Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Posted Beer, Berlin, Sunday 23rd to Charlie's Diary
    I'm in Berlin! (Combination of vacation and research trip.) And I'll be in Brauhaus Südstern (Hasenheide 69, 10967 Berlin) on Sunday evening from about 7pm. I gather they have good beer, and food. Conversation too, if you're in town and...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    A bit of inflation (as opposed to hyper-inflation) is a good thing, Dirk. It tends to deplete capital accumulations while allowing borrowers to reduce their debt load. Private individuals get out of debt-induced immiseration as long as they're earning, and...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    Japan's recession is really bizarre. They've got a recession, but still very low unemployment compared to everyone else - 3.5%, a rate the US would kill to have right now It's not just because of systematic underemployment among women' Japan...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    Any chance you could write faster? Ahem. Any chance you could work more overtime so you could afford to buy more copies of my books? (Because that's the exact equivalent of what you're asking me for. Yes, I know you...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    Thanks!...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    Okay, stupid detail question: can you remember the dimensions of the pool (length, depth, hopefully width too) and whether it was at or below the ground floor level?...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    Given that Quarry House is a major DSS centre, during the late Thatcher period of the 1980s the ... thing ... on the roof inevitably acquired the nick-name "the claimant zapper"....
  • Commented on Oh dear
    The swimming pool was allegedly part of the gym/health club when QH was specced out to attract civil servants from London. To induce them to go live in the sticks, where they'd be cheaper to pay, the health club was...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    I am considering officially designating "Pimpf" (and a couple of other shorts) as Chibi Laundry, and not part of the core canon. You read it here first :)...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    Hmm. You aren't the only person I know who worked there, but ... What do you know about the (semi-legendary) swimming pool? (Feel free to ping me via email. Actually trying to get access to QH for fiction-writing research purposes...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    Actually, two new Laundry books -- one in July 2015 (written), and one in July 2016 (I'm going to start it when I get home from Berlin, if not interrupted by edits on earlier books). Book 6 is "The Annihilation...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    Maybe he's finally noticing that a) trickle-down-economics doesn't really work You think he didn't know that from the get-go? My, how charming and refreshingly naive!...
  • Posted Oh dear to Charlie's Diary
    The Japanese economy is officially in recession, and David Cameron chose to use his last speech at the G20 summit to warn of the risk of a new global economic crisis. I wonder if he knows something that the rest...
  • Commented on Leading question
    No takers for a resurgence of the state? If the UK existed in a legislative vacuum, I'd say it was a distinct possibility on the 10-20 year time frame. However, the UK is bound by a whole bunch of WTO-mediated...
  • Commented on Leading question
    What's a swarm of nano-drones going to be able to do against a tank with mosquito nets over the hatches? Keep the crew buttoned up and unable to occupy territory effectively. (This goes for APCs carrying infantry as much as...
  • Commented on Leading question
    Also coupled with the fact that to PAY for all this - tax revenue is needed from people in work & having enough to live on & pay tax too ... Why do you think the national deficit has mushroomed...
  • Commented on Leading question
    So far as we can tell, Democracy worked fairly well in the environment in which it was first defined - the Greek City States, with voting populations measured in the low thousands. Who consisted of adult male slave-owning landholding soldiers....
  • Commented on Leading question
    the role of government will likely be "law enforcement" (both creating and enforcing laws to maintain the status quo). This will depend on another source of power - coercion, surveillance, and the management of public sentiment. I am inclined to...
  • Commented on Leading question
    So, is this a leading question because you think the power won't be in British hands? Nope, it's a leading question because I'm casting the runes, in pursuit of a future project, and don't want to apply my own filter...
  • Commented on Leading question
    Not even the harshest Tory government has made a really significant cut in the amount of money spent (directly or indirectly) by government. Of course not. That's not what their backers want. Their backers want them to keep chanting the...
  • Commented on Leading question
    I passed over that comment as too silly to be worth responding to. (Yes, individuals learn more about managing their finances. But unfortunately then they die. There's a new sucker along every minute ...)...
  • Commented on Leading question
    Basically, the ineffective political system of today results in a rise of popular discontent opposed to or manipulated by Deep State factions, ensuring that nothing gets done that isn't blessed by unelected cardinals officing at Vauxhall Cross or Thames House....
  • Commented on Leading question
    The Civil Service isn't going to change in a hurry, regardless of what the nob in front does. If you think that, you haven't been paying attention lately. Put it another way: unless there's a radical change in direction after...
  • Commented on Leading question
    phuzz: So, 2034, population 72M, skewing older. Corollaries: 1) More 1-person households (more single elderly folks, smaller families) and more households full stop mean increasing pressure on the housing market. 2) Older population means more pressure on the social security...
  • Commented on Leading question
    Bad answer. Yellow card. Doesn't contribute to the ongoing discussion....
  • Commented on Leading question
    To set the ball rolling: I don't care what the parties are. This isn't a question about who will be running the House of Commons after the next but one election; it's about whether there will be a House of...
  • Posted Leading question to Charlie's Diary
    This is an open question primarily for British readers. (If you're American and a non-expert on British political/constitutional affairs, I reserve the right to delete your comments in the interest of keeping the signal to noise ratio high on this...
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    If your rude word applies to the Rev. Ian Paisley, you should know that he died on September 12th. So as long as you make it clear you're not talking about the other Rev. Ian Paisley (his son, who is...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    You know, when a bunch of men turn up at a railway station with machetes and start randomly hacking commuters to death for the crime of belonging to the wrong ethnic group, I'm willing to bite the bullet and call...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    What mechanism will deliver your genetic enhancements for life extension and/or improved health? Speaking hypothetically, it looks to me as if there's a fair body of research indicating that "old age" is a bunch of cumulative degenerative processes that aren't...
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