Rachel Zakuta

Rachel Zakuta

Science fiction for curious minds.

Everyone Deserves an Escape

Reckless Space Pirates

An unforgettable journey aboard a pirate spaceship!

You have a choice: join a crew of space pirates to steal priceless slime from a nest of mushroom-like aliens–or hoodwink the pirates and team up with the mushroom colony to prevent an interstellar war!

Available on the App Store, Google Play, and Steam.

What Readers Say

It is truly one of the best novels I have ever read, let alone participated in. It was consistently engaging, and the choices were difficult and challenging, not to mention the mental puzzles.

Hannah Paulson

About Me

Rachel Zakuta is not an alien, though she writes about them a lot. Nor does she live on a pirate spaceship. She is a teacher, a mom, an avid board game player, and a Broadway nut. She lives with a physical disability and writes about it, too.

Stories Welcome

Once you learn to see the strings, you can’t un-see them.

A writer’s blog about writing, reading, and watching stories.

Yesterday (300 years ago) we overthrew our self-righteous alien overlords. What should we do with their children on a new planet?

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Book Recommendations

One of my favorite parts of being an English teacher!

Machine by Elizabeth Bear

Not only is this a unique, suspenseful space opera with fascinating aliens, it’s also the best portrayal of a character who lives with chronic pain I’ve ever read. I felt like I saw my own experience in a book for the first time.

The Galaxy and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers

This book touched my heart and fed my soul. Of course, if you haven’t read A Long, Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, you should start there. This one is #4, and it is my second favorite, after the first.

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

A fragment of an AI starship trapped in human body is bent on revenge. Who blew up the ship? What happened to the newly conquered planet it orbited and the crew she loved? These questions will keep you reading way past bedtime.