Avatar

Russ Rittgers

Russ Rittgers is a CPA who doesn’t do audits, thank you very much. He prefers to prepare personal income taxes (except his own). No one at corporate shows half the appreciation and thanks that an individual taxpayer does.

Retired from the Naval Reserve, his duty assignments ranged from the Philippines to Bahrain in the Persian Gulf. He’s now waiting for the munificent military retirement checks to start rolling in once he reaches age sixty. He is married with two no-longer children.

Russ began writing while on trips, during airport layovers and in hotel rooms. His first four novels are still a collection of 1’s and 0’s on a hard drive and will never see the light of day until posthumously discovered and proclaimed to be “great works of his early writing career.”

He has been posting in 1632 Slush since 2003 and his first published story is “Chip’s Christmas Gift.”

Russ' story "Ellis Island" is in Ring of Fire II.

Website

Fiddling Stranger

Fiddling Stranger

August 1633 Dolf was the first in his farming village to notice the stranger. Not that strangers walking or riding past on their way to or from Aschersleben were unusual. He was ten, old enough to have finished his formal schooling, or so his father said. "Got your...
Three Innocuous Words

Three Innocuous Words

White vapor was blowing out of Hudson's nostrils that frosty mid-morning in late December. Chip Jenkins rode his horse around the small snow-covered copse of trees and saw the von Ruppersdorf manor that Katerina had finally finished building this year. He'd...
Von Grantville

Von Grantville

Chad sat on the front porch swing staring blankly ahead. He held a tumbler of Kentucky's smoothest bourbon and water. It was like a cruel joke. I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is, those thirty-five new cars you have on your lot? You won't have...
Grantville is Different

Grantville is Different

It was late August, 1632, when Georg Bauer climbed out of the ditch he'd been digging for Jena's new sewer line. Sweat was still pouring off him when he first heard about Grantville. Almost twenty-two, with dark hair and a strong build, Georg was the fourth son of a...
Chip’s Christmas Gift

Chip’s Christmas Gift

Chip and Joachim had just finished working out with quarterstaffs, six-foot-long hardwood sticks, at the von Thierbach estate manor, absorbing a new collection of bruises to join those of the previous two days. Chip wanted to practice techniques he'd previously...
Bathing With Coal

Bathing With Coal

Fall, 1633 "Barnabas Kitchner! Wake up! It's Tuesday morning and you have to buy wood for the bathhouse fire." The thirty-eight year-old man rolled over in bed and opened one eye. His wife, Margarete Lutsch, was already dressed and standing in the doorway with her...