Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    Shall I be a killjoy and just call an end to the Culture ship names thread right now ...? (Memo to self: in final version of "Ghost Engine", must include a throwaway reference to the Heavy Assault Wombat[*] "Unbearable Lightness...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    If you like extremely cynical and somewhat nihilistic superhero fic, "Worm" is decent. It's fairly clearly the work of someone learning his craft in the process, however, and I remain unconvinced that anyone can write/plan/stick to a plot at lengths...
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    I have real fun with longer ebooks and the sense of duration. Don't get me started on what it was like ploughing through Worm in ebook form!...
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    I just did a little bit of a conscious "embrace and extend" on the usual tacit use of common units and distances. Not dissimilar to what Vernor Vinge did with the spiders in "A Deepness in the Sky"....
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    The ship names thing can be tricky if you are planning a multicultural future If you're at the usual venue next Tuesday, remind me to show you my get-out-of-jail-free card, namely the TRANSLATOR'S NOTE at the beginning of the novel....
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    One stabbing, stabber shot by police, HoC on lockdown, per latest news....
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    Ah, found it. Program participation applications were due to close on the 30th, so it's lucky someone reminded me to go look at this!...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    Spoiler: you get to meet (briefly) the battlecruiser Looking for Martyrdom? We can help you!. And at somewhat greater length, the heavy attack monastery Ambassador of Progress Trebitsch-Lincoln and the energetic merchant cruiser Kanno Sugako. (Hint: wikipedia is your friend.)...
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    I thought I had, but ... Do you have a URL for a program participant sign-up form?...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    PS: so maybe you're wondering what "Ghost Engine" is? It's a space opera. First in a new setting (distantly related to the universe of "Palimpsest"). Not in continuity with any other books, least of all "Glasshouse" (although the title "Ghost...
  • Posted The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train) to Charlie's Diary
    So yesterday I got to type THE END, at (oddly enough) the end of a book I've been writing since last April. "Ghost Engine" is due out in July 2018, so having a complete draft is a bit of a...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Not quite considering the fact that he is married to a jewish-hungarian woman, Krisztina Marfai Arib. Being married to a person of a given ethnicity doesn't preclude being a racist shitbag about that ethnicity in general. Existence proof: H. P....
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    If there was (a) any chance of there being a progressively-run UK within my remaining life expectancy (I'm 52), and (b) if I thought it could happen with Scotland in the UK but not with Scotland outside the UK, I'd...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    So 7.4% of the time in the last 67 years, 8.2% of the population's MP's represented the swing which changes the government. That may sound like a deficit, but i'm not sure it is when you account for the fact...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Yes, well, so you'd factor in car hire costs for your vacations, wouldn't you? For example, a nice diesel/hybrid estate. I'm assuming they total less than one month per year ......
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    Just to add to the fun, they're in the process — this session of Parliament — of replacing the various versions of the Official Secrets Act with a shiny, new, authoritarian, crapsack Espionage Act (which arguably criminalizes investigative journalism). I...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Conclude Scexit negotiations September 2019 (not sure that Scexit negotiations are simpler than Brexit negotiations?) Ha ha nope. Assuming a vote for Scottish Independence, what happens next gets quite interesting. There are a lot of bits of shared infrastructure to...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Incidentally, the idea that a US with New York, Texas, and California is balanced is humorous in the extreme It's a bit more balanced than the EU, though, where you've got Germany holding down the center with ~80 million people...
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    Ideal world I'd like to see: a Federal Europe consisting of small states (3-30 million population), run along a hierarchical model closer to that of the USA than the current unbalanced mess we've got, with a strong representative government. The...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    .... However, Edinburgh must be close to the UK city with the most intractable transport problems, for the reasons you say. For added lulz: Edinburgh used to have suburban railway stations. Alas, they were closed (post-Beeching) and the stations mostly...
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    Incidentally, per this morning's news, Gordon Brown is pushing for a Federal UK after Brexit. This is a truly excellent idea and I'd back it wholeheartedly — the Federalization bit, not the Brexit bit — except it's 37 years too...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    With a little regulatory encouragement you could get versions that park on their back end so you can stack a lot of them in relatively small spaces. The figure I heard for Edinburgh 20 years ago was "200,000 residents parking...
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    On Brexit, I find it odd that the general Brexit view appears to be that, Brexit having won the vote, everyone voting remain should shut up. Would the Brexiters? That's not actually the general view. It's the howling shrieks of...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Well, cycle hire schemes are a thing; I gather Edinburgh's finally going to get them in the next year or so (it was first mooted a decade ago). The next step would be electric-assist cycle hire. Or a change to...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    The A1 i still a horrible, horrible road to drive ... but it's all in England; the remaining thirty miles of single carriageway runs from south of Berwick-upon-Tweed to somewhere between Alnwick and Newcastle. So you can make a steady...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    A better solution would be to prioritize electrification of the existing Scotrail network, lengthen platforms and upgrade stations to take longer trains where possible, and get rid of level crossings — go for full grade separation. Then it ought to...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    ... and not outrageously hilly. In Scotland. Yeah, right. (Scottish mountains aren't very high compared to the Alps or the Himalayas, but there are a lot of them and they can be quite steep. Makes road-building a bit of an...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    What happened to the entertaining exchange about environmental policy in New Zealand between Jez Weston and the blowhard "performance artist"? I deleted its sorry ass for going wildly off-topic, to the tune of 30% of the comments (so far) on...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I will note that Theresa May could have totally screwed Nicola Sturgeon today. But she didn't have the imagination to do so. Realpolitik: Sturgeon demands IndyRef2, in the middle of the Brexit negotiations, just to add extra leverage. May said...
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    I'm kind of surprised May isn't actively trying to throw Scotland out of the UK. It's the "Conservative and Unionist Party" name again. And Mayhem not having the twisted imagination to see how she could make it fly and...
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