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Coming up in 2008

Here's a brief list of my forthcoming publications in 2008. I'm only covering stuff coming out in the USA and the UK — keeping track of when translations are due out in different markets is hard work (especially as I'm now being translated into French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Czech, Bulgarian, Romanian, and Japanese).

The USA, first.

In January or early February, Ace should be publishing a trade paperback edition of "The Jennifer Morgue" (previously only available in hardcover from Golden Gryphon); around the same time, I'm expecting a mass market paperback of "The Atrocity Archives'" (although I don't have publication details yet).

Some time in August-October, Ace will be publishing my new SF novel, "Saturn's Children", in hardcover.

And some time in September-November, Tor will be publishing "The Merchants War" in paperback and Ace will be putting "Halting State" into mass-market paperback.

(There won't be a new Merchant Princes novel in 2008 — I'm behind schedule — but I'm currently working on "The Revolution Business" and "The Trade of Queens", and hopefully one or both of them will be published in 2009.)

And now for the UK.

Deep breath time: in early-to-mid January, Orbit will publish a very handsome trade paperback edition of "Halting State". (It's imminent; I've got my author copies to hand.)

This will be followed in March by Tor, publishing "The Hidden Family" as a mass market paperback.

In September or October, Orbit will be publishing "Saturn's Children" in hardcover, simultaneously with the Ace release. (From that point on, my US and UK SF publication schedules should be in synch again. I hope!) I expect they'll also put "Halting State" into mass market paperback covers around that time.

And in December, Tor will publish "The Clan Corporate" in paperback.

(Yes, you counted that right: I've got four novels coming out in the UK for the first time — although some of them date back to 2004 in US editions.)

For those of you who prefer to read ebooks, I hope to have some very good news in the first half of 2008 — but nothing is definite as yet, and I'm not going to tempt fate or editorial wrath by saying anything more at this point.



I'm so glad the Jennifer Morgue is finally going to come out in paperback for us poor folk in the states!


I'm massively ambivalent: on the one hand, I have to go on a gruel and water diet for awhile to pay for 2 new bathrooms and a wedding (and probably a new car in 2008, the old one's may have another 100,000 miles in it, but repairs are starting to be frequent enough to cast more than payments would); not having a new Stross until Fall makes that just a little easier. And on the other hand, not having a new Stross here in the US until Fall might just try my patience severely. I may have to take up Stoicism.


Happy New Year. If you carry on writing them, I'll carry on reading them.


...a very handsome trade paperback edition of "Halting State". (It's imminent; I've got my author copies to hand.)

It is very handsome. It's extra handsome when autographed. Thanks again, Charlie.


Happy New Year to you Charlie. All the best for 2008.

I agree with #3: if you keep writing them, I'll keep reading them.


Charlie, can you describe the first response of your editor at Ace to "Saturn's Children"? In an interview before it was accepted by Ace, you mentioned that the novel is very bizarre. (Which probably isn't your exact description, but it's close enough.)

On the Penguin Blog you said: "Heinlein's ghost can be very hard to argue with."

After reading your comments about the novel on that blog, I'm wondering if you also encountered the ghost of Douglas Adams!


One the one hand: "Hooray!" for new Charlie Stross next year! On the other hand, "awww!" that it's only one. We (in the US) were getting spoiled by the firehose there for a while.


You know, when the next book does get published I'm going to have to reread the Merchant Princes series. I've forgotten so much.... :)


(There won't be a new Merchant Princes novel in 2008 — I'm behind schedule nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!

Agreed with #7 My local store went from carrying 1 Stross book (found you via a well-read friend) to over 6.


Josh @6: the thing that startled me was that my editor at Ace really liked it! On the other hand she's been in the field long enough that she worked with Heinlein. So she had no trouble at all getting a Heinlein hommage, and "Saturn's Children" is sufficiently different from the other Heinlein hommages out there -- typically pastiches of his 1950s-era young adult novels -- to stand out.


I'm glad you mentioned e-books, Charlie, I got a PRS-505 after reading your recommendation and doing some research, and I'm loving it. The only real issue is getting the stuff I want. I like what Baen Books has but it's much more limited than my local library - and that hasn't gone electronic yet. Hopefully whatever you're hinting at works out.


Best of luck in all your 2008 endevors, C.S. Thanks for making 2007 that much better for your fans and sf in general.



Skip, as I understand it, Tor should be joining in the webscription thing with Baen some time early next year. So there'll be a much wider range there. (Webscription don't support Sony's LRF format yet, but there are transcoding tools available, notably LibPRS500, which can do a very good job of converting RTF or HTML into something you can read on the PRS-505.) The other things ... I can't talk about. Sorry.


Halting State in Jan? Well, that nicely defines where my Hanukkah book voucher's going :)

And on the ebook front.. well, here's hoping people see sense.


Found some typos ("Halting State" & "The Merchants' War")...

BTW, Happy New Year.


Any plans for a collection featuring Missile Gap?


The Baron: provisionally. It's not definite yet, but it's possible my 2009 novel from Ace may turn out to be a fat short story collection (including "Missile Gap").


On the gripping hand ....

If every SF author has to cope with the presence of R.A.H. - then what about his even more illustrious predecessor, whose unmatched tale-telling (like Nobel Prize for literature) still towers over us all: Rudyard Kipling.

What would the writer of "With the Night Mail" and "As easy as ABC" make of today's world, never mind the (same) author of "The Secret of the Machines" ?????


Charlie, I hate to do this, but can we get a description of Saturn's Children? I know its about AI, space opera and a Heinlein tribute, but beyond that - what is it? Are we getting mythological references as well (Chronos, titans and gods) or something else?


Trey: it's a Heinlein tribute. A late period Heinlein tribute. Complete with a nipple that goes "spung". (In fact, the spung-ing nipple is where the idea for the novel came from, because human nipples don't go "spung" ... so it follows that the person the nipple belongs to is not, in fact, human.)

Oh, and it's set 200 years after the human species was declared extinct. (Human civilization shrugged, and went on spreading itself to the stars.)

... Sigh. I'm actually at a bit of a loss for words. So here's the cover.


You maybe at a loss for words Charlie, but I would not be too sure about a lot of the commentators in here! I for one have only one thing to say.

I want it and I want NOW. The book that is, not necesarily the front cover illustration I may add.

Oh one more thing (that contradicts my statement above I know but what the heck) Freya is certainly a Heinlien type name......

I have a reasonably complete but old collection of Heinlien work from my youth with the oldest being a NEL copy of The Worlds of Robert Heinlein at the porice of 5/- (25p) July 1970

Oh and a Happy New Year to All


Yeah, the front cover is ... striking. (I am not going to restart that particular argument with my editor. OK?)

Let's just say, Orbit promised me a cheescake-free space operatic cover for the UK edition, which comes out in hardcover at the same time. So if you'd be embarrassed to be seen reading it in public, there is a solution ...


Hmmm, I like the purple hair.

Jack@21, the way I remember how to spell Heinlein is that the vowels are in the same order in both halves of the name.


First, thank you. The cover copy is useful.

Second, I can't help it....

Bwahahahahahaha!! I doubt I'd be embarassed reading it in public, but the snickering on my part might make most people look at me funny. To me it seems like it might be more than a little funny.

I don't know if that's your intent, but it makes me think of The Road to Mars for some reason.


Marilee @ 23. Hahahaha You're right of course. The reason I spelt his name correctly the second time was I took the book of the shelf and the title was right in front of of me as I typed.

Trey @ 24. I'm with you on the laughing/snickering of reading in public. It happened to me with two of Charlies books Atrocity Archive and The Jennifer Morgue.

The front cover illustration of 'Saturn's Children' is tame compared the cover of my NEL edition of R A H's 'Glory Road' (Pink cover 40p this time) with a topless illustration of Star on cover.

Ahhh Them's were the Days.....


The annoying thing about late Heinlein is that the books contain great ideas, but have lousy endings. I hope you don't carry the tribute too far!


Well I like the cover - very Podkayne/Friday, although I think Jim Burns might have done it better.

To be honest, I didn't like the later Heinlein works the first time around, I thought his best days were with SIASL and TMIAHM. However, I have lately been re-reading some of his later works and getting more out of them.

I very much enjoyed Robinson's "Variable Star", although it was really one of his juveniles.

I'm sure Saturn's Children will be rollicking good fun, Heinlein with a good twist of Stross. Can't wait.


The cover is fine. I enjoy variety in cover artwork. And it sends a "get lost" message to the ultra-prude contingent in the U.S. who would never read ANY science fiction.


Hmm, maybe there is something wrong with me, but I find that cover alright, but dull. Its got some futuristic looking chick on the cover, but she looks like every other futuristic chick, so it doesn't do anything for me.

Those old NEL covers are fun. See my LJ entry here on odd and misleading book cover art:

At least Saturns Children will involve pneumatic women, and purple hair is no big deal.


Blah...I guess I picked the wrong time to get into the Merchant Princes -- just finished reading them all back to back. God do I want to know more about world 4's connection to the Clan.


Isn't late period Heinlein all wish fulfillment and incest?



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