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Sat, 27 May 2006

Miscellaneous news

"Accelerando" is now on sale in paperback in the UK -- the US paperback should be showing up real soon now. It has also been shortlisted for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (something like it's fourth or fifth award nomination).

"Glasshouse" is still on course for publication in US hardcover in the next three weeks or so. However, there isn't going to be a UK hardcover -- instead, it'll be out in trade paperback next March in the UK. (If you've ordered the non-existent UK hardcover edition from, please accept my apologies -- and cancel your order, because the book doesn't exist: Amazon are listing it in error.)

You might have noticed a new title appearing in the link bar to the right: "Missile Gap" is a novella, previously only available to SFBC subscribers who bought the anthology "One Million AD" (edited by Gardner Dozois). It's being published as a limited edition, slipcased, signed hardcover by Subterranean Press at the tail end of December, making it my three-and-a-halfth book of the year.

Finally: I'm not going to be at the worldcon this year -- instead, I'll be appearing with Ken MacLeod at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on August 25th (which kind of makes it impossible for me to be in LA at the same time).

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Mon, 02 Jan 2006

Hacking Matter by Wil McCarthy

Two years ago, my friend and fellow SF author Wil McCarthy wrote a non-fiction book on the weird and wonderful new technological gold-rush surrounding quantum dots and the materials you can make with them.

He's now released a freely downloadable hyperlinked edition of the book, Hacking Matter available as a PDF (Acrobat) file. And if you're having difficulty downloading a copy from his own web site (which has been stomped into the ground by the thundering hordes of matter-hacking readers) you can grab a copy here, too.

I've read it. It blew my mind: it makes nanotechnology looks so, so 20th century.


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Mon, 06 Jun 2005

Ego meltdown warning

This year I've got two novels coming out. For no obvious reason, one of 'em came out officially last week, and the next one comes out almost exactly a month later. Whatever, I'm happy enough -- it beats them not coming out, so to speak.

Anyway, last week's book is The Hidden Family, the second half of the story that began in The Family Trade. (They were originally written as one book.) And the first reviews are coming out. Notably, Andrew Leonard writing in seems to rather like it:

Send an investigative reporter to an alternate reality, and you're asking for trouble. Miriam is a terrific character, turning the tables on all who would attempt to manipulate her, and setting in motion events that promise to transform the evolution of no less than three separate worlds. For those of us who actually are journalists working on deadline, Stross gives us an escape fantasy that is most seductive, indeed.

Meanwhile, The Sunday Times ran a half-page interview with me in their Ecosse supplement (Scottish edition only): read it here:

Andrew Wilson, the editor of Nova Scotia: New Scottish Speculative Fiction (an anthology of new Scottish sci-fi to which Stross has contributed an original twist on the Faustian pact), sees Stross as being in the vanguard of a new wave of Scottish science fiction writing "It used to be that if you spoke about a Scottish spacecraft, people just laughed. But now we are the country that produced Dolly the sheep, the country that develops artificial intelligence," says Wilson. "You don't need to pretend to be American to write science fiction. Charlie is clearly a massive talent. Rather like taking a broken down old car and sticking a fusion engine in it, he has the capacity to transform material that was looking old and give it new life.

"I think Accelerando is a crowning achievement. And this will be his year."

(Now please excuse me while I go and jump in a cold shower, before my ego melts down and spews a fallout plume of radioactive ideas all over the place ...)

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Tue, 11 Feb 2003

Good news

I'm in Boston right now; not much blogging, but I felt the need to announce that Lobsters has made the final shortlist for the Nebula award.


I'm currently in the basement of the MIT Media Lab; when I get back to the hotel and finish catching up on my sleep deficit (and finish off with visiting the Free Software foundation) I'll try to write up a coherent report. Let's just say, this place is giving me profound future shock right now. (When you walk through a door labelled "Centre for Bits and Atoms" then catch an elevator upstairs into the Disruptive Technologies Lab, and realise that these signs are descriptive, you tend to get a little bit dizzy and need to sit down.)

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Sat, 01 Feb 2003

More news from the wonderful world of our sponsors ...

Turns out that the BSFA Award final ballot has been announced, and "Router" is on it!

This means I'll probably end up at the Eastercon this year (where the results are revealed). It also means that an e-text copy of "Router" will probably turn up on the web sooner rather than later (either on Asimov's SF magazine's website or on my fiction site).

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Thu, 30 Jan 2003

Danger, interviewer at work

Over on The WELL I'm interviewing Cory Doctorow (of BoingBoing fame), my sometime collaborator. Got questions for Cory? Mail me.

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Yet more marketing from our sponsors

I am happy to announce that I've just sold another couple of novels (at least, the contracts are on their way from my agent for signing). The two book contract with Tor is for the first two volumes of the Merchant Princes series, and will be sold as fantasy -- the titles are "A Family Trade", and "The Clan Corporate", and the first of them should be in the shops by December 2004.

(Sic transit the cutting-edge of post-singularity cyberpunk hardcore; but remember, I never promised anyone a literary movement -- just the best entertainment I can write.)

In other news, my short novel "The Atrocity Archive" has been nominated for the BSFA award, as has my novella "Router", while "Lobsters" is on the preliminary Nebula ballot. And I've finished a passable draft of "The Iron Sunrise". So I'm feeling pretty smug right now.

If all this news of novels is confusing you, you're not alone; I've got five books scheduled for publication in the United States in the two and a half years starting this August, and to make matters worse one of 'em is coming out in the UK under a different title. If you want to know about them, you can find the FAQ here.

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Sat, 28 Dec 2002

More shameless self-promotion

I made The Scotsman's annual round-up of the best new British SF and fantasy (with the obligatory Scottish bent, of course):

Another Hugo nominee this year, Stross has gene-spliced HP Lovecraft and Len Deighton to produce an SF thriller that is both witty and unsettling: the Many-Angled Ones live at the bottom of the Mandelbrot Set and only Britain's occult secret service stands in their way ... Fantastic stuff in every sense of the word, The Atrocity Archive will see American hardback publication next year.

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Fri, 22 Nov 2002

Book covers

Here's the cover of my forthcoming novel, "Singularity Sky", due in hardback from Ace Books next August. (Sorry, couldn't resist.) Hopefully I'll have several pieces of good news, fiction-wise, to announce here between now and the end of the year.

cover picture

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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

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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) ]

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