Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    Tom: that's nothing. For real auditory mutilation you need something like this....
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    How close are we to having this technology? I think we could probably demo it tomorrow, if a studio wanted it. The real problem I can see is the cognitive disjunction between the behaviour/dialog of the actors whose faces/bodies the...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    Incidentally, I have no problem whatsoever with the existence of fanfic based on my work (as long as the authorship of it is not attributed to me, and it doesn't interfere with my ability to earn a living). Fanfic is...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    Note: Inkterra, the wholesaler, have pulled all their titles from Clean Reader. The Guardian has more on the subject (including a quote from this very blog entry)....
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    I suppose the more interesting question is just how much an author's words matter? It all depends on the context. A translation is effectively a collaboration; one author writes an incredibly detailed outline, and another author (the translator) uses this...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    What we're seeing here is a push to treat ebooks as licensed software, not as books. No you're not. That "push" happened 10-20 years ago and it's a done deal -- that's how 98% of ebooks are sold. Whether this...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    Then it is no longer so simple. But it depends on the terms of the lease agreement, Thank you for playing. The publishers are ahead of you: if you read the small print in the Kindle or Nook or iBooks...
  • Commented on Cheap ebook!
    This is a one-shot promotion, to get new readers interested in the series in the run-up to the release of book six. (Which will initially be a hardcover -- with ebook priced to match -- before repeating as a paperback,...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    It would seem that the only way to prevent e-readers from doing this would be with DRM. Clean Reader AIUI sources books and sells them with DRM applied. There is no escape: DRM is orthogonal to the issue....
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    Nope, opposed to that, too. I use homophobic and racist terms of abuse in my fiction. Go look for it: it's there. Hint: again, context is everything, and there's a difference between describing something and endorsing it....
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    The problem you've identified is the reason Facebook ads are so much less effective than Google ads. Google can generate ads that fit into the context of whatever the reader is searching for -- i.e. they're relevant to the present...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    No yellow card applies; I made exactly that observation earlier. It's the difference between censorship (by blocking part of the text) and editorial modification (substituting words) which is what is so objectionable about Clean Reader. I can't force people to...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    SFWA is chewing over it. Various literary agents are discussing it. Many editors are horrified. This has not gone unnoticed by the professionals who are affected, and this will (in time) have an effect....
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    BTW, Charlie, why are you opposing Clean Reader, yet supporting Ad-block? Because I don't pay to receive ads on the internet -- they're crammed down my broadband connection without my consent. (Hence AdBlock, although I will note I use the...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    You are familiar with the town of Fucking in Austria, I take it? (They are very annoyed that British tourists keep stealing their street signs.)...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    Yes, exactly: thin end of the wedge. I'm also concerned about what happens when on-device readers start adding content -- such as in-book advertising. Not just visual display ads, which are distracting enough, but active product placement inserted around matching...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    That question is derailing. Do not ask it again prior to comment 100. (You can consider this to be a yellow card. I asked a question!)...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    People don't complain about swear words being "bleeped" on the TV, and I doubt* the creators are up in arms about it either. Yellow card. I asked a question; you are not answering it, but diverting the discussion. (Feel free...
  • Posted An exercise in futility to Charlie's Diary
    A piece of ebook-reader software called Clean Reader has been generating headlines and causing indignation among authors recently: A new app that allows readers to swap swear words in their novels with sanitised versions is facing a backlash from furious...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    (Ducking in) Parenthetically: that's why I refuse to use any points scheme except air miles with a particular airline alliance who -- because the law mandates it -- already have Need To Know for my travel-related inside-leg-measurement details (thank you,...
  • Posted Cheap ebook! to Charlie's Diary
    The US (not UK, alas) ebook edition of "The Atrocity Archives", Laundry Files book 1, is on a special promotion. It's $1.99 for the rest of March! you can find the Amazon.com Kindle edition here, or the Barnes and Noble...
  • Commented on Update
    The Russian army, of course, still has a hard-on for flame throwers, although the 21st century variety is a terrifying upgrade over the old backpack-portable (or even tank-mounted) kind....
  • Posted Update to Charlie's Diary
    I've been quiet due to (a) recovering from delivering the hopefully-final draft of "Dark State" (the first book in the "Empire Games" trilogy, due from Tor next April), (b) visiting relatives, (c) having a nasty head-cold, and (d) having the...
  • Commented on Cover Reveal
    Point of note: ANNIHILATION SCORE is the Laundry superhero crossover novel....
  • Commented on Briefly
    Oh, I'll be getting one. Shorter version: ultralightweight travel machine. The iPhone 6+ can do most of the stuff I want an iPad to do, but the iPad isn't quite powerful enough to sub for a real Mac on the...
  • Commented on Terry Pratchett
    I'm pretty sure TCOM and TLF also included an Elric cameo, and a Lovecraftian horror in the Conan tribute. They were both basically wall-to-wall fan service for the classics of genre fantasy (Tolkein and derivatives aside) ... until the series...
  • Commented on Cover Reveal
    The UK and US editions are coming out from different publishers, who target different price-points with their hardcover editions because they're publishing in different markets with different customer expectations of retail prices. Ebook prices are in turn geared to hardcover...
  • Commented on Terry Pratchett
    The stories his friends tell of Terry hiding with them at cons to get some downtime from being on show are quite telling in that regard. This behaviour is actually normal for authors -- any who don't do it are...
  • Commented on Terry Pratchett
    But Pratchett created so many memorable, distinctive characters, which one was he? He was all of them and none of them at the same time. It's funny, but I only ever hear non-writers ask "which of [author X]'s characters is...
  • Commented on Terry Pratchett
    Photographic note: I forgot to say that the picture at top is one of PTerry at Interaction, the 2005 worldcon in Glasgow, having the brain-shaped non-euclidean manifold he keeps hidden under his hat devoured by Fluff the Plush Cthulhu (who...
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