Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on Checking in
    Now the shortlist is out, I can say a bit about stuff I nominated. I read so little short fiction these days that I didn't nominate in those categories because it would have been unfair. Ditto media (long form and...
  • Commented on Checking in
    Brandon Sanderson is passing comment on a question that directly affects him and is doing so in a polite, diplomatic, conciliatory manner. As for Abigail Nussbaum, her thoughts converge with mine so I don't need to say what she expressed....
  • Posted Checking in to Charlie's Diary
    I've been quiet for the past few days because I've been at Satellite IV, the 65th British Eastercon, held this year in Glasgow. In other news: the 2014 Hugo award shortlist has been announced (along with the 1939 retrospective Hugo...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    IF that is the case (even partially) why are "we" doing better than France, Spain, Portugal, Italy & about as well as Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium? We're not: the figures are rigged. The "economic growth" logged in the UK last year...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Hello? Venus acceleration due to gravity at the surface: 8.87m/s^2, i.e. 90% of Earth gravity. This is way closer to what we evolved under than any other planet in our solar system....
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Europe is about 50 different countries, many of which share a common trade and legal framework -- but nothing equivalent to the US federal government. The UK is not Europe. The UK didn't get a stimulus package because George Osborne...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Hmm, would it be survivable — as on Venus — at cloud-top level? Much harder, if not impossible: "Steam Earth" is worse than Venus for our purposes. Reason: the atmosphere of Venus is about 90% CO2 (molecular weight: 48 daltons)...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    As others have noted, rising sea levels won't disable world trade. Ports can move or be rebuilt over time -- years or decades, compared to the centuries taken for serious sea level rise. Railways still work. While base load power...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    But, wait. So there is an old person, and instead of passing his house to his children he sells it to get money for nursing. But the house is still there. Who is going to live in it? Instead of...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    While it's true that buying a house today is much more expensive than it used to be when the baby boomers bought their houses, it's also true that those houses bought by the baby boomers are still there. And sooner...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    "Something computer-related" is becoming less desirable as we move towards the end of Moore's Law and the maturation of the industry. And there's a whole shitload of useful specialities that MMOCs are useless for. A MMOC might teach you literature...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Germany and Japan are bad examples of how to get to ZPG. Both of them have strong structural disincentives that motivate working-age women away from child-bearing and raising a family. Japan: crappy/no paternity leave and childcare provisions, men who expect...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Any sustainable economy would have a much circumscribed idea of liberty compared to what we're used to. For starters, sustainability implies zero population growth, which means reproductive freedom has to go. This is a "the glass is half empty/the glass...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    PS: Thorium reactors are, alas, not impossible to use for breeding bomb fuel. You just end up breeding 233U rather than 239Pu. Different design of bomb, still goes "bang" in the end....
  • Commented on Generation Z
    On this score, all of the last few governments have been derelict in their duty to maintain and upgrade the UK's infrastructure. O RLY? I was under the impression that since 1979, successive British governments have all subscribed to the...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Cancer isn't a "cure" for cellular senescence; cancer requires at least two, if not more malfunctions to occur -- loss of sensitivity to apoptosis signalling is one, and it also requires loss of contact inhibition. Most cancer cells seem to...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    I think you underestimate how poor language teaching in British schools is; AIUI 50% of British people leave school with no language skills other than English. (Shame-faced confession: this includes me.)...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    You realize that a $100K salary in Silly Valley isn't enough to get your a mortgage on a a one-bedroom apartment? You'll be sharing a ratty rental house with roommates in The Mission (if you're lucky) and commuting 2 hours...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    The Arab Spring isn't a great model for the UK's situation. Revolutions are an occupation of the young, and Egypt is a very youthful country, with 50% of its population under the age of 20. The corresponding figure for the...
  • Posted Generation Z to Charlie's Diary
    I've been spending a little time lately asking myself questions about the near future. And in particular—this is especially relevant if you're planning on writing a near-future SF novel set maybe 15-30 years hence—what it's going to be like as...
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    Firstly, your suggestion is 18 months too late (I'm already writing book 3). Secondly, I'm not interested in writing carnography -- and as both sides in the war you speculate about have nuclear weapons, that's where it would go (and...
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    You're missing the rennaissance in the market for novellas. Novellas are 20-50,000 words, i.e. too short to sell in a stand-alone mass market book (other than to a specialist audience). Because they're short, customers would expect to pay less, and...
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    The last one I read was a lot like that. I shook things up a bit at the end of book 5 ("The Rhesus Chart", due in July), and book 6 ("The Armageddon Score", hopefully due in July 2015) shakes...
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    I want to write the rest of Palimpsest, the novel, sooner or later. But I wrote the novella in 2008. As I said above, that was about the last time I got to do something original and new. Palimpsest: the...
  • Commented on Heartbleed note
    So, on the subject of "... the cure lies elswehere" where does the cure to government snooping lie? At last! Someone asked the right question! The answer clearly lies somewhere in the solution space known as "politics", because this isn't...
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    You don't categorize the Laundry Files as UF? I am puzzled!...
  • Posted "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one" to Charlie's Diary
    So, I was making slow but steady headway on "Invisible Sun" (Merchant Princes: The Next Generation #3) when I got bitten this morning by an Attack Novel. I mean, a rabid one. So far, I've confined myself to writing the...
  • Commented on Heartbleed note
    Ssh! (But I am informed that no TLS attacks relying on Heartbleed have been observed in the wild ... yet.)...
  • Commented on Yet another bad idea
    The UK doesn't have enough nuclear weapons for "bristling" -- "clutching like a fig-leaf" maybe. Indeed, the more we learn about the UK nuclear weapons program, the more it looks like an elaborate Monty Python sketch that got out of...
  • Commented on Heartbleed note
    Ubiquitous SNI is new since last time I looked into SSL. Nevertheless: I can't be arsed spending money and time doing this without a good reason. (You'd rather I used the time to write more fiction, wouldn't you? Admit it!)...
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