Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    It is normal for book covers to be, shall we say, only tangentially related to the contents, and to contain huge and glaring inaccuracies. The huge and glaring error on the Tor.com cover for "The Labyrinth Index" is that there...
  • Posted Silence is ending (soon) to Charlie's Diary
    The reason for the lack of significant blogging for the past couple of months is that I've been grappling with a manuscript. Grappling is now mostly done: it needs some more polishing before I hand it in, but at...
  • Commented on We get reviews (contd.)
    Signed copies from the usual bookstores (I'll do a blog entry in December/January). I haven't visited London this year so far. It's not impossible I'll visit London in 2018, but it's not currently planned....
  • Commented on We get reviews (contd.)
    Yep. I've had starred reviews in Kirkus and PW in the past, but this one is something special. (Kirkus always find something downbeat to say about a book. Always. Except this one.)...
  • Commented on We get reviews (contd.)
    Ha ha nope. Assuming all goes to plan I'll be in Leipzig to deliver a talk at Chaos Communication Congress between Boxing Day and Hogmanay, but that's not exactly sunny....
  • Commented on Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only)
    Martin is correct up to a point — the RAF is doing its usual bombing thing: however, there are no large numbers of boots on the ground in evidence. Compared with the Iraq war (biggest invasion force assembled since 1956)...
  • Commented on Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only)
    See historical essay in the back of "Dark State". (See also: author's cognitive biases and backgrounds.)...
  • Commented on Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only)
    Don't worry, Bob barely appears at all in "The Labyrinth Index" — it's Mhari's story! (It involves much vampire-punching. By- and of- vampires, that is. Much.)...
  • Commented on We get reviews (contd.)
    In other news: I finished the first draft of "The Labyrinth Index" so normal blogging activity will resume shortly ... only I came down with a chest infection this week, so may be a bit sluggish at first....
  • Posted We get reviews (contd.) to Charlie's Diary
    I have a new book coming out in less than eight weeks' time. Which means the reviews are beginning to show up, starting with the trade publications bookstores and librarians read to see what's coming and what to stock....
  • Commented on Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only)
    Actually, his constitutional role is modeled on that of the Supreme Leader in the Iranian system. But good call!...
  • Commented on Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only)
    I'm not sure this is a proper thing to suggest, but if it is, would you consider making the original second half available some time after the book is published? No, because it's really weak. (I set up a lot...
  • Commented on Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only)
    What do you mean by Rewriting? A literal rewrite from beginning to end? Or going through a draft and making additions and corrections. Depends entirely on the book. "The Labyrinth Index" is due for the latter — extensive corrections and...
  • Commented on Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only)
    Why is the highest official of the Commonwealth named "First Man" Look at the etymology of "president". Congratulations on grappling with the many-tentacled monster that is Amazon!...
  • Commented on Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only)
    he UK participates in black friday It's entirely retailer-driven, and only showed up in the past decade once Amazon began pushing it globally....
  • Commented on Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only)
    Lying on a beach. Burning up the Air France air miles I've been saving for a decade before Brexit shuts down all connecting flights in and out of the UK. Etc....
  • Commented on Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only)
    I do a lot of SF convention appearances, and the idea of being paid for it — over and above flights and hotel bill — is a giggle. Also? It's work. Some writers find talking about their in-progress work in...
  • Commented on Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only)
    There's always the option of the odd short story to keep the fans interested - there must be plenty of Laundry backstory left, even after the very enjoyable AO3 snippets. I'm about two years overdue to write Derek the DM's...
  • Commented on Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only)
    What are you thinking of doing for the sabbatical? Burning a load of air miles and not writing any novels. I last took a significant break from work in 2007; six months off is necessary every so often, just to...
  • Commented on Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only)
    2016 was due to be peak Charlie. Then multiple edits on the Empire Games trilogy hit. I was at five books in the pipeline back in 2015-16. This year ... "The Labyrinth Index" wasn't due to be written until 2018,...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    You know, quite a lot of Americans today really do think Germany is some kind of communist hell-hole. (They mostly get their opinions from Fox News, which explains it.) Gomez has several chips on her shoulder, including but not limited...
  • Commented on Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only)
    In other, off-topic, news, I just finished the first draft of "The Labyrinth Index" (only two and a half weeks over the deadline). It still needs work, but at least it's now a novel-shaped-object instead of a construction site. This...
  • Posted Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only) to Charlie's Diary
    Attention, British readers: Empire Games is on special offer this week from the Amazon.co.uk Kindle store! It's just 99 pence, until Sunday 26th, so if you've wanted to dip a toe in the water, this is your chance! (This...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Something that I am pretty sure hasn't been mentioned because I can't believe I'd have missed something that must either be big itself or have a big reason why it isn't: pathogens. You get a chunk of that in passing...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    My experience of the KL-Singapore train was not improved by the sleeper carriage we were in having faulty plumbing, and the train crew trying to fix it by hitting things with spanners more or less continuously from 1am to 3am....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    It would be easier for the US to simply cross-connect our planetary atmosphere with another uninhabited low-CO2 world somewhere rather than spend time, effort and energy creating gigatonnes of dry ice each year here They don't have portal technology: just...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    It's inked-in in the background, but: resource extraction from parallel earths is a great excuse for not mitigating environmental degradation back home, isn't it? The ~USA is experimenting with large-scale carbon capture using cold traps (condense out a shitload of...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    If you're a seventeen-year-old male at loose ends, this makes it a lot harder to put together a raiding party or a street gang, and a lot easier to find someone who'll pay your tuition for a degree in accounting....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Just because it's now s-curving (a bit) doesn’t mean that history hasn't happened. Hang on a mo: it's not s-curving a bit: if you look at those places furthest along the s-curve, it's going steeply negative. Japan is looking at...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Priest-stamping is optional; look at the total fertility rate in Iran over the past 30 years. (They've dropped from an average of about 5-6 babies per woman circa 1980 to less than 1.5 this decade, below replacement rate, despite still...
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