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Book Launch: Neptune's Brood, Edinburgh, Thursday

I'm going to be doing a reading from "Neptune's Brood", and a signing and Q&A, this Thursday in Edinburgh at 6pm. The venue is Waterstones' bookshop, at the west end of Princes Street. It's ticketed (£3) — I believe there may be wine, and there'll certainly be me plus friends, continuing to a pub afterwards. You can buy tickets online here, or from the counter in the shop.

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My copy arrived late yesterday (benefits of preorder I guess) and I finished it just now. A very enjoyable read :) wish I could make it to Edinburg now but it's a bit far :/

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Apparently the google play edition is delayed, my preorder hasn't dropped yet.

Oh well I still have half of the revolution trade to get through...

3:

Gplay edition released!

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Spam alert in the older posts. I assume it's been noticed already. In case not: cartgreat22 looks to cutting and pasting from the comments and posts, adding links.


Meanwhile, I'll be going back to B&N to hopefully get a copy this aftenoon.

5:

Nailed, and spammer banned. Thanks. (I was out, eating lunch with a friend.)

6:

Success, though not the quick in-and-out I was hoping for. Went straight the new SF section to not find the book shelved (though the website said it was in stock, which of course means little). Wandered around a bit, grabbed a copy of "The Quarry", and finally found someone to go into the backroom and bring me out a copy. Not sure why he didn't bring more than one to put on the shelves. B&N prudish about mermaids?

Looking forward to some good reads.

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I'd come if I lived a tad closer, but I'll settle for reviewing Neptune's Brood instead http://www.darkmatterfanzine.com/dmf/neptunes-brood/

8:

Several chapters in my Kindle edition start off with the word "Iam", with the "I" gray, and the next two letters black.

Obviously meaning "I am".

9:

One-line review: Debt, the _next_ 5000 years

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Probably old news, but mine arrived from Amazon UK a couple of days ago.

Brilliant work Mr Stross. I have a feeling that the next book in this series(?) will be, err, based around something a little less ordinary that mermaid historical accountants. And bats.

(Assuming there is a case for expansion beyond, then there surely has to be a better foundation?)

Perhaps not.

Whatever are you going to come up with next?

11:

Sorry if this is old news, but linguistic blog Language Log has been talking about a bit of Neptune's Brood: http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=5154

"From Charles Stross, Neptune's Brood. It's 7000 AD, and Krina Alizond-114 has this to say about a not-very-helpful piece of interactive software:

"'[T]hese things bore only a thin veneer of intelligence: Once you crack the ice and tumble into the howling void of thoughtlessness beneath, the illusion ceases to be comforting and becomes a major source of irritation.'

"The Siri vs. Siri conversations on YouTube illustrate this idea nicely, e.g.[.....]"

One commenter says:

"'The howling void of thoughtlessness beneath' – As this is Language Log and not AI log, I just thought I'd voice my admiration of the iambic pentameter."

12:

Charlie,

Greatly enjoyed reading the book. Are there any plans to have more books and or stories in the Neptune's Brood universe ?
Thanks

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Saw a news report a day or two ago about faking people...

'Virtual Lolita' aims to trap chatroom paedophiles

It's a sort of super-Eliza, and a part of the article speculates on whether unleashing it could amount to entrapment: they're not talking about false-positives, but the article is doubtful about how useful it is.

But it's a point about the book-world that the real people are based on a near-unthinking duplication of a human brain, rather than a designed thinking machine. So it doesn't matter if something new happens in the real world.

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No current plans for more. And I have numerous other books in the queue to write before there'd be room to slot one in.

(But I had no plans to do more when I finished "Saturn's Children", so this is not the same as "I will never re-visit this universe".)

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I'd love to get a no-drm ebook version of this one. Cant find it on tor-forge or tor though - is there one coming? Any idea of when?

16:

Thank you Charlie.

I enjoyed this caper, particularly the word building and the sense of inertia that's inherent in all societies… I wont blather on, but I could.

Best wishes with all you current and future projects. I'm looking forward to them.

Maggie

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