Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    after closing out on the writing target. This project won't be done until next year. (I have to take at least two weeks off in December for accounting/a one week vacation break/giving a talk. Then I probably have copy edits...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    So why not spend your billions trying to make sure that SHTF simply doesn't happen at all? Or is that too simple & easy, as well? You are absolutely correct, except that the scale of the SHTF scenarios defy...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I think the sane bug-out plan/insane bug-out plan thing may turn into my next rant on the blog, after I make today's writing target ......
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    The disposable G650 is a waste of time; there are plenty of cheap 20 year old Boeing 777-200ERs out there that have similar range, ten times the capacity, are just as safe once you're out of hostile airspace, and cost...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Yeah, it would be a lot cheaper to fly you out two days early and stick you in a 5 star hotel to get over the jet lag before your presentation. A nice touch would be a bump to premium...
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    The time-share is somewhat less toxic: you buy it by the seat-hour, and when you want to go somewhere they'll make sure there's a bizjet waiting to whisk you away, but there may be other passengers aboard (flying the same...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Yep. (Whimpers quietly in a corner.)...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Yours, if you have a mere $5-50M to splurge on a mode of transport that makes a Bugatti Chiron look cheap. Here's the wiki page on the Gulfstream G650, a lovely piece of luxury kit that can carry -- gasp...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Well fuck right off, madam. May I remind you of the idiots a few years ago who proposed banning kitchen knives because they were statistically a major cause of A&E admissions (accidents, stabbings)? Our medical profession has a really...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    This is really an uplifting piece of news. Sorta the pharma equivalent of 3D printing. Makes perfect sense - and I hope they can get it field tested soon. Don't get your hopes up. This technique is useful for synthesizing...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I am challenged to think of an example of a violent, yet legal, seizure of power. Israel, independence. May 14th, 1948: they had a UN vote in their favour from November 30th 1947, which triggered an internal civil war within...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I'm pretty sure the whole point of Cambridge Analytica was to provide a joint UK/USA capability for overthrowing governments without needing special forces on the ground. Same objective, different methods. The only irony is that it was so far into...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Winston Churchill did that decades ago when he handed the Empire over to FDR. Churchill had no alternative; the British Empire came within a week of bankruptcy in September 1945, there's a reason food rationing lasted until 1952. (We tend...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I didn't trace the thread back to its roots; this topic is getting cumbersome. Elderly Cynic: Yellow card. Do not accuse somebody of lying unless you're prepared to back it up with (a) evidence of falsehood, and (b) evidence that...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    JBS: I disagree. I think you are lying brooks refutation and argument, and is a statement of opinion. You are lying Is an unqualified assertion of fact, not opinion, and is abusive. Are we clear on the difference?...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    To Charlie: 10 000 + words a week for 4 weeks Naah. My all-time peak was in 2014, when I wrote the 110,000 word first draft of "The Annihilation Score" in 18 days, start to finish. (I then keeled over...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Those have got to be some really big fires for the smoke to carry that far, then. I was in Spokane during the wildfires that caused the 2015 worldcon to be renamed "Smokane"; similar opacity, ability to stare at the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    All I can say for now is: a) Invisible Sun won't be out until early 2021 now. (My fourth rewrite got derailed by my mother's death. That book has now killed: its original commissioning editor, my father, and my mother....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I have seen some news go past in the last year or two about special PV coatings for windows -- the idea is to utilize the IR/red end of the spectrum for electricity (albeit at low efficiency) while letting the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Welp, that's a worrying datum. The only difference I can see is that "nuclear winter" scenarios are due to ash/dust being lofted into the stratosphere and brushfires are emphatically not stratospheric. But the particle size is similar, so the wavelength...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Update No blogging currently because I have just emitted 45,000 words of fiction in the past four weeks and I need to type faster or the murder weasels will eat my fingertips...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    unless they felt a small number of strategic events work to prevent starving/terrified Indians from fleeing to China controlled territory Perspective warning! Just as Europeans tend to underestimate the grotesque scale of the United States (and Australia), Americans seem to...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I'm pretty certain there is absolutely no way to predict the outcome of this election. I will be voting either for the Scottish Green Party (of which I am a member) or for the SNP MP in my constituency (who...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I have to assume that this increases the odds of a Boris majority government. Yes, which is clearly why Farage did it (an opinion poll in the Observer yesterday indicated a 4% tilt towards Labour since the election was called—they're...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Ahem: in event of a regional global winter and weather similar to 1816, solar will still work; it'll just be less efficient. There's just as much daylight, remember, but more scattering/absorption in the stratosphere, so it's less intense at ground...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I swear international relations can be summed up as "imagine the playground at an all-boys prep school full of 6-8 year olds on break, hopped up on Sunny D: now arm them all with live hand grenades."...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I have two hopes. Firstly, both Trump (and V. Putin) grew up with the cold war and MAD; it's part of their gut knowledge of this-is-how-the-world-might-end. They were both nearing middle age when it ended. (I was around 25-27.) It's...
  • Commented on Creative writing challenge!
    NB: I would offer up a new blog entry round about now, but I'm too busy on a creative binge, and the murderclowns will eat my fingers if I stop writing....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    The question is, as so often, whether the Chinese should be allowed to do this because they're still a "developing country" or whether the new restrictions should apply to everyone immediately. If they can build nuclear reactors, space stations, high-speed...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Yeah, I guess, building schools, infrastructure and teaching people how to live in modern society can be considered a sort of genocide since they abandon their traditional ways and are forced to adapt to modern living standards, laws and things...
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