Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on Book day!
    I was wondering when/if anyone would raise this question. That and other questions is answered in "The Labyrinth Index". (And we get to find out who stole the blueprints for the Pale Violin in TFM, and what the New Management...
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    I don't think Mhari is a "gamer gurrl", so she likely wouldn't have much familiarity with computer/console games, especially games released after she split from Bob. You missed Mhari being tasked with riding herd on a bunch of nerdy quants...
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    Note the explanation for CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN, repeated ad nauseam throughout the series: everything magical is getting more potent as time goes by and the stars come right. Something that was formerly dormant can now be raised to borderline sentience,...
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    I'm really curious as to who the sponsor is of the winning faction in the U.S. Another mask of Nyarlathotep? The King in Yellow doesn't seem to be available. Have any other powers been named who could plausibly guard a...
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    You missed the implications of (a) Bob being linked to the EoS back in TFM, and then (b) what happened when the Hungry Ghost was implicitly cut loose from Angleton at the time of Angleton's postulated demise at the end...
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    Thinking about this a little more... What if The Sleeper has multiple servants? Nyarlahotep, The Eater of Souls, the "Emitter of Controlling Ogranisms" (defeated in this book?) and possibly others. While the Sleeper is estivating, Nyarlahotep has killed "The Emitter...
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    Nudge nudge, the US publisher from this book forward is Tor and the US edition is DRM-free. You can get a DRM-free epub purchase from Google Play (if they think you're American) or as azw3 from Amazon.com (I know for...
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    US edition or UK edition? They were separately typeset....
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    What makes the BP a "better" option than the Sleeper? The BP wants to keep humans alive because who's going to worship/adore him if he doesn't? Also, he needs to leave them a modicum of free will, if only to...
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    That American TV adaptation proposal didn't go anywhere. In the purely hypothetical case that a different film or TV adaptation was being hawked around, I wouldn't be able to say anything about it without the agreement of the production company....
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    Schiller leases — he doesn't fly enough to need to own his own bizjet 24x365....
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    Elderly Cynic: the trade paperback of "The Delirium Brief" doesn't come out until 12 months after the hardcover. You'll have a very long wait....
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    Start shifting to a Mhari/Cassie/Seph focus I guess. Not confirmed/official/signed contract yet, but it looks like my space opera (Ghost Engine) will be kicked down the road to a 2019 launch — I need more time to work on it...
  • Posted Unwanted Blogging Vacation to Charlie's Diary
    I am taking an (unasked-for) vacation from blogging to attend the bed of a close, elderly, family member who is dying. This is not unexpected, but death doesn't generally happen on a schedule and I've no way of knowing whether...
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    Administrative notice Due to an ongoing family emergency I'm hitting the road and do not know whether I will have any time to participate in comments here for the foreseeable future. (Nothing unexpected or unscheduled, and almost guaranteed to end...
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    The "cover price" is the Suggested Retail Price which in practice is non-binding and ignored by virtually all booksellers. Publishers sell books wholesale to retailers at a nominal discount off it, usually 50-70%, and the retailers then sell it for...
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    So how high was the Leeds incident death toll? It's 1-4 weeks after the event; nobody actually knows for sure how many people died. (Look at the Grenfell Tower disaster and the lack of a death toll so far and...
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    Diff won't help because the books were separately typeset — the American publisher was not happy with the job the UK publisher did (and neither was I!) — so every single piece of quoted dialog will show up with different...
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    My lead publisher is American; the books are edited with an American audience in mind. (Brits can deal with American spelling better than Americans deal with British spelling.)...
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    Bear in mind the lead time on book production is savage: "Delirium Brief" was finalized in July 2016, written from mid-2015 onwards. I don't recall you-know-who being really bedded in here that far back ......
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    Dogma turned out to be wrong in the past decade or so; new CNS tissue does grow, albeit not much of it. As for those new synapses, don't underestimate how important they are! While individual cells may be stable their...
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    I suppose that posits a possible end of the Laundryverse where everyone left standing is a monster, but they still really like tea (or coffee) and late 20th century pop-culture. That's a possible end-game, yes: abhuman nightmares that remember being...
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    The US kindle edition is DRM-free. The US iBooks edition should be DRM free. My experience is that Google Play epubs, when the publisher says it's DRM free, are DRM free....
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    I asked a couple of Go players for help. I'm blaming them. OK?...
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    Consider that the Bob of "Delirium Brief" may not be the lovable but socially inept hacker dude Bob Howard of pre-"Rhesus Chart" books, but could be the Eater of Souls dreaming that he's a hacker called Bob, rather than the...
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    Nope, not me! (I don't have a wine-drinker's nose and wouldn't be seen dead in a DJ.) Also: Yeah, but is it worse than Donald Trump? Definitely, much worse! Much, MUCH worse! The worsest! I mean, if you go back...
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    his isn't an issue of national defense, but of global defense. We're all in this together and one nation-state falling dramatically impairs the ability of other nation-states to resist the contagion. Correct. And the plot of "The Labyrinth Index" might...
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    And like classic cold war Spy agencies, what the Laundry does to its people is *vile*. I have been waiting for some years to pull the rug from under my reader's assumption that the Laundry are the good guys. After...
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    It's a little bit telling to me that when this whole thing is going down, not once does anyone even float the plan of "maybe we should just go loud. Never underestimate the toxic long-term effects of groupthink! The Laundry...
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    My conclusion is Mo is pregnant, she survived because little Bob/Mo is powerful occult entity, even as a zygote. Your conclusion is incorrect: what happened after the condom burst is not yet decided (it's a gun on the mantelpiece, just...
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