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Tue, 13 Jun 2006

Holding Pattern

I finally got irritated beyond all call with Blosxom and QuickTopic, so in my copious spare time I'm moving over to Movable Type. The new blogging software takes a while to configure. When it's done, it will show up here in place of the existing blosxom setup (which will be preserved for posterity as an archive of static HTML files somewhere or other). Meanwhile, if you want a quick peek at the work in progress, go here.

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Sun, 01 Jan 2006

Happy Hogmanay

Welcome to 2006. Let's hope it's better than 2005 was!

2005 felt like a bad thriller series where the story arc got handed over from George Orwell to Philip K. Dick. It felt like the time line the hero with the time machine is supposed to go back and rescue us from (presumably by setting the controls for some time prior to November 1999). And that's just the year in the large.

In the small, it was a good year for me professionally — and a crap one medically. A series of health problems soaked up three to six months of my working year. If you've been wondering why this blog hasn't been updated much lately, it's because I haven't had the surplus energy for it. Hopefully everything's under control now and I can begin to claw back the headway I'd built up in 2004, but for the time being I'm having to run just to stay in place.

On the plus side, if you like my books I've got some good news for you. The schedule starts tomorrow with the first trade paperback publication of "The Atrocity Archives". "The Atrocity Archives" nearly didn't see the light of day; after its brief serialization in a small Scottish SF magazine it would have sunk without trace if Marty Halpern and Gary Turner of Golden Gryphon hadn't picked it up. Subsequently, the sequel novella "The Concrete Jungle" that I wrote to bring the book up to length went on to win the 2005 Hugo award for best novella: and tomorrow the book is being republished with wider distribution by Ace books, a division of Penguin, which should make it a lot easier for you to find.

My 2001 SF short story collection, "Toast", should also be a lot easier to find in the new year, thanks to a distribution deal worked out by publisher Cosmos Books. There's been a change to the contents, and a new afterword: if you haven't read it already, you might want to keep an eye open for it.

April should see the publication of "The Clan Corporate", the third book in the Merchant Princes series. I'm currently working on the fourth novel, title still to be nailed down, and it should come out a year hence — and there will be at least two more after that one. Writing it is turning out to be fun, as I'm now able to broaden the scope of the series and take it in directions which should keep it fresh and surprising.

July will see the publication of my next SF novel from Ace and Orbit, "Glasshouse", a psychological thriller among the posthuman survivors of a vicious civil war within the human civilization that emerges from the setting of "Accelerando", hundreds of years hence.

I can now announce that I've completed the copy edits on "The Jennifer Morgue", which is due for publication by Golden Gryphon in hardcover this November. TJM is the sequel to "The Atrocity Archives", and follows Bob ("I am not James Bond") Howard on a very fishy spy caper in the Carribean. (I'm hoping to find the time to write more Laundry books, although I don't expect to be able to do so before 2007 — I'm not as prolific as my publication schedule makes me look, and I'm currently booked up a couple of years ahead.)

Looking forward to 2007 and beyond, I've got a two book contract with Ace, for two more SF novels (to be delivered at annual intervals). I haven't written them yet, but the current plans are for them to be a near-future crime thriller set in Edinburgh in the year 2015 — dealing with a crime that doesn't exist yet — and then the long-delayed sequel to "Iron Sunrise", in which Rachel Mansour gets to deal with Space Pyrates. (You can't go wrong with Space Pyrates, right? Arr!)

Finally, there's going to be other stuff. I'm discussing with Cory Doctorow (who has just quit his day job to become a full-time writer) the possibility of turning our "Rapture of the Nerds" novellas into a full-sized novel. I'm getting close to the point at which I'll have enough new short stories to put together a new collection. And, energy and health permitting, I'm going to try to surprise you with some stuff not mentioned here.

Anyway, it's now 1:30pm on New Year's Day. I'm sitting at the keyboard, contemplating the copy edits to "Glasshouse", and thinking that I ought to give myself at least one day off. So I'm out of the office for a few hours. Here's to a happy and productive 2006!

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Thu, 16 Jun 2005


I'm off to Sweden to be guest of honour at ConCeive in Gothenburg tomorrow.

I'm also, er, doing something else which may result in this server getting an unholy humongous number of hits over the weekend.

So, to pre-emptively bulletproof things, I'm switching my blog to static HTML for the duration. (This reduces the amount of CPU work my server has to do.) This blog remains accessible via, but that's just a link to the real blog location:

No need to update your blogrolls just yet, but don't be surprised if I buy another domain to point to that place and announce a migration in a month or so. And update the design a bit.

PS: Accelerando is now available for download.

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Wed, 16 Mar 2005


Please don't email me asking to be added to the mailing list. The mailing list is dead. (I haven't posted to it in over a year.) If you want updates on what I'm doing, this weblog comes with an RSS feed (see the link at right). If you want a mailing list so you can chatter among yourselves, that's another matter: if enough people poke me I might set one up.

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Tue, 01 Feb 2005

Site update ...

Please bear with me, I'm switching to a much newer version of blosxom, the blogging software I use. You might notice some minor changes to the page layout and content; more to the point, the new version has a bunch of handy features I'll be deploying over the next couple of months. Among them: flat archives, my own comments system (to replace QuickTopic), anti-spam features, and a load more.

I'm also -- I freely admit -- short on time for blogging due to a combination of books to be read (for cover blurbs) and books to be written (for money).

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Is SF About to Go Blind? -- Popular Science article by Greg Mone
Unwirer -- an experiment in weblog mediated collaborative fiction
Inside the MIT Media Lab -- what it's like to spend a a day wandering around the Media Lab
"Nothing like this will be built again" -- inside a nuclear reactor complex

Quick links:

RSS Feed (Moved!)

Who am I?

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Buy my books: (FAQ)

Missile Gap
Via Subterranean Press (US HC -- due Jan, 2007)

The Jennifer Morgue
Via Golden Gryphon (US HC -- due Nov, 2006)

Via (US HC -- due June 30, 2006)

The Clan Corporate
Via (US HC -- out now)

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Via (US PB -- due June 27, 2006)
Via (UK HC)
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Free download

The Hidden Family
Via (US HC)
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The Family Trade
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Iron Sunrise
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The Atrocity Archives
Via (Trade PB)
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Via Golden Gryphon (HC)
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Singularity Sky
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Some webby stuff I'm reading:

Engadget ]
Gizmodo ]
The Memory Hole ]
Boing!Boing! ]
Futurismic ]
Walter Jon Williams ]
Making Light (TNH) ]
Crooked Timber ]
Junius (Chris Bertram) ]
Baghdad Burning (Riverbend) ]
Bruce Sterling ]
Ian McDonald ]
Amygdala (Gary Farber) ]
Cyborg Democracy ]
Body and Soul (Jeanne d'Arc)  ]
Atrios ]
The Sideshow (Avedon Carol) ]
This Modern World (Tom Tomorrow) ]
Jesus's General ]
Mick Farren ]
Early days of a Better Nation (Ken MacLeod) ]
Respectful of Otters (Rivka) ]
Tangent Online ]
Grouse Today ]
Hacktivismo ]
Terra Nova ]
Whatever (John Scalzi) ]
Justine Larbalestier ]
Yankee Fog ]
The Law west of Ealing Broadway ]
Cough the Lot ]
The Yorkshire Ranter ]
Newshog ]
Kung Fu Monkey ]
S1ngularity ]
Pagan Prattle ]
Gwyneth Jones ]
Calpundit ]
Lenin's Tomb ]
Progressive Gold ]
Kathryn Cramer ]
Halfway down the Danube ]
Fistful of Euros ]
Orcinus ]
Shrillblog ]
Steve Gilliard ]
Frankenstein Journal (Chris Lawson) ]
The Panda's Thumb ]
Martin Wisse ]
Kuro5hin ]
Advogato ]
Talking Points Memo ]
The Register ]
Cryptome ]
Juan Cole: Informed comment ]
Global Guerillas (John Robb) ]
Shadow of the Hegemon (Demosthenes) ]
Simon Bisson's Journal ]
Max Sawicky's weblog ]
Guy Kewney's mobile campaign ]
Hitherby Dragons ]
Counterspin Central ]
MetaFilter ]
NTKnow ]
Encyclopaedia Astronautica ]
Fafblog ]
BBC News (Scotland) ]
Pravda ]
Meerkat open wire service ]
Warren Ellis ]
Brad DeLong ]
Hullabaloo (Digby) ]
Jeff Vail ]
The Whiskey Bar (Billmon) ]
Groupthink Central (Yuval Rubinstein) ]
Unmedia (Aziz Poonawalla) ]
Rebecca's Pocket (Rebecca Blood) ]

Older stuff:

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(I screwed the pooch in respect of the blosxom entry datestamps on March 28th, 2002, so everything before then shows up as being from the same time)

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