Charles Stross at Eastercon 2012
18 October 1964 |
|Occupation||Writer, former programmer and pharmacist|
|Alma mater||University of Bradford|
|Genres||Science fiction, fantasy, horror|
Between 1994 and 2004, he was also an active writer for the magazine Computer Shopper and was responsible for the monthly Linux column. Due to time constraints, he eventually had to stop writing for Computer Shopper so that he could devote more time to his novels. Subsequently, he published all his articles on the Internet.
- 1 Early life and education
- 2 Career
- 3 Awards
- 4 Bibliography
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Early life and education
Stross was born in Leeds, England. He has worked as a technical author, a freelance journalist, a programmer and a pharmacist at different times. He holds degrees in Pharmacy and Computer Science.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Stross published some role-playing game articles about 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; the German translation Glashaus won the 2009 Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis. 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.
His novel The Atrocity Archives (2004) focused on a British intelligence agency investigating Mythos-like horrors; of the similar ideas in the RPG book Delta Green (1996), Stross commented in an afterword to the book: "All I can say in my defence is... I hadn't heard of Delta Green when I wrote The Atrocity Archive... I'll leave it at that except to say that Delta Green has come dangerously close to making me pick up the dice again.":247
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. He was Author Guest of Honour at Fantasticon (Denmark) in August 2009. He was the Guest of Honor at Boskone 48 in Feb 2011.
Cubicle 7 used their Basic Role-Playing license to create The Laundry (2010), based on the writings of Stross, where agents have to deal with the outer gods and British bureaucracy at the same time.:432
Accelerando won the 2006 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. "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 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, and the Hugo Award for Best Novel, as well as the Japanese Seiun Award.
- Scratch Monkey (released, 1993; published, 2011) available online
- Accelerando (2005, ISBN 0-441-01284-1) available online
- Glasshouse (2006, ISBN 0-441-01403-8)
- Palimpsest (2011 novella)
- The Rapture of the Nerds (2012, collaboration with Cory Doctorow)
Stross has announced that he is very unlikely to write a third book in this series.
The Laundry Files
A series of science fiction spy thrillers about Bob Howard (a pseudonym taken for security purposes), a one-time I.T. consultant, now field agent working for British government agency "the Laundry", which deals with occult threats. Influenced by Lovecraft's visions of the future, and set in a world where a computer and the right mathematical equations is just as useful a tool-set for calling up horrors from other dimensions as a spell-book and a pentagram on the floor.
- The Atrocity Archives (2004, ISBN 1-930846-25-8; also contains the extra story The Concrete Jungle, Best Novella winner, 2005 Hugo Awards)
- The Jennifer Morgue (2006, ISBN 1-930846-45-2; also contains the extra story Pimpf)
- Down on the Farm (2008 novelette) available online
- Overtime (2009 novelette) available online
- The Fuller Memorandum (2010, ISBN 1-84149-770-3)
- The Apocalypse Codex (2012)
- Equoid (2013 novelette - Takes place before the events of The Fuller Memorandum) available online
- The Rhesus Chart, (2014, ISBN 978-0-425256-86-2)
- The Armageddon Score (working title, probably July 2015)
- The Nightmare Stacks (working title, probably 2016)
Stross also authorised, but did not author, an official role-playing game, The Laundry (2010, ISBN 1-907204-93-8, Gareth Hanrahan, published by Cubicle 7) and a number of supplements based on the "Bob Howard – Laundry" series. The system uses an adaptation of the Call of Cthulhu RPG rules (under licence from Chaosium).
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. It was originally intended to be a trilogy, but at the end the writing of the first novel, the publisher requested that it be split for shorter length, and this length carried over to the other novels. The first three books were collectively nominated for and won the Sidewise Award for Alternate History in 2007.
- The Family Trade (2004, ISBN 0-7653-0929-7)
- The Hidden Family (2005, ISBN 0-7653-1347-2)
- The Clan Corporate (2006, ISBN 0-7653-0930-0)
- The Merchants' War (2007, ISBN 0-7653-1671-4)
- The Revolution Business (2009, ISBN 0-7653-1672-2)
- The Trade of Queens (2010, ISBN 0-7653-1673-0)
The six books were later re-edited back into the originally intended form as three longer novels. The new books were released in the UK beginning in April 2013, and in DRM-free format in the United States in January, 2014.
- The Bloodline Feud ISBN 978-1447237617
- The Traders' War ISBN 978-1447237624
- The Revolution Trade ISBN 978-1447237648
In January 2013 Tor announced a new Merchant Princes trilogy.
Halting State series
Science-fiction/crime novels set 'fifteen minutes in the future' which concentrate on life in the early 21st century, and how innovations in policing, surveillance, economics, computer games, the internet, memes and other inventions may change our lives in the future. The series was originally planned to be a trilogy but Stross claimed his current plot idea were mooted by the Snowden revelations and he was no longer planning a third book.
- Halting State (2007, ISBN 978-0-441-01498-9)
- Rule 34 (2011, ISBN 978-0-441-02034-8)
- The Lambda Functionary (working title- planned for 2014)(cancelled on Dec 9 2013 )
Saturn's Children series
Stross's space opera series, featuring the android society that develops after the extinction of humanity.
- Saturn's Children (2008, ISBN 0-441-01594-8)
- Bit Rot (Online short story)
- Neptune's Brood (2013, ISBN 0-425-25677-4)
The Science Fiction Book Club has published omnibus editions in the US 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)
- Toast: And Other Rusted Futures (2002, ISBN 1-58715-413-7) available online, containing
- “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
- “Antibodies” (Interzone 157, July 2000)
- “Bear Trap” (Spectrum SF 1, January 2000)
- “A Colder War” (Spectrum SF 3, August 2000) available online
- Wireless: The Essential Charles Stross (2009, ISBN 978-0-441-01719-5), containing
- “Rogue Farm” (Live Without a Net, 2003, edited by Lou Anders, ISBN 978-0-451-45945-9)
- “Unwirer” with Cory Doctorow (ReVisions, 2004 edited by Julie E. Czerneda and Isaac Szpindel, ISBN 978-0-7564-0240-2)
- “MAXOS” (Stross, Charles; Haafkens, Caroline; Mohammed, Wasiu (25 August 2005). "MAXO signals". Nature 436 (7504): 1206. doi:10.1038/4361206a.)
- “Missile Gap” (One Million A.D., 2005, edited by Gardner Dozois, ISBN 978-0-7394-6273-7)
- “Snowball's Chance” (Nova Scotia: New Scottish Speculative Fiction, 2005, edited by Neil Williamson and Andrew J. Wilson, ISBN 978-1-84183-086-5)
- “Trunk and Disorderly” (Asimov's Science Fiction, 2007)
- “Down on the Farm” (Tor.com, 2008) available online
- “Palimpsest”; Best Novella winner, 2010 Hugo Awards
- Halo (2002, novelette)
- Missile Gap (2007, ISBN 1-59606-058-1; novella) available online
- Minutes of the Labour Party Conference 2016 (2007, short story in the Glorifying Terrorism anthology)
- The Web Architect's Handbook (1996, ISBN 0-201-87735-X)
- "How I got here in the end - my non-writing careers". Antipope.org. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
- Stross, Charles. "Linux in Computer Shopper".
- Charles Stross, Tor.com (accessed May 29, 2013)
- "The Kyngdoms Interview". Kyngdoms. May 26, 2010. Retrieved May 26, 2010.
- Website for 2009 KLP results (in German)
- Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7.
- Upcoming4.me. "Cory Doctorow, Charles Stross' Rapture of The Nerds cover art and summary reveal". Upcoming4.me. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
- "2006 Locus Awards". Retrieved 2010-05-27.
- Locus Publications (2010-09-05). "Locus Online News » 2010 Hugo Awards Winners". Locusmag.com. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
- Stross, Charles. "A press release, or something similar". Retrieved 2010-12-17.
- "2005 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
- Stross, Charles (2014-05-19). "The myth of heroism". Charlie's Diary: Being the blog of Charles Stross, author, and occasional guests. Retrieved 2014-05-26.
- Stross, Charles (2014-07-01). "Rhesus Chart: blood dripping fresh ...". Charlie's Diary: Being the blog of Charles Stross, author, and occasional guests. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
- Stross, Charles (2014-07-03). "Spoiler Thread". Charlie's Diary: Being the blog of Charles Stross, author, and occasional guests. Retrieved 2014-07-03.
- Stross, Charles (2010-12-12). "A message from our sponsors". Charlie's Diary: Being the blog of Charles Stross, author, and occasional guests. Retrieved 2011-06-13.
- UK Roleplayers (2010-03-10). "Charles Stross’ "The Laundry Files" RPG Announced". Retrieved 2011-06-13.
- Cubicle 7. "The Laundry – Cubicle 7 Entertainment Web Store". Retrieved 2011-06-13.
- "Commercial announcement - Charlie's Diary". Antipope.org. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
- Stross, Charles (2012-09-10). "Announcement: Merchant Princes relaunch in the UK". Retrieved 2012-09-12.
- tor.com (2013-01-28). "New Trilogy from Charles Stross Coming Soon!". Retrieved 2013-11-07.
- Stross, Charles. "PSA: Why there won't be a third book in the Halting State trilogy". Retrieved 9 December 2013.
- "The Charles Stross FAQ". Retrieved 2010-03-02.
- Upcoming4.me. "Charles Stross – Neptune's Brood cover art reveal". Upcoming4.me. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
- "2002 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. 2002-09-02. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
- "2010 Hugo Award Winners". The Hugo Awards. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
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