Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Apparently, Donald Drumpf has sent emails soliciting campaign donations not just to every British MP, but to MPs from Scotland, Well then, he wasted all but one of the ones in Scotland for sure! Westminster MPs from Scotland are all...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Neither Sweden, Denmark, nor IIRC Poland have joined the Euro .... Which tends to dampen your case a little, I think? Greg, there is a Polish joke: "we're paid in Zlotys but we have to buy everything in Euros". Not...
  • Commented on The Nightmare Stacks: US Launch
    Yup, Orbit still insist on DRM (being part of Little, Brown, which is part of Hachette, who have oddly French views on intellectual property and piracy -- hint: home of HADOPI, etc). Wrt. contracts: Scottish Independence won't happen in less...
  • Commented on The Nightmare Stacks: US Launch
    Haven't gotten round to reading it yet....
  • Commented on Nightmare Stacks competition results ...
    Martin (the one responsible for TURTLE SHELL) -- if you are reading this, please drop me an email with your postal address?...
  • Commented on Gratuitous Self-Promotion: the US West Coast Remix
    We have been there before. Will need to leave by 10:30 because the trams stop running by 11pm and it's a long walk back to our hotel ... and also because of jet lag which will be hitting hard by...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    I missed out the seventh "P": "Plutocratic"....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    I want to know who Farage is taking money from. Le Pen's backers? P2?...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Two options if they wanted to go that route (I'm pretty sure they -- and she -- don't): a) Appoint Ruth Davidson to the House of Lords. b) Dodgy Dave is resigning, so have Ruth stand in his (safe, conservative)...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Ruth is busy angling to become the first Prime Minister of an independent Scotland -- if she doesn't shoot herself in both feet by opposing oor Nicola too hard while she does the heavy lifting. (Complexity: Ruth Davidson is leader...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    I really liked Corbyn, what I read of him. But now I'm reading that he just could not get the media attention well. Corbyn's problem is not getting media attention; it's that the media hate him. The right-wing media think...
  • Commented on The Nightmare Stacks: US Launch
    Following up myself: THE DELIRIUM BRIEF will be published as is usual in the UK by Orbit. And the Audible audio book in the US is on schedule, too. It's just the US paper and ebook publisher that's changing ......
  • Commented on The Nightmare Stacks: US Launch
    Can has cover blurb, maybe? (Next novel is due on $EDITOR's desk in a couple of months. And coincidentally, I have a new US publisher (who I will be announcing a decent interval after the launch of the current book...
  • Commented on The Nightmare Stacks: US Launch
    Those questions, and more, get answered in THE DELIRIUM BRIEF. Which you get to read next July!...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Charlie in your considered opinion, is there any risk this UK mess turn seriously violent? Yes. We've already had an MP assassinated on the streets, and seen a frightening upswing in racist abuse and assaults over the weekend. The bigots...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Doesn't the House of Lords have the power to not approve the act that pushes the "Article 50 Button"? Short answer: No. Long answer: the House of Lords was neutered as an independent political force as a result of...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    the only thing we can say at this stage with any certianty is that this is this decades' major "WTF?" moment. Oh yes. In 1982, if you had predicted in public that by 1992 the USSR would no longer exist,...
  • Commented on The Nightmare Stacks: US Launch
    Had to post that update today because I'm spending tomorrow on an airliner and while it should have in-flight wifi, paying $30 to post a blog update suddenly seems a lot more expensive than it did last Thursday ... I...
  • Posted The Nightmare Stacks: US Launch to Charlie's Diary
    "The Nightmare Stacks" (book 7 of the Laundry Files) comes out tomorrow in the United States. And in a classic example of the universe trying to obsolete my stories before publication, the UK went into total political, diplomatic, and...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    The spoiler thread of TNS won't open until this time next year....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Oh crap. Lizzie's genes are such that she can reasonably expect to live past a hundred, but she's 90 now, and the current mess can't possibly not be a significant cause of stress to her. All we need to make...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Scotland has less than 5.4 m people. If they leave the UK and rejoin the EU, I think its unlikely they would get the same level of subsidies. Their subsidies came in part due to a larger UK contributing more...
  • Commented on Gratuitous Self-Promotion: the US West Coast Remix
    To say Trump is hated is Scotland would be a slight overstatement. Regarded with near-universal contempt, however ......
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Does this mess hold out the hope of a third Halting State novel, perhaps set further in the future? Alas, I currently have five novels on the go/in progress right now, so the publication queue is filled right up through...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Disagree with your conclusion. I think Nicola raising the flag for the Scottish veto is a canny attempt to lever the Conservative government into fast-tracking IndyRef 2, because if she's not part of the UK any more she can't veto...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Point of pedantry: while true that Scotland has not had a Queen Elizabeth before the current monarch, she is still Queen Elizabeth II even in Scotland. True. And in a huge historic irony, it was her choice to style herself...
  • Posted Nightmare Stacks competition results ... to Charlie's Diary
    So, I have some preliminary winners to announce! If you're the author of one of the entries listed below the fold, please drop me an email with your real-world name and a postal address where you can receive a package?...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    "Technically, the Queen can cast a veto. Realistically, she can cast one veto." Does the Crown have that option, in a break-glass-in-case-of-imminent-apocalypse sense? Yes. She might even be allowed to keep it for future re-use, if after the dust settled...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    What's to stop Parliament from rewriting the Scotland Act and others to remove this putative veto? Would require the consent of the Scottish Parliament, which is what this is all about. See "constitutional crisis" above. The Scottish Parliament is a...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Cameron [and his successor] has a majority of fourteen. They won't, though, once the hardcore of Tory Brexit MPs cross the bench and sit with (or as) UKIP. That would make the Conservative party in a minority government and leave...
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