Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    My guess is that some time after 2030 the Labour party's decline will become terminal, and (hopefully) the Greens will pick up the left wing party-of-government slot. While the Tories will continue to rule in corruption and chaos before splitting...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Given that they are "NOT the tories" would the EU be more helpful, I wonder? The essential problem with that is, what guarantee does the EU have that the Tories won't get elected next time round and do the whole...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    "Renegotiate" a new treaty? ROFL, not going to happen. The best they can hope for is that the EU offers terms on a "take it or leave it" basis, and they take the offer, then declare victory ("we negotiated the...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Ok. I was sort of surprised that Matt? the DEA agent, was unable to do anything, and has vanished. I'm not a fan of "one hero against the System" narratives, and I wrote this series with my head firmly in...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Col. Smith is only worried because some of those corpses crawled out of their graves, and have nukes. No, his motivations are a lot more complicated (and he gets to expound on them in "Invisible Sun"). But: nobody in the...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: signed copies and author events
    Transreal was on the Grassmarket (near the Cowgate end) until about a decade(?) ago. Then moved to its current location on Candlemaker Row, just round the corner and a hundred metres up the hill from where it used to be....
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    You get your explanation in "Invisible Sun" (which does a Big Reveal near the end, to avoid the need for me to write *another* goddamn trilogy)....
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: signed copies and author events
    Same shop, I think: he had to move a few years ago (ended up just up the road). Back in the 90s Mike ran the SF/F bookstore in the basement of Edinburgh's Forbidden Planet, before they decided to stop selling...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: signed copies and author events
    Transreal is basically one guy named Mike in a shop the size of my living room. Per a publisher's marketign person of my acquaintance 2-3 years ago, he was moving almost as many SF/F books as Waterstones in Edinburgh. (One...
  • Posted Invisible Sun: signed copies and author events to Charlie's Diary
    Invisible Sun comes out next week! If you want to order signed copies, they're available from Transreal Fiction in Edinburgh: I'll be dropping in some time next week to sign them, and Mike will ship them on or after the...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Oh, you simply watch it on the Apple TV app on your iPad. /snark...
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    Pigeon: DO NOT buy Samsung/LG machines for washing clothes without taking care to ensure they are not one of these. Ahem. My rule of thumb is, "do not buy Samsung for anything". The most recent Samsung device I bought was...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    NB: I have no words to express how rapturously happy I am that I can finally allow myself to forget all these minutiae as the series is now finished and I won't have to rely on my memory of a...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    What am I missing? You're missing a minor detail from Empire Games -- that Rita's dad moved to Phoenix for work, and Kurt, who by then was retired, moved with the family. He originally settled in Boston (which was where...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    We Mericans just like our stuff bigger. Not just "stuff": I think you fail to appreciate how little land there is here to build houses on! If the USA was populated to the same density as the UK, the USA...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    You think wrong. Twin tub washing machine....
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    I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of the machines are of US manufacture. The dominant manufacturer of UK laundromat machines is ... Miele. (They also provide ongoing maintenance contracts with engineer visits.) Yes, they're built like tanks. So are...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Groceries are about 70-90% of a Tesco supermarket. Revenue is roughly £65Bn, or about US $88Bn, in a market of 65M people -- so equivalent to a US grocery chain turning over $450Bn. Similar steep fall-off to the competition....
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    It may be your washing machine. Right before COVID19 struck I replaced my old one with a horrifyingly expensive top-of-the-range Miele washer-drier. Yes, you can measure scoops of detergent if you feel like it -- but it also runs on...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Macy's don't have the same emphasis on own-brand products that M&S do, and their stores are physically larger than M&S's, but that's normal for US retail establishments (US shops are usually bigger if only because land is cheaper). But it's...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Not a grocery chain, it was Marks & Spencer, a 140-year-old retail corporation with annual revenue around US $13Bn who have had branches in France since 1975 -- it was their flagship international sub-chain, and they can't keep it going...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Kettenkrad ... Made before 1980, right? IIRC they stopped making them in 1949 or thereabouts; after the war ended, there was continued demand for them as forestry vehicles/off-road tractors. Yes, it's too old for most regulations -- but you'll need...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    U.S. to relax travel ban with India, China and Britain but border with Canada stays closed Incidentally, this means that there is now a chance I'll be at Worldcon in DC this December. (Travel from the UK was banned for...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Will Invisible Sun be hit by publisher supply chain issues? The ebook edition will not be affected by paper shortages. (If we run into an electron shortage, we have bigger problems than my book being late :) I can say...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Triage is an option when a Major Incident is declared, meaning the on-site responders are in danger of being overwhelmed. Triage should never be happening as far back up the response chain as the hospital A&E department, unless the Major...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Martin Schröder: Btw: Why are thee two slightly different listing for the Kindle edition at amazon.de? I keep having to answer this: the book is being published simultaneously by Tor UK and Tor USA, who are separate companies (but both...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    As for CIA-associated scout troops...are you kidding me? Firstly, I specified in DC, where they're not running active agents but mostly running huge bureaucratic paper-pushing ops full of desk analysts and middle managers. Secondly, I didn't specify CIA. I'm simply...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    The LDS and Scientology did in fact infiltrate the US intelligence community, from the 1970s onwards. The Stasi almost certainly would have if they were in a position to do so. The only satirical element of the scenario in the...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Two things. 1. At the time I began writing (2012) not a lot was known about the DDR's espionage activities directed at the USA. Which was frankly weird -- the Stasi's foreign intelligence service was to the KGB what Mossad...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Sustained 4% attrition approximates to a 25 year career life. Which is in the same ball park as my off-the-cuff estimate....
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