Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    If it's set in the 13th century then none of those cultural tropes are in any way appropriate—they'd be as anachronistic as hot rod racing and electric guitars in a story about the US War of Independence....
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Do publishers offer (and market!) ONLY contracts for serial books, or do they offer ones for single books and two loosely-connected books? It depends, frankly. There's no across-the-board consistency. What publishers want is authors with stable career tracks and steadily...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    I've been blocked on short fiction for a number of years due to a combination of book deadlines and deaths/illnesses in the family. Also, short fiction doesn't make money. (No idea who/what Levar Burton Reads is.)...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    I just will not buy "first book in a major new fantasy trilogy by $unknown_to_me_author". When/if "third book" in same occurs, I might. Thus ensuring that book three never happens. Thing is, publishers these days only issue two-book contracts...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    I don't see him doing anything that doesn't line his pockets in some way. Or keep him out of jail. I can see Trump trying to copy Silvio Berlusconi's tactic of using immunity while in executive office defensively—Berlusconi stayed in...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    What Trump wants is a "feel good" pushover war like Reagan's invasion of Grenada. As a certain Tsarist-era Russian foreign minister declared, "what this country needs is a short, victorious war!" — to distract the public in 1905, after the...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    I'm not writing any of those folks' stories (except Dr. Armstrong, who's going to get "The Valkyrie Confession", book 10—the penultimate one—in the main series). Instead you're getting to meet a whole cast of new weirdos, on both sides of...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    I'm hella out of touch with the short fiction scene, bit IIRC the only semi-prozine in the UK is Interzone, and has been for some decades—the market's too small to support more than one. These days online markets are more...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    why AMZ have never fixed that Publication sort order issue I think it's sneaky marketing. Humans broadly speaking follow two shopping strategies: foraging, and direct. Foragers rummage and browse endlessly, while direct shoppers are looking for one unique item and...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    What we need is for governments to issue humans with a UUID at birth. Then "name" could be simply an XML blob, possibly with some CSS to apply sorting/collation/formatting rules. The UUID would be the identifier actually used in any...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Corbyn proposes a vote of no confidence, which passes because half the Conservative MPs abstain You lost me at "half the Conservative MPs abstain". The clusterfuck that is the Tory showing in the Euroelection is going to leave the back...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    They went in stages, initially being replaced by gas fires, before the gas fires were taken out when central heating was installed (pumped water radiators, not HVAC, which can't be retrofitted to this type of building). The main one, in...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    The ultra-wealthy hypocrites don't care because the law don't apply to them. Same as it never has. Prior to the Enlightenment and a certain wave of wars and revolutions that swept Europe, culminating in the French revolution (the US war...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    You might want to look at the situation in Northern Ireland, which (because NI politics is weird and toxic) still operates under the Child Destruction Act (1861), which defined abortion as murder and originally prescribed hanging as the punishment (now...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Ahem: you need to read falsehoods programmers believe about names before you stick your foot any further down your throat. TLDR is: names are cultural constructs that vary far more widely than those of us raised in traditional western European...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    When a book is long out of print, the author/publisher contract usually contains a reversion clause allowing for the author to demand (and get) the rights back. If the author, their agent, or heirs exercise a reversion clause, they are...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    On googleability, the classic own goal was IBM, who renamed the formerly-easily-googleable AS/400 minicomputer range "i series". Yes, lowercase "i". Google eventually worked out how to serve searches relating to this low-key multibillion dollar corner of the computing industry, but...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    so that no amount of sorting will fix that mess ... Honestly, if I find an unnumbered series I want to read in sequence, my first port of call is Amazon's author page, then from the pull-down menu select "sort...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    It's surprisingly common for US/UK releases to have different titles. Here's why: * Trade books are not terribly valuable per unit weight—typically $1-3 per kg wholesale, so $1000-3000/tonne. * Books are therefore not economical to ship internationally between some markets...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    it was the edition with the funky mirror on the cover There was no mention of it being part of a series because the second book didn't get commissioned until two years after that edition was published. That was...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Does anyone do it? Maybe some self-pub authors do it, and I'm pretty sure the big comics companies do it with their special edition covers, but doing it on AMZN with books involves a lot of work (not to mention...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    I am continually astounded at how Amazon, Google, etc, fail at helping me buy the next book in a series or the next movie in a series Bear in mind that very often the publisher/studio has no idea they're pumping...
  • Posted CMAP #16: Book Title Blues to Charlie's Diary
    So a couple of months ago I handed in a new novel (it won't be out until the second half of 2020--these things have a long lead time). And it occurs to me that it's probably worth discussing book titles...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Naah, solar brightening means the rate of loss of hydrogen ions into the solar wind is increasing over a period of MYa; which means we gradually lose the oceans, then the water locked up in minerals in the crust and...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    No. Maybe after the euro-election results are in. (I ought to be blogging right now but am too burned out: I have a topic in mind but can't be arsed writing it up.)...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Greg, the Nazis didn't give a shit about cost—they pursued the extermination program to the end even though it was diverting vital logistic resources from defending against the advancing Soviet forces. They tried guns first, but the execution teams suffered...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Also: representatives represent. In a constituency-based system, this means they're probably going to have to attend a parliament/congress/assembly hundreds to thousands of kilometres from home. So it's logical to provide a subsistence/rent/mortgage allowance to parliamentarians, along with travel costs to/from...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    The room full of nitrogen is also quick, easy, and completely non-traumatic for the slaughterhouse employees … right up until they have to haul out their buddy who forgot to check his oxygen tank and regulator before starting his shift....
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Vegans just piss me the hell off. Then eat somewhere else. I've been married to/living with a vegan for over 25 years and frankly what you're complaining about happening to you just once is her default normal condition (i.e. venues...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    One of the most miraculous (and toxic) feats of propaganda during the 20th century was to convince ordinary working stiffs that they were actually temporarily-embarrassed billionaires, and so should vote for a billionaire-friendly agenda. Cockoos in the nest, nourished freely...
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