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Playing with Reality

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Playing with Reality

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Apr 3, 2015


Charles Myloft Martin the Third arrives at the shadow golf pro-am with a plan. But her plan quickly forces her into a hazard. First, the club refuses to let her play because of her gender. Then, she finds help in the unlikeliest place. And that help comes with a handicap—one she failed to realize she had. One that will make her question her own place in the “real world.”

“Rusch has fun in a light-hearted take on the gender politics of golf, and virtual reality, in a pro-am tournament with some very special participants.”
—Best SF

Apr 3, 2015

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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. Publications from The Chicago Tribune to Booklist have included her Kris Nelscott mystery novels in their top-ten-best mystery novels of the year. The Nelscott books have received nominations for almost every award in the mystery field, including the best novel Edgar Award, and the Shamus Award. She writes goofy romance novels as award-winner Kristine Grayson, romantic suspense as Kristine Dexter, and futuristic sf as Kris DeLake.  She also edits. Beginning with work at the innovative publishing company, Pulphouse, followed by her award-winning tenure at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, she took fifteen years off before returning to editing with the original anthology series Fiction River, published by WMG Publishing. She acts as series editor with her husband, writer Dean Wesley Smith, and edits at least two anthologies in the series per year on her own. To keep up with everything she does, go to and sign up for her newsletter. To track her many pen names and series, see their individual websites (,,,, She lives and occasionally sleeps in Oregon.

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Playing with Reality

Copyright © 2015 by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

First published in Asimov’s Science Fiction, October/November, 2014

Published by WMG Publishing

Cover and Layout copyright © 2015 by WMG Publishing

Cover design by Allyson Longueira/WMG Publishing

Cover art copyright © Solarseven/Dreamstime

This book is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental. This book, or parts thereof, may not be reproduced in any form without permission.

It took me forty-five minutes to get to the first tee. Not because I was slow, not because I dawdled on the practice green, but because the dumbass in the clubhouse wouldn’t let me onto the course.

Never mind that I paid more money than some people earn in their lifetimes to be part of this pro-am. Never mind that I was a legitimate member of this golf course.

What seemed to matter to the Small Minds in charge was that although my name is Charles Myloft Martin the Third and I have had a membership here since I took my first breath, I am a female Charles who theoretically had the bad manners to fail to show her face here for the first thirty-five years of her life.

Never mind that I have shown my face here. Until last year, apparently, the Small Minds in charge always thought that I had come as a guest of my father (Charles Myloft Martin the Second), and not as a member in her own right.

Ever since I showed at 6 am, just like the materials sent out with my ticket to the pro-am told me to, I had been subjected to a one-sided discussion of rules and honor and tradition.

The men surrounding me, listening to the discussion but not participating in it, were all captains of industry, heads of government, and, in fact, partners at major worldwide law firms. Like me, they had paid hundreds of thousands for their membership over the years, and unlike me, apparently, they were entitled to walk on the course and play the ticket they’d paid for.

As I scanned the crowd—by then it was 7:30, and the first groups were going to start at 8—I had my realization, mostly because of that thought about the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

I didn’t stamp my cleated golf shoe nor did I lose my temper, although I truly wanted to.

Instead, I used the wiles of my gender—the expected wiles of my gender,

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