Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Let us recall that Turkey has a really bad record of genocide directed at ethnic minorities, and a poisonous nationalist ideology that is inherently hostile towards Kurdish self-determination. I mean, if you think the history of the British in Ireland...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Don't worry, "Gideon" is an expert: he went to St Paul's school then to Oxford where he studied modern history (and social drinking, in the Bullingdon Club). So of course he knows all about economics. He had a few part-time...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    ADMINISTRATIVE NOTE The server move went fine and comments are switched back on. (I switched them off prior to the physical relocation so I could shut down MySQL manually, to protect database integrity. As prep for the move itself, the...
  • Commented on IMPENDING OUTAGE
    If oyu can read this, comments are back on....
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Umm, seems to me that AQ isn't much of a threat today AQ is a franchise operation; folks operating under their banner fork, change names and members, and pop up in different places. Lest we forget, Da'esh (aka ISIS, but...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    I suspect it's power will wane once real wages start to rise again. Ahem: I suspect it's power will wane IF real wages are allowed to rise again. (The current ruling neoliberal austeritarian elite view rising wages as sinful, because...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Chasing the real world ends at the climax of book 6, where [REDACTED] causes global news headlines. The events of book 7 only up the ante, until by book 8 I can open with Bob being interviewed on Newsnight (in...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    I'll see what I can do....
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    "You have to get older, but you don't have to grow up." You and me both. Oh, and the nicest thing anyone said to me at the pub on Saturday? When introduced by a friend, and told which birthday...
  • Posted The Curse of Laundry to Charlie's Diary
    There's some kind of bizarre curse hanging over my Laundry Files series. Or maybe it's a deeper underlying problem with writing fiction set in the very near future (or past): I'm not sure which. All I'm sure is that that...
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    You know, I'm not going to carp at Elon Musk's desire to colonize Mars; he seems to have a much sharper grasp of the size of the problem than most space cadets, and more importantly he's [metaphorically] building a military-industrial...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    HINT: try googling - "Epping Forest" I just did. And I figured out who owns the forest in question. And now I know why the Greens want to abolish or reform that body -- and I agree with them: it's...
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    once artificial intelligence appears on the scene and greatly advances science and technology, things should happen very very fast Ah, a naive singularitarian! I remember being one of them (vaguely). Martian frontier opened to a mass market Ooh, look: two...
  • Posted Some thoughts on turning 50 to Charlie's Diary
    Today is my 50th birthday. As Terry Pratchett noted, "inside every old man there's an 8 year old wondering what the hell just happened". In the absence of some really big medical breakthroughs I'm almost certainly more than halfway through...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    We're still a few minutes away from nuclear annihilation. Actually, the management changes were quite significant. Since the early 1990s the ICBMs and SLBMs have been targeted on empty patches of ocean, known to the other side, so that an...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Will you ever use the "Humans are the most dangerous evil in the universe/multiverse" trope? Define "evil". (I'm not Christian and wasn't raised that way. Nor am I Zoroastrian. I don't buy that black/white good/evil dualism bullshit.)...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    My reading of Boeing's history is that the 747 nearly bankrupted Boeing -- as the RB211 (designed for the 747 and other wide-bodies) did bankrupt Rolls-Royce. The lay-offs right after the first 747 flew were massive. Boeing couldn't afford to...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Minor note of hope: the Scottish Green Party (not the same as the English Green Party) just tripled in membership since the Independence referendum. And their policy platform can be characterised as: traditional social democrats, extremely concerned about the environment...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Here's a guess: Lockheed's forward planning folks have taken a look at the cheap access to space field and they're getting the cold sweats over SpaceX, Dreamcatcher, et al. They've had a good run of charging the DoD $500M/launch, but...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    To screw up Ebola this badly in a developed nation with good-ish infrastructure requires a private healthcare system optimized for profit delivery rather than universal coverage, and a racist electorate who don't believe in giving free treatment to "those people"....
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Nope. The Laundryverse occupies a parallel universe at this point; "The Rhesus Chart" is set some time in 2012-13, "The Annihilation Score" no later than 2013, and by the time of book 8, things will have diverged enough that keeping...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    That is indeed on the cards for a future Laundry novel -- but I'm not committing to it definitively until I've got a publication contract and no more than 2 years to go until it appears in print. (It can't...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    I am tempted to put UKIP in the cabinet just so Bob can eat them. Or to have them fulminating about Deep One immigrants and EU fishing quotas. But alas, even if I push out one per year, book 8...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Your approximate time line is: Book 5: bad stuff is happening increasingly frequently Book 6: the Laundry is still desperately clinging to the shadows but Laundry-related subjects are coming up in COBRA briefings and ministers are Unamused Book 7: the...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Doubt it. (I'm taking an ev. psych. approach.)...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Actually, I read Simak -- but a very long time ago. Similarly: if you read "The Atrocity Archive" and Tim Powers' "Declare" and synopsize them, they look identical ... except they aren't. Never underestimate the significance of style, and the...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Well, the first four Laundry Files novels were pastiches of specific British spy thriller authors; the next four (or three plus novella, counting "Equoid") are pastiches of specific urban fantasy genres. Unicorns, Vampires, Superheroes, and Elves. The plan is --...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    1. Tolkien didn't invent elves; he took existing mythic archetypes and turned them to his own purpose. 2. If you read carefully, you'll see I referred to the [speculative] reality underlying the myths. Another way of looking at it: I'm...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    One of the drawbacks of moving to a new genre is that you will initially lack an understanding of previous influential work in the genre. Only if you're ill-read in it ... and I'm not, in this instance....
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    URL repaired by moderator. ... Except it still doesn't work!...
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