The Retrieval Artist by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Analog, June 2000) A significant novella that establishes Rusch’s concept of human corporations sponsoring disappearances so as to circumvent the strange requirements of alien justice. Though paving the way for a successful series of books, this first story indulges in an awful lot of telling.
Star Wars: The New Rebellion by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Bantam, 1996) Kristine Kathryn Rusch was one of few authors who managed to tell a proper Star Wars story without bemiring herself in the minutiae of that universe. Granted, the dénouement leaves something to be desired, but the preceding narrative is hard to fault.
Boneyards by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Pyr, 2012) Having created the ‘Diving Universe’, Rusch in this third book seems in no great hurry to advance it. Of diving—the archaeological exploration of abandoned spaceships—there is little, and of the titular boneyards still less. Even so, the story froths along.
Recovery Man by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Penguin, 2007) While surprisingly little happens in this Retrieval Artist novel, Rusch is as readable as ever and the narrative to and fro spawns an immersive understanding of her near-Earth SF future – a potpourri of corporate frontier settlement, digital advancement and edgy alien multiculturalism.