Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart
    Nope, not helpful. I have a novel in first draft in the can, and another novella and novel ready to write (contents known in detail): that's the next third of a million words of laundry right there, and over a...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart
    Thanks for reminding me of those: #1 has been on my to-read stack for too long. (Having finished the first draft of one novel I am now desperately fighting off the urge to try my hand at an I-can't-believe-it's-not-the-Culture novel....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart
    Are libertarians the cultists of the Martian Invaders? Quislings....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart
    A weird side-effect of fame is that famous people (for any value of famous, be it Hollywood-star/POTUS level universal fame or just the micro-fame of an SF author at a convention where they're a guest of honour) can only be...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart
    Because you missed the short story "Pimpf" where there is indeed a PFY. For a while. (Alex is the main protagonist of "The Nightmare Stacks", so a bit senior for PFY duty.)...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    Those are Somebody Else's Problems. Nothing to do with your successful business model. This is why the pernicious idea that we need "free markets" has to die. Markets are okay, when well-regulated, but unregulated markets can go very bad indeed....
  • Commented on Reminders
    Report typos here, for the time being -- we're talking "Annihilation Score", right? There is no point reporting typos in "Rhesus Chart" or any other book that was published more than six months ago....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart
    My understanding is that in much of Europe during the 1941-45 period urban cat (and dog) populations crashed. Cats in particular were prized as "roof rabbit". And while, as a cat owner slave myself I really don't like the thought...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart
    Most of the wiki software I've looked at requires PHP. I do not currently allow PHP on my server. Prejudiced, I know, but there is history there ......
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart
    Your source of confusion is that Wolverhampton is close enough to Birmingham that if they were both in the USA it'd be classified as a suburb. (Center to center by road is 17 miles.)...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart
    Since host has proffered to not indexing his work in a DB (eldtritch or otherwise), is there any fear that you'll eventually have to ret-con (tvtropes) certain things? Or do you have a small coterie of pre-readers set to catch...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart
    I've always read B.Aaronovitch as somewhat of a sub-genre / following on of host's genre mining. i.e. a good but notable cash-in for what's hot. This might be entirely unfair I think it's a bit unfair. Ben is part of...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart
    Also not done: Holmes is Queen Victoria....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart
    Yes, I got a book deal on a sentence. But it was the fourteenth book I'd sold her, seven of the previous were shortlisted for Hugos and most of them had earned out the advance and were in profit. Also,...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart
    How about something from the Great Game as a steampunk story? I'd always wondered about the casual acceptance of gorgonism outside the UK in the past, and its modern secrecy. Covered in "The Concrete Jungle." TL:DR; the mass observation program...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart
    You also want to run, not walk, to the PC Grant books by Ben Aaronovitch. (We've discussed writing a Folly/Laundry crossover. Magic systems are too incompatible, though.)...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    However, it's possible to design/build new sensors. Ones that use wavelengths that are actively selected against by biological evolution -- e.g. terahertz radar (absorbed within meters so you need an active e/m emitter: there's no evolutionary advantage to developing a...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart
    Historical, dammit. Anyway, I'd rather do Professor Challenger than (yawn) Holmes. Everyone does Holmes....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart
    1. The Laundry is a secret agency. It's capabilities are not widely understood by outsiders, especially random civilians (which kinda-sorta covers Old George). 2. He was set up by [SPOILER]. Except [SPOILER] didn't reckon with cultural drift and the danger...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart
    The real "Bob's levelled up" moment should be the point at which he walks into a bank and then to a meeting with a certain former HR officer and escapes with his hair and his dignity merely a bit mussed."...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart
    So, in, say, the past five years, has an editor turned down a book pitch? Yes. (But only at really preliminary stages, i.e. me, over lunch, saying "I've got this idea I've been thinking about ..." and editor saying "nah,...
  • Posted Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart to Charlie's Diary
    Some novels just don't happen when you expect them to. That was the case in mid to late 2013. I was supposed to be working on The Lambda Functionary, a third book in a thematic trilogy that started with Halting...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    The question you need to answer is why should slums disappear? Their disappearance presumes the allocation of resource in society to improving the housing of the poor, is that actually likely? It happened here, but a factor I never see...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    I'm more than a little concerned about what comes next. If the history of the UK during the industrial revolution is a precedent, what will happen is (a) cholera (or other sanitation-related plague), and/or (b) a Great Stink, then (c)...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    It's a self-correcting system that way. Customers who do careful scientific tests measuring their own productivity can't be fooled longer than five years or so. Not good enough. There's one strain of thinking by which this is exactly how we...
  • Commented on Reminders
    Don't know yet. Quite possibly it's going to be the longest Laundry Files book yet -- they tend to grow rather than shrink when I redraft, and the new one's rather complex. I will note that when I wrote "Annihilation...
  • Commented on Reminders
    I'm working on a crib notes essay on "The Rhesus Chart", and catching my breath after finishing the first draft of "The Nightmare Stacks" (which came in 30% overweight -- it's going to be at least as long as "The...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    If we're talking about something like a generation ship, why would we want human beings to do any routine work? Per Norbert Weiner, the proper use of human beings is stuff to do with other human beings. And not menial...
  • Commented on Reminders
    Nope. It's kind of hard to miss the RAF losing a couple of Typhoons, the Army sending tank columns up the M6 motorway in a tearing hurry, and about 10% of North Leeds being set on fire/massacred. (The rain of...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    In a 24/7 world (168 hrs/wk), you need 4 to 5 35-40 hour shifts per week ... meaning that if you are 100% productive for every single minute that you are at your job, your net productivity input is about...
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