Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    That 'smile' though, that incites an almost incandescent fury. Add that to his words and it can rapidly transmute into a desire to break him. If you haven't read "Transmetropolitan" by Warren Ellis, hie thee too it; it may be...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Speaking of Sun robberies, I heard an apocryphal tale from the late 80s/early 90s about the computer centre at Leeds University. They'd just taken delivery of some eye-wateringly expensive Silicon Graphics kit when their server room was robbed by computer...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    NB: I have the same reaction to Nigel Farage's voice and face on radio/TV that I used to have to Margaret Thatcher, then George W. Bush, and -- later on in his career -- to Tony Blair....
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    Yes, but IIRC Tony was already sitting in the Commons when the Baronetcy landed on his head, and it took an Act of Parliament to let him stay there ......
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    One: How did the authorities finally cotton on to what was going on ... ? They generally didn't: high-tech crime vs. 1980s/1980s police, and once the envelope is in the mail, how do you trace it? Of course, a 10-year-old...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    There was an odd type of office robbery that flourished, circa 1991-1994, during the RAM Famine (caused when the only factory that made a particular type of resin used in DRAM chip carriers caught fire in Taiwain, causing the price...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    I'm pretty sure the current owners would be happy to let you colonize the Gobi desert, as long as you recognize their sovereignty, take out citizenship, and pay your taxes. All of which seem to be anathema to the (American)...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    If I tried to call book 7 "The Nightmare Canon" I would spend the next decade fending off smug email from readers crowing about the typo they'd spotted in the title. Because that seems to be what a certain minority...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Actually, "The Nightmare Arsenal" will do very nicely for book 7. If I can sneak it past the editors. ($EDITOR has no problem with nightmares, only with nightmares in the context of stacks in the broader context of trying to...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    You'd be astonished how badly wrong American writers can get the UK. Never mind the execrable "Patriot Games" by Tom Clancey, it only gets worse -- much, much worse. (I gave up on spotting errors in the above-mentioned work of...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    The current situation in the UK looks like an ideal one for the elites -- we've got low inflation, low unemployment, but all the other characteristics of deflation. What I think is happening is that we have deliberately engineered stagnation,...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    The person in question is a very, very senior editor who is undoubtedly intimately familiar with thee concept of library stacks. Nevertheless: marketing. It's all about reaching out beyond my core readership and hopefully hitting the bestseller lists. (Which you...
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    Someone update the wikipedia page on scrum, then ......
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    I would like to know more about the ecology and sociology of the alien realms, and the motivations of the entities that inhabit them. You're going to get a healthy dose of that in book 7 (working title is "The...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Both utterly unsuitable: as cover for your secret agency office complex you want something that is unexceptional and boring, where plenty of office workers can be expected but nobody's going to turn heads. Victoria's Secret has precisely seven stores in...
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    Now, that is an entirely different question, and has been answered in the affirmative by Webscription's eArc program. (Which I gather is quite a little money-earner on the side, but -- because of the way the bestseller charts are collated...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    With eBooks, there's really no good reason for this discrepancy to still be the case. There is one reason: cost. For me, as author, to make a single thorough pass over a novel, looking for and fixing errata, and check...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    The queen was in her 60s back then; the heir was male: previous monarchs since Victoria had all shuffled off this mortal coil in their 50s to early 70s. So her weird longevity (and that of her mother) wasn't well-established....
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    So you're *definitely* transitioning the Laundry from urban fantasy to municipal fantasy, then? The series-scale story arc calls for it. Just as CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN is progressive (rumblings in book 1, visible as a storm on the horizon in book...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Let us recall that Turkey has a really bad record of genocide directed at ethnic minorities, and a poisonous nationalist ideology that is inherently hostile towards Kurdish self-determination. I mean, if you think the history of the British in Ireland...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Don't worry, "Gideon" is an expert: he went to St Paul's school then to Oxford where he studied modern history (and social drinking, in the Bullingdon Club). So of course he knows all about economics. He had a few part-time...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    ADMINISTRATIVE NOTE The server move went fine and comments are switched back on. (I switched them off prior to the physical relocation so I could shut down MySQL manually, to protect database integrity. As prep for the move itself, the...
  • Commented on IMPENDING OUTAGE
    If oyu can read this, comments are back on....
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Umm, seems to me that AQ isn't much of a threat today AQ is a franchise operation; folks operating under their banner fork, change names and members, and pop up in different places. Lest we forget, Da'esh (aka ISIS, but...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    I suspect it's power will wane once real wages start to rise again. Ahem: I suspect it's power will wane IF real wages are allowed to rise again. (The current ruling neoliberal austeritarian elite view rising wages as sinful, because...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Chasing the real world ends at the climax of book 6, where [REDACTED] causes global news headlines. The events of book 7 only up the ante, until by book 8 I can open with Bob being interviewed on Newsnight (in...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    I'll see what I can do....
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    "You have to get older, but you don't have to grow up." You and me both. Oh, and the nicest thing anyone said to me at the pub on Saturday? When introduced by a friend, and told which birthday...
  • Posted The Curse of Laundry to Charlie's Diary
    There's some kind of bizarre curse hanging over my Laundry Files series. Or maybe it's a deeper underlying problem with writing fiction set in the very near future (or past): I'm not sure which. All I'm sure is that that...
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    You know, I'm not going to carp at Elon Musk's desire to colonize Mars; he seems to have a much sharper grasp of the size of the problem than most space cadets, and more importantly he's [metaphorically] building a military-industrial...
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