Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    is this you being cheeky around the fact a large number of the cast has slowly been becoming both less than human ... or is this a blunt, lots of folks are going to die, protagonists among them, hard stop?...
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    how comprehensible is your work likely to be to someone who doesn't know the Disney version of Peter Pan as well as not knowing the original? Quite comprehensible, they'd just miss some of the deeper references....
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    Live action (or photorealistic CGI). And there's far too much shooting and bleeding for it to be made by Disney. Not to mention the torture scenes, before we get to the gruesome body horror in "In His House"....
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    This is not a spoiler because it won’t mean anything until you’ve read “Dead Lies Dreaming”: but the central protagonist of the trilogy is Eve, and “In His House” kicks off with Eve, a week after the climax of DLD,...
  • Posted All Glory to the New Management! to Charlie's Diary
    Today is September 27th, 2020. On October 27th, Dead Lies Dreaming will be published in the USA and Canada: the British edition drops on October 29th. (Yes, there will be audio editions too, via the usual outlets.) This book...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    This is the thing I can't get my head round. Elections in the UK use Mk1 pencil cross in box paper ballots, counted by Mk1 human beings. A British ballot has a single sheet of paper with a list of...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    The supposition was "no-guns" so the hundred or so cannons on board Victory disappear just as the triremes come over the horizon, oars flashing as they manoeuvre to ram. That doesn't obviate the cannonballs on the gundeck ready racks next...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Hydrogen is, alas, very low energy density storage per unit volume, even in liquid form (which is a very low temperature cryogen, embrittles metals, leaks through just about anything, and is inflammable). I'd be a lot more optimistic if it...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    TLDR of Heteromeles: "Trump is a coward". This is true. He's not only a narcissist with a side-order of psychopathy, he's a physical and moral coward. He recoils from taking any actions that might put him in harm's way --...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Wet cobblestones that have been worn slick are fun. Even just walking. That's most of central Edinburgh, where I live. Oh, you can add that it's built on an extinct volcanic plug, too, so it's kinda steep in places. Absolutely...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Without meaning to be rude, you seem to be implying that when women write about what historical women did they're using other sources for their historical facts. Do you mean that women who are studying antiquity are more likely to...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    I'm assuming a typo. Depo-Provera or Depo shot? "Depot injection" is the term of art, circa the 1980s, for a pharmaceutical injected either as an implant for very long-term sustained release -- either because it's a solid that dissolves slowly,...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    They were getting push back as most medical people thought this was an experiment they don't want to bite them in the butt 20 years down the road. I haven't been following the issue, but AIUI the daily contraceptive pill...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    I am not surprised that I have not met that as a dystopian apocalypse in fiction. Bacteria causing plastics to decay faster. Let's see: there's the original "Doomwatch" episode, "Mutant 59", later turned into a novel Mutant 59: the plastic-eaters...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Ther British lost the FIRST Slaveowners Treasonous Rebellion, because the slaveowners were supplied & aided by royalist France ... Just as North Vietnam was aided by the USSR. The analogy is perfect: have a lolipop! What the Ho Chi Minh...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    You can, but that's probably three sheep per tire, so you'd run out of sheep rather fast. Not really: the sheep intestines are an industrial by-product of animal husbandry for other purposes. Not as critical a bottleneck as, say, wool...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    So far as bicycle infantry goes, my understanding of its advantages are: You missed a logistics bottleneck with horses: during WW1, apparently 20-25% of all cross-Channel transport capacity -- that's one of the busiest waterways on the planet, just 22...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    British paratroops in WWII had a folding petrol-powered mini-motorbike, the Welbike available for certain missions as well as SOE use. There's also the classic French Vespa 150 TAP anti-tank scooter -- dismount to fire the 75mm recoilless rifle, of course,...
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    Bigger question: what if the Romans got the stirrup? Stirrups were potentially bronze-age technology but didn't show up for a long time and made a huge difference to the viability of heavy cavalry....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    I won't be surprised if they're the mechanized infantry of the late 21st Century, to be honest. Especially -- assuming manufacturing supports it -- e-bikes. If modern electric motors, control circuitry, and batteries are available[*] there's no reason for a...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    By 1890 vulcanized rubber was available, and therefore the crap seal problem would be reduced. But by 1890 mass production of brass cartridges with smokeless powder ammo and bolt-action rifles meant that airguns would be drastically outranged on the conventional...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    You misunderstand: I was proposing to use a steam engine to fill the air bottles for Girandoni rifles, rather than a crank-based system that took eight soldiers manning the pump half an hour to fill sixteen or so bottles. The...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    I'm going to argue that the problem with the Girandoni gun was that it came along a couple of decades too soon. The air cannisters were refilled using a stirrup pump or a gang of soldiers on a horse-drawn cart...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    CJ Cherryh posted an interesting article today on FB regarding a sail-powered auto carrier in prototype from Sweden. Get back to me when there's news of a next-generation car/truck ferry designed for transporting EVs, that they plug into: either to...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    I did not know that. So how did they get the rainbow candy coating w/sugar frosting? I'm not sure -- but quite possibly by the same process which turned the Peter Pan of "Peter and Wendy" -- a creepy sociopathic...
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    Remember the "unicorns are bloodthirsty creatures of horror" was the original mediaeval version of the legend? Back before the 19th century cutesified them. (Hence the lion and the unicorn on the UK coat of arms.)...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    But he can't afford to seriously piss off a majority of the House of Commons. Bear in mind the 80-or-so UKIPers in his parliamentary party exceeds the threshold for the number of Tory MPs who can write a nastygram to...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    To me, the most interesting aspect of the cannonball run endurance road race is the electric option. Which is a lot slower than the gas-powered one, but still ridiculous: 45 hours and 10 minutes, with an added constraint of not...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Taking the oil revenue with them, of course The oil revenue peaked several years ago; IIRC Scotland now earns more by exporting electricity from renewables than gas or oil. Also, Shetland and Orkney have about as much claim to those...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Yes, I'm aware of Eisenhower's expeditions: they're where the Interstate highway system ultimately comes from. I will note that he could have done it a lot faster by rail, even in 1919, but that's not exactly the point. (WW1 and...
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