Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    Profound implications for medicine, if correct. Nope, not medicine: it's much bigger than that. Basically this is one of the key technologies that will allow us to bootstrap Drexler-style molecular nanotechnology. (The next step is to start designing special-purpose enzymes...
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    See comment #14....
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    Tusk swords aren't made out of bone or ivory; they're steel sword bayonets mounted ring bayonet style on elephant tusks, about six to ten feet long (in old money units). Elephants with fricken' swords strapped to their heads. Doctor Evil...
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    And if it's set in ice age Europe, you can even have war mammoths, if you must. Yes, but you don't get to play with tusk swords! (Which are scary AF.)...
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    PS: Of course, if one combines Growing Earth theory with Hollow Earth theory -- all you need is some helpful source of anti-gravity to ensure everything doesn't float off the inside of the hollow sphere -- it bypasses the entire...
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    One question about Growing Earth theory: Where does the extra mass come from? And a corollary: What are the cosmological consequences? If Earth is packing on mass, then so is the rest of the solar system ... indeed, the universe....
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    So is Bigge is just a gadget freak with too much money? Yes, I think so. He's certainly overconfident about failure modes. Rupert is over-confident and sloppy (see also: Boris Johnson!) but he's also far more dangerous than Eve realizes...
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    OTOH: Charles, what about the crib sheet for The Labyrinth Index? I thought I already did one? If not, well, remind me next week. (Right now, am writing.)...
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    For the answers to these (and other) questions, you need to read "In His House" and "Bones and Nightmares". The former is written, the latter is about 30% there, and when I get the contracts signed you'll read about it...
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    Information is all there, via memories; ingrained habits of thought are not -- otherwise any agent who did the whole stealing-of-faces-and-memories trick would immediately go native....
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    Why was First of Spies and Liars so damn incompetent? I mean, yeah, Cassie knew nothing of military value, but wouldn't an afternoon googling stuff have solved that? You missed the bit about the Alfar host hiding out in a...
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    Basically all of the radical extremist Protestants left Europe and came to America. The craziest of the crazies, if you will. Ha ha nope, not all of them! You might want to look into the Wee Frees or the Plymouth...
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    World-building note: This kind of got lost in the mists of time, but back in 1999 when I began writing the first Laundry story, I decided that it'd be an SF yarn with magic, for values of magic that emerged...
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    Then Gutenberg invents the printing press, about the same time as paper mills are spreading throughout Europe, in the late 15th Century. Knowledge escapes, bigly, including magic. The magicians get alarmed, because they know thattoo many idiots doing magic is...
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    Legal nasties: all I have to avoid is infringing trademarks owned by DC and Marvel (or Hollywood studios). Even then, parody is protected free speech in the US market. Pretty much everything else is fine. Yes, I've read "Worm" (dead-ended...
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    Yep. There's a talk Eve doesn't get to give in the final draft in which she lectures Imp on the three P's of direct mentally controlled magic: Precision, Power, and Perception. Perception: it's no good being able to burn holes...
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    I'm going to be slow responding to questions here for a while because there seems to be a major ongoing broadband failure with British Telecom, affecting the whole of London and knocking me offline here in Edinburgh (and I know...
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    I dead-ended halfway through; ought to go back to it some time, but it felt highly repetitive at that point. (Could have done with a bit of shortening.)...
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    It is available on Kindle. (Along with "Missile Gap", which won the 2007 Locus award for best novella, "Overtime", which was a Hugo nominee in some other year, and a bunch of other stories.)...
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    I take it you haven't read "Palimpsest", then? Won the 2010 Hugo award for best novella, deals with exactly this sort of thing, can't think who might have written it ......
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    See also Forecasting Ops and their not-so-stable existential status. If you side-eye them from the right perspective, well ... the rise of England (then the UK) from a relatively poor peripheral European mess (1000AD) to a troubled but gradually...
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    The magic thing: Two phenomena are at work. One of them is a push/pull between authorities' desire for total control (which requires tightly locking down non-authority access to magic: thaumaturgic gun control in other words) and the subsequent generations' loss...
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    I said what wait now? No, not that contradictory. Let me retcon this: some of the congregation get fed from slowly and used as muscle, a few are stable and end up as the inner congregation: and the majority deteriorate,...
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    Ah, I see you stubbed your toe on my sense of humour. Next you'll be telling me that Grace Jones never starred in a Luc Besson space opera :)...
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    Greg: that was in "The Concrete Jungle", the second story in "The Atrocity Archives". It's been baked into the setting since 2002!...
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    This becomes clear in the first two chapters of "In His House". To explain how at this point would be a huuuuuuge spoiler. (It's the same reason that the Eve-as-dutiful-daughter we see in the flashbacks gets turned into the corporate...
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    There are a couple of other continuity errors in the series -- usually across material written > 10 years apart. (When "Bones and Nightmares" is baked, the Laundryverse will contain 12 novels and about 75,000 words of short fiction, for...
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    Yes. (But I wanted to avoid the keywords "R'lyeh" and "Cthulhu" because (a) way to give the game away, and (b) do not give your books titles which can easily be mis-heard or mis-spelled unless you enjoy lost sales.)...
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    Eve's mother hasn't had communion with the tongue-eating thing, she's very much a member of the outer congregation. Hence the gradual brain rot. A not-entirely-buried theme of this trilogy (it may turn out to be a longer series) is how...
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    All of the above. (Heh.) It was picked for resonance value, and for being a unique search term on Amazon and Google. My original title for the book was "Lost Boys". Which fits with the Peter Pan references, and was...
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