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Charles Stross

Overview
Charles David George "Charlie" Stross (born 18 October 1964) is a British
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

 writer of science fiction
Science fiction
Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginary but more or less plausible content such as future settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, aliens, and paranormal abilities...

, Lovecraftian horror
Lovecraftian horror
Lovecraftian horror is a sub-genre of horror fiction which emphasizes the cosmic horror of the unknown over gore or other elements of shock, though these may still be present. It is named after American author H. P...

 and fantasy
Fantasy
Fantasy is a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. Many works within the genre take place in imaginary worlds where magic is common...

. He was born in Leeds
Leeds
Leeds is a city and metropolitan borough in West Yorkshire, England. In 2001 Leeds' main urban subdivision had a population of 443,247, while the entire city has a population of 798,800 , making it the 30th-most populous city in the European Union.Leeds is the cultural, financial and commercial...

.

Stross specialises in hard science fiction
Hard science fiction
Hard science fiction is a category of science fiction characterized by an emphasis on scientific or technical detail, or on scientific accuracy, or on both. The term was first used in print in 1957 by P. Schuyler Miller in a review of John W. Campbell, Jr.'s Islands of Space in Astounding Science...

 and space opera
Space opera
Space opera is a subgenre of science fiction that emphasizes romantic, often melodramatic adventure, set mainly or entirely in outer space, generally involving conflict between opponents possessing advanced technologies and abilities. The term has no relation to music and it is analogous to "soap...

. His contemporaries include Alastair Reynolds
Alastair Reynolds
Alastair Preston Reynolds is a British science fiction author. He specialises in dark hard science fiction and space opera. He spent his early years in Cornwall, moved back to Wales before going to Newcastle, where he read physics and astronomy. Afterwards, he earned a PhD from St Andrews, Scotland...

, Ken MacLeod
Ken MacLeod
Ken MacLeod , is a Scottish science fiction writer.MacLeod was born in Stornoway. He graduated from Glasgow University with a degree in zoology and has worked as a computer programmer and written a masters thesis on biomechanics....

, Liz Williams
Liz Williams
Dr Liz Williams is a British science fiction writer. The Ghost Sister, her first novel, was published in 2001. Both this novel and her next, Empire of Bones were nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award. She is also the author of the Inspector Chen series.Williams is the daughter of a stage...

, Neal Asher
Neal Asher
Neal Asher is an English science fiction writer. Both his parents are educators and science fiction fans. Although he began writing Science Fiction and Fantasy in secondary school, Asher did not turn seriously to writing till he was 25...

 and Richard Morgan.

Between 1994 and 2004, he was also an active writer for the magazine Computer Shopper
Computer Shopper
Computer Shopper could refer to the following publications:* Computer Shopper - a home computer magazine published in the United Kingdom* Computer Shopper - a home computer magazine published in the United States...

 and was responsible for the monthly Linux
Linux
Linux is a Unix-like computer operating system assembled under the model of free and open source software development and distribution. The defining component of any Linux system is the Linux kernel, an operating system kernel first released October 5, 1991 by Linus Torvalds...

 column. Due to time constraints, he eventually had to stop writing for Computer Shopper so that he could devote more time to his novel-related works.
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Encyclopedia
Charles David George "Charlie" Stross (born 18 October 1964) is a British
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

 writer of science fiction
Science fiction
Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginary but more or less plausible content such as future settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, aliens, and paranormal abilities...

, Lovecraftian horror
Lovecraftian horror
Lovecraftian horror is a sub-genre of horror fiction which emphasizes the cosmic horror of the unknown over gore or other elements of shock, though these may still be present. It is named after American author H. P...

 and fantasy
Fantasy
Fantasy is a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. Many works within the genre take place in imaginary worlds where magic is common...

. He was born in Leeds
Leeds
Leeds is a city and metropolitan borough in West Yorkshire, England. In 2001 Leeds' main urban subdivision had a population of 443,247, while the entire city has a population of 798,800 , making it the 30th-most populous city in the European Union.Leeds is the cultural, financial and commercial...

.

Stross specialises in hard science fiction
Hard science fiction
Hard science fiction is a category of science fiction characterized by an emphasis on scientific or technical detail, or on scientific accuracy, or on both. The term was first used in print in 1957 by P. Schuyler Miller in a review of John W. Campbell, Jr.'s Islands of Space in Astounding Science...

 and space opera
Space opera
Space opera is a subgenre of science fiction that emphasizes romantic, often melodramatic adventure, set mainly or entirely in outer space, generally involving conflict between opponents possessing advanced technologies and abilities. The term has no relation to music and it is analogous to "soap...

. His contemporaries include Alastair Reynolds
Alastair Reynolds
Alastair Preston Reynolds is a British science fiction author. He specialises in dark hard science fiction and space opera. He spent his early years in Cornwall, moved back to Wales before going to Newcastle, where he read physics and astronomy. Afterwards, he earned a PhD from St Andrews, Scotland...

, Ken MacLeod
Ken MacLeod
Ken MacLeod , is a Scottish science fiction writer.MacLeod was born in Stornoway. He graduated from Glasgow University with a degree in zoology and has worked as a computer programmer and written a masters thesis on biomechanics....

, Liz Williams
Liz Williams
Dr Liz Williams is a British science fiction writer. The Ghost Sister, her first novel, was published in 2001. Both this novel and her next, Empire of Bones were nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award. She is also the author of the Inspector Chen series.Williams is the daughter of a stage...

, Neal Asher
Neal Asher
Neal Asher is an English science fiction writer. Both his parents are educators and science fiction fans. Although he began writing Science Fiction and Fantasy in secondary school, Asher did not turn seriously to writing till he was 25...

 and Richard Morgan.

Between 1994 and 2004, he was also an active writer for the magazine Computer Shopper
Computer Shopper
Computer Shopper could refer to the following publications:* Computer Shopper - a home computer magazine published in the United Kingdom* Computer Shopper - a home computer magazine published in the United States...

 and was responsible for the monthly Linux
Linux
Linux is a Unix-like computer operating system assembled under the model of free and open source software development and distribution. The defining component of any Linux system is the Linux kernel, an operating system kernel first released October 5, 1991 by Linus Torvalds...

 column. Due to time constraints, he eventually had to stop writing for Computer Shopper so that he could devote more time to his novel-related works. As a consequence, he published all his articles on the Internet.

Biography


In the 1970s and 1980s, Stross published some role-playing game
Role-playing game
A role-playing game is a game in which players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting. Players take responsibility for acting out these roles within a narrative, either through literal acting, or through a process of structured decision-making or character development...

 articles about Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in the White Dwarf
White Dwarf (magazine)
White Dwarf is a magazine published by British games manufacturer Games Workshop. Initially covering a wide variety of fantasy and science-fiction role-playing and board games, particularly the role playing games Dungeons & Dragons, RuneQuest and Traveller...

 magazine. Some of his creatures, such as the death knight, githyanki
Githyanki
The githyanki are a fictional humanoid race in the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. They are cousins to the githzerai. In the Dark Sun setting, they are simply called gith...

 (borrowed from George R. R. Martin
George R. R. Martin
George Raymond Richard Martin , sometimes referred to as GRRM, is an American author and screenwriter of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. He is best known for A Song of Ice and Fire, his bestselling series of epic fantasy novels that HBO adapted for their dramatic pay-cable series Game of...

's book, Dying of the Light
Dying of the Light
Dying of the Light is a 1977 science fiction novel by George R. R. Martin, his first. Martin's original title for the novel was "After the Festival" but was later changed before its first hardcover publication.; it was nominated for both the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1978, and the British...

), githzerai
Githzerai
The githzerai are a fictional race of creatures in the roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons.Githzerai are extraplanar humanoid creatures that reside on the Plane of Limbo.-Publication history:...

, and slaad
Slaad
In the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, slaad are a fictional race of Outsiders that resemble giant humanoid toads of various colors.-Development and licensing:...

 (a chaotic race notable for their rigid caste system) were later published in the Fiend Folio
Fiend Folio
Fiend Folio is the title shared by three products published for successive editions of the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons...

 monster compendium.

His first published short story, "The Boys", appeared in Interzone
Interzone (magazine)
Interzone is an award-winning British fantasy and science fiction magazine. Published since 1982, Interzone is the eighth longest-running science fiction magazine in history and the longest-running British SF magazine...

 in 1987. His first novel, Singularity Sky
Singularity Sky
- External links :* at * * at Worlds Without End...

 was published by Ace Books
Ace Books
Ace Books is the oldest active specialty publisher of science fiction and fantasy books. The company was founded in New York City in 1952 by Aaron A. Wyn, and began as a genre publisher of mysteries and westerns...

 in 2003 and was nominated for the Hugo Award
Hugo Award
The Hugo Awards are given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The award is named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, and was officially named the Science Fiction Achievement Awards...

. A collection of his short stories, Toast: And Other Rusted Futures
Toast: And Other Rusted Futures
Toast: And Other Rusted Futures is an English language collection of science fiction short stories by Charles Stross, published in 2002 by Cosmos Books...

 appeared in 2002. Subsequent short stories have been nominated for the Hugo Award
Hugo Award
The Hugo Awards are given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The award is named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, and was officially named the Science Fiction Achievement Awards...

, Nebula Award
Nebula Award
The Nebula Award is given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America , for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the previous year...

, and other awards. His novella "The Concrete Jungle" won the Hugo award for its category
Hugo Award for Best Novella
The Hugo Awards are given every year by the World Science Fiction Society for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The award is named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, and was once officially...

 in 2005. His novel Accelerando
Accelerando (novel)
Accelerando is a 2005 science fiction novel consisting of a series of interconnected short stories by British author Charles Stross. As well as normal hardback and paperback editions, it was released as a free e-book under the Creative Commons attribution-noncommercial-no derivatives license...

 won the 2006 Locus Award
Locus Award
The Locus Award is a literary award established in 1971 and presented to winners of Locus magazine's annual readers' poll. Currently, the Locus Awards are presented at an annual banquet...

 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
Glasshouse (novel)
Glasshouse is a science fiction novel by British author Charles Stross, first published in 2006. The novel is set in the twenty seventh century aboard a spacecraft adrift in interstellar space. Robin, the protagonist, has recently had his memory erased...

 won the 2007 Prometheus Award
Prometheus Award
The Prometheus Award is an award for libertarian science fiction novels given annually by the Libertarian Futurist Society, which also publishes a quarterly journal Prometheus. L. Neil Smith established the award in 1979, but it was not awarded regularly until the newly founded Libertarian Futurist...

 and was on the final ballot for the Hugo Award in the best novel category. His novella "Missile Gap
Missile Gap
"Missile Gap" is a 2006 English language science fiction novella, originally published in the anthology One Million A.D. by British author Charles Stross. It won the Locus Award for best novella of 2006...

" won the 2007 Locus Award for best novella and most recently he was awarded the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award
Edward E. Smith Memorial Award
The Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction is presented annually by NESFA to some person, who, in the opinion of the membership, has contributed significantly to science fiction, both through work in the field and by exemplifying the personal qualities which made the late "Doc"...

 or Skylark at Boskone
Boskone (convention)
Boskone is an annual science fiction convention run by NESFA in Boston, Massachusetts. In the words of the convention organizers, "Boskone is a regional Science Fiction convention focusing on literature, art, music, and gaming ". It is held over President's Day weekend every February, in the city...

 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
Pharmacy
Pharmacy is the health profession that links the health sciences with the chemical sciences and it is charged with ensuring the safe and effective use of pharmaceutical drugs...

 and Computer Science
Computer science
Computer science or computing science is the study of the theoretical foundations of information and computation and of practical techniques for their implementation and application in computer systems...

.

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
Eastercon
Eastercon is the common name for the British national science fiction convention. From 1948 until the 1960s, the convention was held over the three-day Whitsun bank holiday at the end of May. Since then it has been held over the four-day Easter holiday weekend...

) in March 2008. He was the Author Guest of Honour at the Maryland Regional Science Fiction Convention (Balticon
Balticon
Balticon is the Maryland Regional science fiction convention, sponsored by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society . It has been held annually since 1966...

) in May 2009. He was Author Guest of Honour at Fantasticon
Fantasticon
Fantasticon is the national Danish science fiction convention since 2004. Held at various locations in Copenhagen.-Guests of Honour:2004: 2005: Christopher Priest, William J...

 (Denmark
Denmark
Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. The countries of Denmark and Greenland, as well as the Faroe Islands, constitute the Kingdom of Denmark . It is the southernmost of the Nordic countries, southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany. Denmark...

), August 2009. He is scheduled to be the Guest of Honor of Boskone
Boskone (convention)
Boskone is an annual science fiction convention run by NESFA in Boston, Massachusetts. In the words of the convention organizers, "Boskone is a regional Science Fiction convention focusing on literature, art, music, and gaming ". It is held over President's Day weekend every February, in the city...

 48 in Feb 2011.

Awards


Accelerando
Accelerando (novel)
Accelerando is a 2005 science fiction novel consisting of a series of interconnected short stories by British author Charles Stross. As well as normal hardback and paperback editions, it was released as a free e-book under the Creative Commons attribution-noncommercial-no derivatives license...

 won the 2006 Locus Award
Locus Award
The Locus Award is a literary award established in 1971 and presented to winners of Locus magazine's annual readers' poll. Currently, the Locus Awards are presented at an annual banquet...

 Best Novel. "Missile Gap
Missile Gap
"Missile Gap" is a 2006 English language science fiction novella, originally published in the anthology One Million A.D. by British author Charles Stross. It won the Locus Award for best novella of 2006...

" won the 2007 Locus Award for best novella. "The Concrete Jungle" (contained in The Atrocity Archives
The Atrocity Archives
The Atrocity Archives contains two stories by British author Charles Stross, consisting of the short novel The Atrocity Archive and The Concrete Jungle, which won the 2005 Hugo Award for Best Novella.The stories are Lovecraftian spy thrillers involving a secret history of the 20th century,...

) won the Hugo Award
Hugo Award
The Hugo Awards are given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The award is named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, and was officially named the Science Fiction Achievement Awards...

 for best novella in 2005, and "Palimpsest", included in Wireless, won the same award in 2010. Stross's work has also been nominated for a number of other awards, including the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, Arthur C. Clarke Award
Arthur C. Clarke Award
The Arthur C. Clarke Award is a British award given for the best science fiction novel first published in the United Kingdom during the previous year. The award was established with a grant from Arthur C. Clarke and the first prize was awarded in 1987...

, and the Hugo Award for Best Novel
Hugo Award for Best Novel
The Hugo Awards are given every year by the World Science Fiction Society for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The award is named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, and was once officially...

, as well as the Japanese Seiun Award.

Collections

  • Toast: And Other Rusted Futures
    Toast: And Other Rusted Futures
    Toast: And Other Rusted Futures is an English language collection of science fiction short stories by Charles Stross, published in 2002 by Cosmos Books...

     (2002, ISBN 1-58715-413-7) available online, containing
    • “Antibodies” (Interzone 157, July 2000)
    • “Bear Trap” (Spectrum SF 1, January 2000)
    • “A Colder War” (Spectrum SF 3, August 2000) available online
    • “Toast: A Con Report” (Interzone, August 1998)
    • “Extracts from the Club Diary” (Odyssey 3, 1998)
    • “Ship of Fools” (Interzone 98, June 1995)
    • “Dechlorinating the Moderator” (Interzone 101, 1996)
    • “Yellow Snow” (Interzone 37, July 1990)
    • “Lobsters” (Asimov’s SF Magazine, June 2001); Best Novelette nominee, 2002 Hugo Awards
  • Wireless (2009, ISBN 978-0-441-01719-5), containing
    • “Missile Gap” (One Million A.D., 2005, edited by Gardner Dozois, ISBN 978-0-73946-273-7)
    • “Rogue Farm” (Live Without a Net
      Live Without a Net (book)
      Live Without a Net is a science fiction anthology edited by Lou Anders, published by Roc in 2003. It included works by Stephen Baxter, David Brin, Paul Di Filippo, Mike Resnick & Kay Kenyon, Rudy Rucker, S. M. Stirling, and Michael Swanwick....

      , 2003, edited by Lou Anders, ISBN 978-0451459459)
    • “A Colder War” (Spectrum SF 3, 2000) available online
    • “MAXOS” (Nature, 2005)
    • “Down on the Farm” (Tor.com, 2008) available online
    • “Unwirer” with Cory Doctorow
      Cory Doctorow
      Cory Efram Doctorow is a Canadian-British blogger, journalist, and science fiction author who serves as co-editor of the blog Boing Boing. He is an activist in favour of liberalising copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons organization, using some of their licences for his books...

       (ReVisions, 2004 edited by Julie E. Czerneda and Isaac Szpindel, ISBN 978-0-75640-240-2)
    • “Snowball's Chance” (Nova Scotia: New Scottish Speculative Fiction
      Nova Scotia: New Scottish Speculative Fiction
      Nova Scotia: New Scottish Speculative Fiction is an anthology showcasing Scottish science fiction and fantasy, compiled by Neil Williamson and Andrew J. Wilson...

      , 2005, edited by Neil Williamson and Andrew J. Wilson, ISBN 978-1-84183-086-5)
    • “Trunk and Disorderly” (Asimov's Science Fiction, 2007)
    • “Palimpsest”; Best Novella winner, 2010 Hugo Awards

Short fiction

  • A Colder War
    A Colder War
    "A Colder War" is an English-language, alternate history novelette by Charles Stross written circa 1997.The story fuses the Cold War and the Cthulhu Mythos by exploring the consequences of a follow-up to the expedition in H. P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness...

     (2000, novelette) available online
  • Halo (2002, novelette)
  • Missile Gap
    Missile Gap
    "Missile Gap" is a 2006 English language science fiction novella, originally published in the anthology One Million A.D. by British author Charles Stross. It won the Locus Award for best novella of 2006...

     (2007, ISBN 1-59606-058-1; novella) available online
  • Minutes of the Labour Party Conference 2016 (2007, Glorifying Terrorism
    Glorifying Terrorism
    Glorifying Terrorism is a 2007 science fiction anthology edited by Farah Mendlesohn, which was compiled in direct response to the Terrorism Act 2006...

    , short story)

Stand-alone novels

  • Scratch Monkey (released, 1993; published, 2011) available online
  • Accelerando
    Accelerando (novel)
    Accelerando is a 2005 science fiction novel consisting of a series of interconnected short stories by British author Charles Stross. As well as normal hardback and paperback editions, it was released as a free e-book under the Creative Commons attribution-noncommercial-no derivatives license...

     (2005, ISBN 0-441-01284-1) available online
  • Glasshouse
    Glasshouse (novel)
    Glasshouse is a science fiction novel by British author Charles Stross, first published in 2006. The novel is set in the twenty seventh century aboard a spacecraft adrift in interstellar space. Robin, the protagonist, has recently had his memory erased...

     (2006, ISBN 0-441-01403-8)

Saturn's Children series

  • Saturn's Children
    Saturn's Children (Stross novel)
    Saturn's Children is a 2008 science fiction novel by British author Charles Stross. Stross has said that it is "a space opera and late-period Heinlein tribute"...

     (2008, ISBN 0-441-01594-8)
  • Neptune's Brood (working title, 2013)

Eschaton series

  • Singularity Sky
    Singularity Sky
    - External links :* at * * at Worlds Without End...

     (2003, ISBN 0-441-01072-5)
  • Iron Sunrise
    Iron Sunrise
    Iron Sunrise is a 2004 hard science fiction novel by author Charles Stross, which follows the events in Singularity Sky. The book was nominated for both the Hugo and Locus Awards in 2005....

     (2004, ISBN 1-84149-335-X)

The "Bob Howard — Laundry" series

  • The Atrocity Archives
    The Atrocity Archives
    The Atrocity Archives contains two stories by British author Charles Stross, consisting of the short novel The Atrocity Archive and The Concrete Jungle, which won the 2005 Hugo Award for Best Novella.The stories are Lovecraftian spy thrillers involving a secret history of the 20th century,...

     (2004, ISBN 1-930846-25-8; also contains the extra story The Concrete Jungle, Best Novella winner, 2005 Hugo Awards)
  • The Jennifer Morgue
    The Jennifer Morgue
    The Jennifer Morgue is the second collection of stories by Charles Stross featuring Bob Howard, containing the title novel The Jennifer Morgue, the short story "Pimpf", and an essay titled "The Golden Age of Spying"...

     (2006, ISBN 1-930846-44-4; also contains the extra story Pimpf)
  • Down on the Farm (2008 novelette) available online
  • Overtime (2009 novelette) available online
  • The Fuller Memorandum
    The Fuller Memorandum
    The Fuller Memorandum is the third novel by Charles Stross in his "Laundry" series of Lovecraftian spy thrillers. The previous novels in the series were The Atrocity Archives and The Jennifer Morgue...

     (2010, ISBN 1-84149-770-3)
  • The Apocalypse Codex (2012)


Stross also authorised, but did not author, an official role-playing game
Role-playing game
A role-playing game is a game in which players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting. Players take responsibility for acting out these roles within a narrative, either through literal acting, or through a process of structured decision-making or character development...

, The Laundry (2010, ISBN 1-907204-93-8, Gareth Hanrahan, published by Cubicle 7
Cubicle 7
Cubicle 7 Entertainment is a UK based company primarily concerned with the gaming and media markets.They publish a variety of games based on both original and licensed backgrounds...

) and a number of supplements based on the "Bob Howard — Laundry" series. The system uses an adaptation of the Call of Cthulhu RPG
Call of Cthulhu (role-playing game)
Call of Cthulhu is a horror fiction role-playing game based on H. P. Lovecraft's story of the same name and the associated Cthulhu Mythos.The game, often abbreviated as CoC, is published by Chaosium.-Setting:...

 rules (under licence from Chaosium
Chaosium
Chaosium is one of the longer lived publishers of role-playing games still in existence. Founded by Greg Stafford, its first game was actually a wargame, White Bear and Red Moon, which later mutated into Dragon Pass and its sequel, Nomad Gods...

).

Halting State series

  • Halting State
    Halting State
    Halting State is a novel by Charles Stross, published in the United States on October 2, 2007 and in the UK in January, 2008. Stross has said that it is "a thriller set in the software houses that write multiplayer games". The plot centres around a bank robbery in a virtual world. It features...

     (2007, ISBN 978-0-441-01498-9)
  • Rule 34
    Rule 34 (novel)
    Rule 34 is a near-future science fiction novel by Charles Stross. It is a loose sequel to Halting State, and was released on July 5 and 7th , 2011. The title is a reference to the meme Rule 34 of the Internet, a meme which states that "If it exists, there is porn of it...

     (2011, ISBN 978-0-441-02034-8))
  • The Lambda Functionary (working title- planned for 2014)

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
Sidewise Award for Alternate History
The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History were established in 1995 to recognize the best alternate history stories and novels of the year.The awards take their name from the 1934 short story "Sidewise in Time" by Murray Leinster, in which a strange storm causes portions of Earth to swap places with...

 in 2007.
  • The Family Trade
    The Family Trade
    The Family Trade is the first book of Charles Stross' alternate history, science fiction series The Merchant Princes. It placed fifth in the annual Locus Poll for best fantasy novel as well as winning the Sidewise Award for Alternate History a year later .-Plot introduction:The first novel...

     (2004, ISBN 0-7653-0929-7)
  • The Hidden Family
    The Hidden Family
    The Hidden Family is the second book of Charles Stross' alternate history, science fiction series The Merchant Princes. It completes the story begun in The Family Trade ; the two were originally written as one novel...

     (2005, ISBN 0-7653-1347-2)
  • The Clan Corporate
    The Clan Corporate
    The Clan Corporate is the third book of Charles Stross' alternate history, science fiction series The Merchant Princes. It is the first part of the series' second story.-Plot:...

     (2006, ISBN 0-7653-0930-0)
  • The Merchants' War
    The Merchants' War (2007 novel)
    The Merchants' War is the fourth book in Charlie Stross' alternate history, science fiction series, The Merchant Princes.-References:*"The Merchants' War: Book Three of the Merchant Princes." Publishers Weekly 254.34 : 65-66....

     (2007, ISBN 0-7653-1671-4)
  • The Revolution Business
    The Revolution Business
    The Revolution Business is the fifth book in Charlie Stross' alternate history, science fiction series, The Merchant Princes....

     (2009, ISBN 0-7653-1672-2)
  • The Trade of Queens
    The Trade of Queens
    The Trade of Queens is the sixth and final book in Charlie Stross' alternate history, science fiction series, The Merchant Princes....

     (2010, ISBN 0-7653-1673-0)

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)

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