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Charles Stross

Charles Stross at the Forbidden Planet bookstore, London, in 2009
Born 18 October 1964 (1964-10-18) (age 45)
Leeds, England
Occupation Writer, former Programmer and Pharmacist
Nationality British
Period 1990s-present
Genres Science fiction, fantasy, horror
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Stross and Diane Duane in Dublin

Charles David George "Charlie" Stross (born 18 October 1964) is a writer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. His works range from science fiction and Lovecraftian horror to fantasy. Stross was born in Leeds.

Stross is sometimes regarded as being part of a new generation of British science fiction writers who specialise in hard science fiction and space opera. His contemporaries include Alastair Reynolds, Ken MacLeod, Liz Williams and Richard Morgan.

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Biography

In the 1970s and 1980s, Stross published some role-playing game articles for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in the White Dwarf magazine. Some of his creatures, such as the death knight, githyanki (borrowed from George R. R. Martin's book, Dying of the Light), githzerai, and slaad (a chaotic race notable for their rigid caste system) were later published in the Fiend Folio monster compendium.

His first published short story, "The Boys", appeared in Interzone in 1987. His first novel, Singularity Sky was published by Ace Books in 2003 and was nominated for the Hugo Award. A collection of his short stories, Toast: And Other Rusted Futures appeared in 2002. Subsequent short stories have been nominated for the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, and other awards. His novella "The Concrete Jungle" won the Hugo award for its category in 2005. His novel Accelerando won the 2006 Locus Award for best science fiction novel, was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the year's best science fiction novel, and was on the final ballot for the Hugo Award in the best novel category. Glasshouse won the 2007 Prometheus Award and was on the final ballot for the Hugo Award in the best novel category. His novella "Missile Gap" won the 2007 Locus Award for best novella and most recently he was awarded the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award or Skylark at Boskone 2008.

In addition to working as a writer of fiction he has worked as a technical author, freelance journalist, programmer, and pharmacist at different times. He holds degrees in Pharmacy and Computer Science.

Rogue Farm, an animated film based on his 2003 short story of the same title, debuted in August 2004.

He was one of the Guests of Honour at Orbital 2008 the British National Science Fiction convention (Eastercon) in March 2008. He was the Author Guest of Honour at the Maryland Regional Science Fiction Convention (Balticon) in May 2009.

Awards

Accelerando won the 2006 Locus Award Best Novel[1] "Missile Gap" won the 2007 Locus Award for best novella. "The Concrete Jungle" (contained in The Atrocity Archives) won the Hugo Award for best novella. Stross's work has also been nominated for a number of other awards, including the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, Arthur C. Clarke Award, and the Hugo award for best novel.

Bibliography

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Non-fiction

  • The Web Architect's Handbook (1996, ISBN 0-201-87735-X)

Stand alone works

  • Scratch Monkey (unpublished, 1993)
  • "A Colder War" (2000, novellette)
  • Toast: And Other Rusted Futures (2002, ISBN 1-58715-413-7; short story collection)
  • Accelerando (2005, ISBN 0-441-01284-1)
  • Glasshouse (2006, ISBN 0-441-01403-8[2])
  • "Missile Gap" (2007, ISBN 1-59606-058-1; novella)
  • Saturn's Children (2008, ISBN 0-441-01594-8)
  • Wireless (2009, ISBN 0441017193; short story collection)

Halting State series

  • Halting State (2007, ISBN 978-0-441-01498-9)
  • Rule 34 (forthcoming mid-2011[3])

Eschaton series

The "Bob Howard — Laundry" series

Merchant Princes series

The Merchant Princes is a series in which some humans have an ability to travel between parallel Earths, which have differing levels of technology. This series is science fiction, even though it was originally marketed by the publisher as fantasy.

The first three books were collectively nominated for and won the Sidewise Award for Alternate History in 2007.

Omnibus titles

The Science Fiction Book Club has published omnibus editions that combine two books, without new material.

  • Timelike Diplomacy (2004; combines Singularity Sky and Iron Sunrise)
  • On Her Majesty's Occult Service (2007, combines The Atrocity Archives and The Jennifer Morgue)

References

  1. ^ "2006 Award Winners & Nominees". http://www.worldswithoutend.com/books_year_index.asp?year=2006. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  2. ^ It is set in the same universe as Accelerando
  3. ^ "The Charles Stross FAQ". http://www.antipope.org/charlie/fiction/faq.html. Retrieved 2010-03-02. 
  4. ^ Death March, Charles Stross writing on Tor.com, 22 April 2009
  5. ^ Books FAQ on Charles Stross's website

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Charles David George "Charlie" Stross (born Leeds, 1964-10-18) is a writer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. His works range from science fiction and Lovecraftian horror to fantasy.

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  • Annette's communiqué is anodyne; a giggling confession off camera (shower-curtain rain in the background) that the famous Manfred Macx is in Paris for a weekend of clubbing, drugging, and general hell-raising. Oh, and he's promised to invent three new paradigm shifts before breakfast every day, starting with a way to bring about the creation of Really Existing Communism by building a state central planning apparatus that interfaces perfectly with external market systems and somehow manages to algorithmically outperform the Monte Carlo free-for-all of market economics, solving the calculation problem. Just because he can, because hacking economics is fun, and he wants to hear the screams from the Chicago School.
  • Welcome to the early twenty-first century, human. It's night in Milton Keynes, sunrise in Hong Kong. Moore's Law rolls inexorably on, dragging humanity toward the uncertain future. The planets of the solar system have a combined mass of approximately 2 x 1027 kilograms. Around the world, laboring women produce forty-five thousand babies a day, representing 1023 MIPS of processing power. Also around the world, fab lines casually churn out thirty million microprocessors a day, representing 1023 MIPS. In another ten months, most of the MIPS being added to the solar system will be machine-hosted for the first time. About ten years after that, the solar system's installed processing power will nudge the critical 1 MIPS per gram threshold — one million instructions per second per gram of matter. After that, singularity — a vanishing point beyond which extrapolating progress becomes meaningless. The time remaining before the intelligence spike is down to single-digit years ...
  • I am the Eschaton. I am not your God.
    I am descended from you, and exist in your future.
    Thou shalt not violate causality within my historic light cone. Or else.
  • But information isn't free. It can't be. I mean, some things — if anyone could read anything they wanted, they might read things that would tend to deprave and corrupt them, wouldn't they? People might give exactly the same consideration to blasphemous pornography that they pay to the Bible! They could plot against the state, or each other, without the police being able to listen in and stop them!

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