The Hidden Family

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The Hidden Family
Author Charles Stross
Cover artist Paul Youll
Country United States
Language English
Series The Merchant Princes
Genre Alternate history, Science fiction novel
Publisher Tor Books
Publication date
June 2005
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages 303 pp
ISBN 0-7653-1347-2
OCLC 57286043
813/.6 22
LC Class PR6119.T79 H53 2005
Preceded by The Family Trade
Followed by The Clan Corporate

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 (2004); the two were originally written as one novel.[citation needed] They are followed by The Clan Corporate (2006), the first part of the second story.


Publishers Weekly in their review said "Stross continues to mix high and low tech in amusing and surprising ways. However, while giving a gritty SF portrait of the marvels of modern market economics and correcting the too pretty portrait of too many medieval fantasy lands, he sometimes overlooks the realities that constrain both. Still, less historically minded readers can lose themselves in Miriam's attempts to survive the Clan's equally dangerous high-stakes business and social games. Stross weaves a tale worthy of Robert Ludlum or Dan Brown."[1] Roland Green reviewing the book for Booklist compared it to the early novels in Roger Zelazny's Amber series.[2]


The Hidden Family was a finalist for the 2006 Prometheus Award[3] and won the 2006 Sidewise Award for Alternate History.[4]


  1. ^ "THE HIDDEN FAMILY: Book Two of Merchant Princes". Publishers Weekly. 252 (17): 43. April 25, 2005. ISSN 0000-0019. 
  2. ^ Green, Roland (June 1, 2005). "The Hidden Family". Booklist. 101 (19/20): 1769. ISSN 0006-7385. 
  3. ^ "Libertarian Futurist Society". Archived from the original on 2008-11-04. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  4. ^ "The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History". Retrieved 2008-11-04. 

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