, where even the smallest error will bring disaster. Compellingly human and
technically absorbing, the suspense builds to fevered intensity, culminating in an explosive yet plausible conclusion."
— RT Book Reviews
Top Pick RT Book Reviews
Reviewers' Choice Award nominee

"The pacing is perfect . . . and leaves readers looking for more."
—Monsters and Critics

"I won't lie, this is precisely the kind of book for me. . . .
This is space adventure done right and I can't wait for more."
— King of the Nerds!!!

"Rusch pulls it all off very well, with strong psychological insights
into both Boss and those around her."

Praise for Diving Into the Wreck:

"Tense and gripping... The endlessly enjoyable terror of dark, alien,
empty spaces brimming with unknowable danger and impenetrable
mystery should keep fans of the genre hooked."
—Internet Review of Science Fiction

"Rusch takes the dangers inherent in deep sea diving and memorably puts
them into the deep dark vacuum of space, making the exploration of the hulk a much more complicated issue than tends to be the case in the SF."
— Best SF Reviews