Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

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    So, for absolutely no particular reason, a silly question: do you, as a Good Scot, own/wear a kilt? For extra credit, do you like single malt, and if so, what preferences? Yes, I own a kilt. In goth tartan (i.e....
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    Mr. Stross, how would you go about writing a galactic space opera without breaking the laws of physics (no worm holes, no hyperspace, no warp drive, no FTL period)? I did that a couple of years ago, in "Neptune's Brood"!...
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    The reason I'm not writing any new Singularity SF or stuff about AI or space opera is because I don't have anything new to say on those subjects -- I said everything I had to say years ago. If I...
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    From the bits I've read about Old Believers (1600-1700 Russian history), they'd fit into Charlie's Laundry series without any revision. Just that weird! (Does some quick wikifiddling) ... Good grief, you're right....
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    I think I'd want to visit the Final Library (from Palimpsest). Although I probably know a bit more about where that's going than most people who've only read the novella. (It'll be a full novel one of these years ...)...
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    I really don't understand either the first question, nor Charlie's answer .... Could someone explain, please? It's a "Ministry or Nine Inch Nails" question. Industrial music. You know, the stuff all the cool kids were listening to 20 years ago....
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    In the future MP:TNG series do we find out what happened to futuristic dome planet with an opening portal to some kind of vacuum? Yes: it's a major plot-point....
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    I was thinking more of AI that surprised its makers by its existence and non-human- focused goals, Eschaton style, but couldn't just do as it pleased, so now what? Sounds like you missed "Rule 34"?...
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    Charlie: Any ideas of where Russia/Putin might be heading considering low oil and EU cold shoulder? I'd have said he'd have to be considering the option of "a short, victorious war" by this point in proceedings, except he already played...
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    pretty hate machine or psalm 69? Neither: it'd be either "The Land of Rape and Honey" or "Happiness in Slavery"....
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    is the pool of likely current owners (e.g., Atlantic Entertainment Group, which appears to own the 1984 movie released in 1984) known for being so bloodthirsty? I believe a new 1984 movie is in production. If so, the answer will...
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    Mr. Stross, do you have any desire to write a screen play or be the head writer for a TV series? Nope. If I wanted to be in TV/film I'd be writing scripts,not novels. It's just not my thing....
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    If you had to spend the rest of your life in one of your fictional universes, which would you choose? "Rule 34". It's very safe and it's got decent modern medicine. Also, no explosive outbursts of human-like AI with its...
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    In retrospect, is there anything in the various "Laundry" books that you wished you could spend more time on? Maybe a book 3.5 or 4.5 where "damn, this was a neat idea and I wish I could do more with...
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    You get hired in as an expert to help Gooplesoft prototype the ideal hardware/software/device/app thingy for authors. Sky's the limit. What would it look like? Scrivener. Only with syntax colourization for Markdown text, and Macvim as an editor plugin, and...
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    Yes there is, it's called "Black Mirror" :) Googles Ah, it's a TV thing. That'd be why I've never heard of it....
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    In the past you've spilt the beans on books you've had ideas for but will never write. Any chance you're willing to do so in this case too? Go find a copy of "Toast" and read the final novella, "Big...
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    Suggest Laundry Book 11 "At Worlds' Ends". Nope. The Laundry Files books have a standard naming structure: [Definite article] [adjective] [document related noun] For example, "The Jennifer Morgue" referred to a morgue in the sense of a newspaper/magazine archive, and...
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    What would you consider to be the most important but humble inventions of the last 150 years? Not interested in this type of question; laundry lists are not my thing. (Recent reading in books, blogs I follow, news sources,...
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    Just stopping by briefly to say: Star Wars is juvenile garbage lacking in any artistic merit, and further discussion of it will be deleted. (Same goes for Star Trek, too, with the exception of the original 1960s series.)...
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    NOTICE: I'm feeling under the weather today (translation: flu-like virus) so I'm not going to answer any more questions. I left off reading at #184. Anything after that, I'll get to some time later (possibly not this week). Signing off....
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    Max: You are a crank. Kindly take your trolling elsewhere and piss off. ADMINISTRATIVE WARNING: further comments attempting to derail this discussion in the direction of anthropogenic climate change will be deleted without notice....
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    MYRIAD? I've forgotten all about that one ...!...
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    Trial and error....
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    I'm pretty sure I'd refuse. Caveat: this is me, now. People change their opinions over time. I refuse to bind my future self's hands unconditionally....
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    What did you get out of all those discussions about starship design a few years back? I assume some of the ideas showed up in Neptune's Brood, but I'm curious if you found it useful. It got me a trip...
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    What sources do you consult, reference, and/or learn from with regard to the tradecraft of intelligence work so you can accurately write about it in your various novels? I could tell you, but then they'd make me kill you....
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    Find a narrative device that allows an assembly of short stories and vignettes that include a number of characters (some new) and based in different parts of the Laundry's timeline. Not impossible. We'll see....
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    Can you elaborate which concept(s) of free will you don't believe make sense, and which ones might? "Free will" seems to me to be a concept elaborated by Christianity (with roots in Judaism) to deal with the idea of Original...
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    1) Of the diverse utopian societies depicted in SF, is there one where'd you think "a society like this just might work (without magical tech)" and "I wanna live there?" Hahaha. "diverse utopian societies" [without magical tech] in SF ......
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