Online Fiction by Charles Stross

If you're looking for an overview of my books, you want to read the FAQ.

There are a number of works of fiction online on my website: notably the full text of my first short story collection, TOAST, the novel Accelerando, a trunk novel, Scratch Monkey, and my collaboration with Cory Doctorow, The Rapture of the Nerds.

What follows is, inasmuch as I can construct one, a bibliography of my short fiction sales. In some cases (where I'm not too embarrassed by work I published twenty or more years ago) there may also be links to the stories in question.

A Tall Tale

Short story, published on

Bit Rot

Short story (set in the same universe as "Saturn's Children") forthcoming in the anthology "Engineering Infinity", ed. Jonathan Strahan.


Another Laundry novelette, published on, December 2009. Shortlisted for Hugo award, 2010.


Novella, exclusive to my "Wireless" collection, July 2009. Shortlisted for Hugo award, 2010.

Down on the Farm

Laundry novelette, published on, 2008.

Trunk and Disorderly

Novella, published in Asimov's SF, January 2007.

Minutes of the Labour Party Conference, 2016

Short-short, published in the anthology, "Glorifying Terrorism", late 2006.

Missile Gap

Novella, published in "One Million Years AD", ed. Gardner Dozois, January 2006. (To be republished in a limited edition hardcover by Subterranean Press in 2007.) Collected in "Wireless".


Short-short published in Nature's "Futures" slot, September 2005.

Snowball's Chance

Short story published in "Nova Scotia", the new anthology of Scottish SF, August 2005.


Short spin-off from "The Jennifer Morgue" (sequel to "The Atrocity Archives"); published in issue #1 of Baen's Universe magazine. Republished in "The Jennifer Morgue".

Appeals Court

Collaboration with Cory Doctorow; sequel to "Jury Service", published back-to-back with "Jury Service" in a chapbook bundled with issue #2 of Argosy Magazine as "The Rapture of the Nerds" in early 2004.


Ninth and last in the series beginning with "Lobsters". (Published in December 2004 issue of Asimov's SF.) These stories have effectively been reworked into the novel "Accelerando".


Eighth in the series beginning with "Lobsters".


Collaboration with Cory Doctorow, published in ReVisions, an alternate science fiction history anthology from DAW books, edited by Isaac Szpindel and Julie Czerneda.


Seventh in the series beginning with "Lobsters" (published in Asimov's SF, Dec 2003 issue)

The Concrete Jungle(No longer online)

Novella, sequel to the short novel "The Atrocity Archive", published together with it in "The Atrocity Archives", April 2004.

Flowers from Al

(Co-written with Cory Doctorow) -- published in "New Faces in Science Fiction", ed. Mike Resnick.

Jury Service

(Co-written with Cory Doctorow) -- novella, online at


Sixth in the series beginning with "Lobsters" (published in Asimov's SF in the April 2003 issue). Shortlisted for the 2004 BSFA award. Shortlisted for the 2004 Hugo award for best novelette.

Rogue Farm

Published in "Live without a Net" (edited by Lou Anders, published by Roc.) A short film adaptation also exists.


Fifth in the series beginning with "Lobsters", published in Asimov's SF in the September 2002 issue. Shortlisted for the 2002 BSFA award.


Fourth in the series beginning with "Lobsters", published in Asimov's SF, in the June 2002 issue. Shortlisted for the 2002 Hugo award and the Sturgeon award.


Third in the series beginning with "Lobsters" and "Troubadour"; published in Asimov's SF in the February 2002 issue.


Sequel to "Lobsters"; published in the October/November 2001 issue of Asimov's SF.


Published in Asimov's SF Magazine, June 2001. Re-published in Ikarie (Czech SF magazine), republished in Year's Best SF #19 (ed. Gardner Dozois), the 2003 Nebula Awards anthology, and elsewhere ... Shortlisted in the novelette category in both the 2002 Hugo and Nebula awards; runner-up for the 2002 Sturgeon award.

Big Brother Iron

Novella, available only in the Toast collection.

A Colder War

Published in Spectrum SF #3, Summer 2000; republished in "The Year's Best Science Fiction #18" (ed. Gardner Dozois, 2001).


Published in Interzone #157; republished in "The Year's Best Science Fiction #18" (ed. Gardner Dozois). Mentioned in Locus' "Recommended Reading List" for 2000.
Shortlisted for the 2001 Theodore Sturgeon Award.

Bear Trap

Published in Spectrum SF issue #1 (January 2000). Mentioned in Locus' "Recommended Reading List" for 2000.

Toast: A Con Report

Published Interzone, August 1998; reprinted in "The best of the rest #2" 1999, and "Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future" (ed. Gardner Dozois, 2001).

Extracts from the Club Diary

Published in Odyssey (1998).

A Boy and His God

Published in Odyssey 3 (1998).

Dechlorinating the Moderator

Published in Interzone 101 (1996).

Tarkovsky's Cut

Collaboration with Simon Ings, published in New Worlds #3 (1991)

Ship of Fools
Published in Interzone 98 (June 1995).

Examination Night

Published in Villains, ed. Mary Gentle (Penguin 1992, UK).

Yellow Snow

First published in Interzone 37 (July 1990).

The Boys

Published in Interzone 21, in 1987: first professional sale.

SEAQ and Destroy

Published in There Won't Be War, in 1992. (Written in 1988, hence anachronisms.)

The Midlist Bombers

Published in issue 4 of Farpoint; magazine folded at issue 5, in 1991.

Generation Gap

Published in Interzone, issue thirty-something.

Ancient of Days

Published in volume 1 of a series of shared universe anthologies edited by Roz Kaveney (The Weerde, 1991).

Red, Hot and Dark

Sequel to Ancient of Days. From The Weerde #2.

Something Sweet

From New Worlds #1: collaboration with Simon Ings.



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