Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    I haven't seen the show, but sleeping on your feet with a rope to hold you upright is the origin of the phrase "on the ropes". So the trauma lingers in folk memory long after the specifics are forgotten....
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    Niemoller, you will note, never mentioned the gays, the roma, or the disabled. In fact his list is entirely political except for the Jews, who were such a prominent target they were impossible to leave out....
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    There's your REAL anti-Semitism, and I don't know if American Jews are sufficiently prepared for the inevitable betrayal. There are more Christian zionists in the USA right now than there are actual Jews, zionist or otherwise. As for zionism --...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    The main reason the U.S. supports Israel so strongly is because AIPAC Yes, but why was AIPAC allowed to secure that death-grip on state policy? Compare with, for example, the Irish Republican lobby in Boston during the Troubles in NI,...
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    Suez, Panama, yeah. (Also Hawaii because: trans-Pacific trade.) And maybe Chile/Argentina and South Africa because of the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn, but neither of those are quite as important as it's possible to detour around them. But...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    And ... if you think the Israeli government does what the U.S. government tells them to do, you've got another think coming. It's a bit more complex than that. I tend to think these days that the relationship between Israel...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Greg: You simply cannot at any price, miss one, or leave any behind, to start it up again, in a more shielded location. Wrong. You don't even need to kill them; just make sure they know that they could be...
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    How no pissed-off heads of state have so far ordered their military to whack the board of directors of NSO Group in retaliation is beyond my ken. Even if NSO's customers include most of the developed world intelligence services, they...
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    Well, yes: but they didn't all go to the USA; my paternal grandfather's family fetched up in Yorkshire and Lancashire instead. (It made a lot more sense to them as they weren't penniless refugees but moderately successful wool merchants, which...
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    That meaning of the ace of spades may well be US-only. (I certainly haven't run across it before ...)...
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    Greg: what appears to be happening with the English/Welsh Greens is that they're in the process of ejecting a couple of noisy GC/TERF types. After the model of the Scottish Green party, which kicked them out, re-asserted that human rights...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Memory palace taken over by ants There's something not-dissimilar in Bruce Sterling's brilliant 1990s SF novel Holy Fire, which depicts the world of a post-plagues 22nd century ruled by a medical gerontocracy. Memory palaces after a fashion have become ubiquitous...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Book titles can't be copyrighted. Most likely the film rights to your friend's book were sold because someone thought they could film it -- but they ended up filming something else and slapping the title on it. (See also "Blade...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Do not talk to me about IP lawsuits. (The delay in "Escape from Puroland" is entirely down to the need to take emergency action to head one off before it has a chance to happen.)...
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    I'm more interested in how Rupert Bigge knew where to look and who set up the auction... At risk of spoilers: wait for book 3....
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    Is it revealed how the book got hidden where it is & who hid it there? Can't remember, but if it's not revealed in DLD then it's a trilogy-level spoiler for the untitled third book....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    I think you give Starmer and the PLP far too much credit for playing n-dimensional chess when, in fact, they're clueless in the face of a 100% hostile mass media campaign and have lost contact with their own base. (Since...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    It would be nice to see this subverted a bit too. A bit too late to retcon at this point, unfortunately....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    was a self-described "eco-fascist", amongst other things Emphasis on "fascist". Turns out he was a white supremacist of the blood-and-soil variety. For them, the eco bit is always about ensuring that only the white race owns any land. Hitler's whole...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    How far are you going to dwelve in the depths of paradoxes? How many time has history been rewritten? By whom? These questions get chewed over in book 3, which is the historical Laundryverse novel folks periodically ask me for....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Yes, it's pure coincidence. (There is virtually no James Bond angle here at all, unless "Bad Bond Babe gets to explore Blofeld's Lair (after Bond and Blofeld have both disappeared) and uncovers heinous plan" qualifies.) It's just a side-effect of...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    As becomes clear at the beginning of Quantum of Nightmares, Eve was actually somewhat pissed that she didn't get the opportunity to murder Rupert herself. (Then, as becomes clearer later on, someone or something has been messing with Eve's head,...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Oddly, nobody else (no test readers, no editors, and nobody else who's read the book) has asked that question. Put it down to a missing exchange of text messages and pretend you're waiting for me to retcon it in book...
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    I'm uninterested in collecting reader suggestions for titles. (Plz keep the comments clear for actual Q&A for now.)...
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    There is a time travel subplot in book 3, but no blue police box shaped objects ... As for CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN, it's like anthropogenic climate change. We learn to live with it to some extent, but mitigate the most...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Just the title. But the main pastiche subplot of Quantum of Nightmares is Mary Poppins (again: the P. L. Travers original, not the grotesque Disney abomination)....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming is up!...
  • Posted Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming to Charlie's Diary
    (Crib Sheet essays may contain spoilers for the book in question. Previously I refrained from writing them until the book was published in paperback, typically 12 months after first hardcover release. However, times are a'changing. In the UK, Orbit released...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    I'd go for "reactionary authoritarians". It emphasizes that they're always reactive against change....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    OTOH, REAL Scottish haggis ... McSween's Vegetarian Haggis (which is vegan: it was invented during WW2 as a rationing workaround and proved popular enough it's sold to this day) is totally legal in the US. But try convincing a US...
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