Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Posted The Ferguson Question to Charlie's Diary
    (Note to visitors: I am not American and this is not an American blog. Please check your cultural assumptions!) I’m on a work/vacation road trip, but I’ve been unable to avoid the bad news coming out of Ferguson. And thinking...
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    I pivoted from pasticheing espionage novelists to pasticheing urban fantasy genres in "Equoid", the unicorn novella. "The Rhesus Chart" is of course the vampire novel; "The Annihilation Score" is about superheroes (and narrated by Mo), "The Nightmare Library" (or whatever...
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    I'm a bit disappointed, but unsurprised that Orphan Black was steamrollered by the Game of Thrones, but really -- that was kind of inevitable. The Hugos are and always have been a beauty contest, and OB is simply much less...
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    Congratulations! Is this likely to fast-track any of your forthcoming books? Nope, that's not how publishing works. (However, it will make the next Laundry novella a really easy sell ...)...
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    I just signed a contract for the next two Laundry novels and will be delivering "The Annihilation Score" (final draft) next month for publication in July 2015. The seventh Laundry Files novel should drop in summer 2016 but isn't written...
  • Posted So ... to Charlie's Diary
    I, um, appear to have won another Hugo award. Things have been kind of hectic this past week (it's a worldcon: I also threw a large birthday party—I turn 50 in about 8 weeks time—and we drove 450 miles to...
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    Getting control of that oil in Victorian times would hamstring the British. No it wouldn't, because: 1. Prior to 1900 the Royal Navy ran on coal. They had coaling stations all over the planet the way the US has basing...
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    Is that all? I once managed 3 hours of tailbacks getting from Thiefrow to the M3 turning. There was the hideous Leeds-London drive I did in 1991 or thereabouts when 2 miles south of Leeds I hit the tailback...
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    Money wise the replicators still need raw materials for input. I can imagine that there will still be rare elements and chemicals that it would be cheaper to mine and transport than try to produce locally through fusion or something....
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    Re: "How would the agents of an alien power infiltrate a more modern space opera setting ...?" Before you ask that question you've got to ask, "why would they want to?"...
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    Any updates on the Forbidden Planet signing? The drive from Leeds to London was hellish -- total of 2 hours of tailbacks on the M1 and M25 -- and I got to the hotel and checked in too late to...
  • Posted Hiatus to Charlie's Diary
    I am off to Loncon 3 tomorrow morning, by road. Stopping overnight in Leeds, then proceeding to London on Wednesday; I hope to be at the Angry Robot/Titan Books mass author signing at Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue, this Wednesday...
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    I kind of think a Eurofighter Typhoon II with an arrestor hook (they originally designed it to be capable of being fitted with one, before the French split with the consortium and went it alone with Rafale for their carrier...
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    If they'd converted to cat and trap, the next question would be, why go for F-35B tomorrow when F-18 is available off the shelf today? And Rafale? And wasn't there even a Naval Eurofighter option in the original spec? Rolls...
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    My quick BOTE estimate suggests that the 1816 eruption kicked up 2-3 orders of magnitude more crud into the stratosphere than a 100-1000 H-bomb nuclear exchange. So, nukes are definitely at the bottom end of the climate changing scale, unless...
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    Which left-leaning ex-CND PMs? Old Labour (Harold Wilson, Jimmy Callaghan) hated the Soviets (and it was mutual: to the Soviets they were class traitors), while since their day we've had Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Blair was in CND in...
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    I think you're making the assumption we have a nuclear deterrent as a real thing rather than a midlife crisis, Ferrari equivalent for our glorious leaders. Actually, the British nuclear deterrent is a real thing. IIRC The US is limited...
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    Tell me, again, why we scrapped the Avro Vulcans then? 1. They were nearing the end of their airframe life. (They got used very hard in the Hi-Lo-Hi mission role after their ability to survive an encounter with Soviet...
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    It's going to be a real problem for modern electronics and wireless. Lots of handy antennae in all those mobile phones to channel EMP into the delicate internals! Also not so good for grid interconnects -- AIUI eddy currents in...
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    Viable defenses ... I think this would probably do the job, although it's a little drastic: launch to Mach 10 in five seconds, neutron bomb warhead, accelerates so fast it goes supersonic as it pops out of the launch cell...
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    It also depends on who you're attacking. Successfully intercepting even a large subsonic bomber takes an effective ground radar system, the ability to scramble fighters in time, or effectively-guided missiles. And that's before you saturate their defenses with cheap...
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    Yup. The climax of the first MP series ignites all surface-level biomass over an area of about 62,000 square miles; there's roughly 5000 tons of available biomass per square mile, so on the order of 300Mt of wood/vegetation gets ignited...
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    Jay, if you were British and of a certain age (it began publishing in 1977, IIRC) you will have seen 2000AD. It was ubiquitous, and a huge hit in the newsstand weekly comic market. If you've heard of Judge Dredd...
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    Remember Sturgeon's Law - except in popular "music" the number isn't 95%, it's at least 99%, unfortunately. Yes, which is why it's a shame you never listened to John Peel -- he was the BBC's secret weapon on winnowing the...
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    s this material something that could fit into a future short-fiction work set in the Merchant Princes universe(s)? Only in a really boring one. It works better as an essay or a rant or over a couple of pints of...
  • Commented on Message for GISHWHES participants
    if that had been known earlier it would have affected "Glasshouse" and any potential sequel? Possibly ... what would really have affected "Glasshouse", however, would have been the after-disaster analysis of what the survivors did in New Orleans in the...
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    It's more a case of the superhero vibe in the Laundryverse being influenced heavily by a very undersold early 90s British shared universe anthology series titled Temps (which got binned by Roc one volume before I could contribute to it)...
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    I'm not a massive Half-Man Half-Biscuit fan, I've just been listening to them since about 1984 (thank you, John Peel!) and have a few of their albums. And think "The Trumpton Riots/Back in the DHSS" is one of the classic...
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    Oh, you should have no trouble with the cultural references in "The Annihilation Score" (the final redraft of which is my next job, after Worldcon/Eurocon): it's the Laundry superhero novel! However, remember I grew up in the UK in the...
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    David, the merchant princes project I'm working on is a hierarchical collection of roughly 800 sub-documents, including PDFs and web archives glommed from research sources, doodlings, notes, several earlier novels in the series (hyperlinked and tagged for searching), and the...
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