Ruth Nestvold is an American writer living in Germany with her family, her books, and no cats. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous markets, including Asimov’s, F&SF, Realms of Fantasy, Baen’s Universe, Strange Horizons, Gardner Dozois’s Year’s Best Science Fiction, and several anthologies. Her novella “Looking Through Lace” made the short list for the Tiptree award in 2003 and was nominated for the Sturgeon award. In 2007, the Italian translation won the “Premio Italia” award for best international work. Her novel Yseult will be coming out in translation from the German imprint of Random House in the winter of 2008/2009. She maintains a web site at


“An Act of Conviction” (Summer 2008)