Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Greg: Already been done it's called "Communism" Communism is not, for the n'th time, a religion. It is an ideology based on a fundamental misapprehension about large-scale group human interactions. In which respect it's exactly as wrong as Libertarianism (albeit...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Yes. I like it as a story background, but my mathematical and pedantic soul is less happy. It looks horribly like another example of self-proclaimed rationalists creating another religion. I think it's exactly that -- it's part of the same...
  • Commented on Upcoming Attractions!
    You can't. Period....
  • Commented on Upcoming Attractions!
    Hopefully a lot of folks will welcome the distraction!...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    BTW, those whacky Lesswrong dudes have come up with what looks like a much better rationalization for computational magic here: the Solomonoff Prior is malign....
  • Posted Upcoming Attractions! to Charlie's Diary
    As you know by now, my next novel, Dead Lies Dreaming comes out next week—on Tuesday the 27th in the US and Thursday 29th in the UK, because I've got different publishers in different territories). Signed copies can be ordered...
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    I'm not that well-read (or into) Norse mythology....
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    NB: I think I've mentioned a first draft of In His House already exists, plus plans for Bones and Nightmares: those two aren't part of the core Laundry/Bob sequence, they're a continuation of Dead Lies Dreaming. And right now it's...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Angleton for sure knew: so, presumably, does the Senior Auditor, and it's likely Mo has more than an inkling. As for anyone else, it's probably need-to-know stuff. Possible spoiler: the provisional plan was that Mo was to be the next...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Bob is simply in denial, from the end of "The Fuller Memorandum" through to maybe the start of "The Delirium Brief" (a period of a couple of years). He still wants to be Bob: by the end of the last...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Let me stomp on the "soul" topic right here and now: I'm a materialist. But when I decided to write a short comic novel about a geek who's fallen into a civil service bureaucracy with magic, back in 1999, I...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Nope, not Aspirin: I was definitely thinking of "Mother of Demons" (1997) by Eric Flint....
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    IIRC Eric Flint's first novel was also human-free. (It wasn't a very good book -- had the usual first novel problems -- but it was viable on its own terms.) I have a certain weakness for writing novels with people...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    And we won't talk about the racism/orientalism inherent in that whole "black pharaoh" meme. That one I read, contra Lovecraft's racism, in the same manner as I read Black Prince: a cognomen related to his brutality. (Lovecraft would probably have...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    We have no idea what The Mandate's back-story is prior to "The Annihilation Score", when he shows up in Mo's office, but presumably some hapless cultists got lucky, for very unfortunate values of "lucky", and he wandered off to do...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    It's the end of a story arc, not the end of the universe! (Incidentally, CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN is the magical equivalent of anthropogenic global warming: in this case, computational computing is driving up the level of magic in the world....
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Charlie, if I'm not out of line here, and it's something you can talk about, I was wondering if you could expand on this? Orbit is my UK publisher for the Laundry Files -- but didn't acquire them until roughly...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    I will note that it's unreasonable to expect a more monolithic, regimented style of governance from the Deep Ones than we get from human governments -- especially as they occupy about 4x the territory of Earth's entire (non-submerged) surface area,...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Yes. Bob is an unreliable narrator: Bob is in denial about, basically, everything to do with being Bob. At least up until the last book (which isn't planned in any detail yet) when Bob has to face the facts. Compare...
  • Commented on Entanglements!
    f/when we change words, we change to American English usage. To add to the confusion? Trademarks are a pain. In the UK, the most popular brand of self-adhesive tape (for paper, etc) is "Sellotape". But it's sold in Australia as...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Bob, however, has not been displaced. He must share his body with the preta, which is most uncomfortable, but if the preta moves on, Bob is still there. Wrong. The Eater of Souls is incarnate in a human body, with...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    With regard to Angleton and his "gone" status, I am reminded of Arthur Conan Doyle, who was forced to revive Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes was the star of the bestselling series: Angleton is supporting cast/elder mentor, an Obi Wan Kenobi...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Starlink sats de-orbit naturally after 2-5 years -- they're in really low orbits. Hence the frequent 60-satellite "top up" launches for the constellation....
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    I wonder, would there ever be enough of a market to collect all of the shorter stories in the universe in a dead-tree volume? Or would that be painful from a licensing/copyright point of view? I'd sure like to complete...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    You noticed that Iris was a government agent provocateur working with the cultists, who'd risen to a position of seniority/influence among them? Also: if you open the way for one elder god, who knows which others may be able to...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Bob hadn't lost his temper at that point....
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    The only fly in the ointment is that intentionally killing people to achieve magical ends is a potent source of necromantic energy, and if populations are desperate and starving some of their rulers might be desperate and ruthless enough to...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Blue Hades aren't universal: they (and Deep Seven) may not have been present in the Alfar realm. And/or dropping large chunks of a moon on them may have taken them by surprise: I dunno. I think it's implied in "The...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Angleton: I highly suspect we'll see more of him in the series denuement (please!) For all his inherent darkness, he came across as that protective uncle you looked up to when still a kid. The cat: what happened to Bob&Mo's...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Yeah, now you mention it: the intern's mom died in the previous book. But it's a non-canon/semi-canon story anyway, so dispensable....
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