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On the sun-scorched planet Bountiful, human colonists live peacefully alongside natives known as Dancers until an unspeakable disaster devastates the colony.  Six children found dead, their bodies marked in a bizarre parody of a Dancer ritual.  The crime’s solution makes the situation worse, sending ripples throughout the sector, shattering lives.

One man tries to heal those lives.  But can he heal everyone involved, and still save himself?  A finalist for the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke award, Alien Influences shows the talents that make Kristine Kathryn Rusch one of the most popular authors working in science fiction today.



“A well-conceived, well-executed novel.”

—The New York Times Book Review



Rusch isn’t here on this Earth to hand out easy answers. Alien Influences is, like all her work, memorable, enthralling, and just a touch frustrating; there are always more questions after the final page. 

—SF Site


[Rusch]’s examination of the heights and depths of the human spirit is what engages and ultimately satisfies.

—Publisher's Weekly


USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes in almost every genre. Generally, she uses her real name (Rusch) for most of her writing. Under that name, she publishes bestselling science fiction and fantasy, award-winning mysteries, acclaimed mainstream fiction, controversial nonfiction, and the occasional romance. Her novels have made bestseller lists around the world and her short fiction has appeared in eighteen best of the year collections. She has won more than twenty-five awards for her fiction, including the Hugo, Le Prix Imaginales, the Asimov’s Readers Choice award, and the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Choice Award. 
To keep up with everything she does, go to To track her many pen names and series, see their individual websites (,,,,, She lives and occasionally sleeps in Oregon.


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Alien Influences
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Alien Influences
September 8th, 2014
After reading so many of her hard science based Retrieval Artist works I was disappointed at the thinly veiled fantasy nature of this novel. Not a fan of fantasy in general and definitely not a fan of fantasy masquerading as science fiction, I struggled to finish this and did not like it very much
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