Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Rusch, Kristine Kathryn

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(1960-    ) US writer and editor, editor of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction from 1991. Her first published story was "Sing" in Aboriginal Science Fiction in 1987; she won the 1990 John W Campbell Memorial Award for Best New Writer. KKR published some two dozen stories before the appearance of her first novel; she has concentrated primarily on novels since then. Some of her work is regarded as sf – in The Gallery of His Dreams (1991 chap) the device by which the sufferings of US Civil War photographer Mathew B Brady achieve a transcendental memorialization involve Time Travel – but KKR considers Alien Influences (1994 UK) to be her sole non-tie sf novel. Other sf-like stories – such as "Skin Deep" (1988), with its plight of a member of a race of dwindling aliens passing for human in a farmer's family, or "Story Child" which tells of a child with Healing abilities in a post-Holocaust society – can be read as essentially fantasy retold in conventional sf terms.

The White Mists of Power (1991) is a fantasy, as are Facade (1993), Heart Readers (1993) and Traitors (1993 UK). With The Fey: Sacrifice (1995 UK) and The Changeling: The Second Book of the Fey (1996) she has published the first volumes of a High-Fantasy sequence. She received a World Fantasy Award (1989) for Pulphouse and a Hugo Award (1994) as editor of F&SF. [GF]

other works: The Big Game, a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine tie with Dean Wesley Smith, both writing as Sandy Schofield (1993); Sins of the Blood (1994), a Vampire novel; Star Trek: Voyager: The Escape (1995) with Smith.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.