Charles David George Stros Born October 18, 1964 in Leeds, England. Stros said he started writing science fiction when he was 12 years old, role-playing in the 70’s and his 80’s, first publishing articles for his gaming magazines. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1986 and qualified as a Pharmacist in 1987 before enrolling at the University of Bradford (1989-90) and completing his Master of Science in Computer Science. . He worked as a technical his writer and programmer until 2000, when he began writing full-time, initially primarily technical non-fiction. web architect handbook (1996). He gradually shifted his focus to fiction.
Stross’ first professional story sale, The Boys, appeared in 1986 and has been steadily published ever since. His novel The Lobsters (2001) was nominated for Hugo and Nebula Awards and was runner-up at the Sturgeon Awards. His novel “Halo” (2002) was a candidate for Hugo and Sturgeon. “Router” (2002) was shortlisted for his BSFA Award. His novel Nightfall (2003) was Hugo and his BSFA nominees.Received the Hugo Award and novella for his time-travel novel Palimpsest (2009) missile gap Some of his short fiction toast (2002) and wireless (2009).
Stross collaborated with Cory Doctorow on several short stories, notably Jury Service (2002), the sequel Court of Appeals (2004) (later published together as Rapture of the Nerds), and From Alice. flowers, etc. ‘ (2003). Extended novel version of. Otaku Ecstasy It appeared in 2012 and was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Memorial Prize.
His first science fiction novel was a Hugo Award-nominated far-future space opera. sky of singularities (2003), which led to a sequel iron sunrise (2004). His Accelerando series of his sci-fi stories. Asimov’s Novelized from 2001’s “Lobsters” to 2004’s “Elector”, Accelerating (2005), a finalist for the Hugo and John W. Campbell Memorial Prize.
far future sci-fi novel glass house (2006) was a Hugo finalist and won the Prometheus Award.near future sci-fi novel State of standstill (2007) was a finalist for Hugo, followed by a sequel. rule 34 (2011).Space opera and Heinlein homage Saturns Children (2008) Nominated for Hugo and Prometheus Awards, with a sequel neptune chick (2014) Hugo and Campbell Memorial Award finalist. He published his early unpublished science fiction novels. scratch monkey in 2011.
lovecraft spy thriller Brutality Archive (serialized in 2001-02) launched the Laundry series, which appeared in hardcover with the 2004 Hugo Award-winning novella The Concrete Jungle. Here’s the sequel. Jennifer Moog (2006), Better Memorandum (2010), Apocalypse Codex (2012)rhesus chart (2014)extinction score (2015), nightmare stack (2016), delirium briefs (2017), and labyrinth index (2018).New management spin-off dead rise dreaming (2020), amount of nightmares (2022), and skull season Coming soon. He also produced the Hugo Award-nominated “Overtime” (2009), the Hugo Award-winning “Equoid” (2013), Escape from Yokai Land (2022). The Laundry Files was nominated for the 2019 Hugo Award for Best Series.
He wrote the Merchant Princes series (multiverse sci-fi disguised as fantasy) family trade (2004), followed by hidden family (2005), clan corporate (2006), merchant’s war (2007), Revolutionary business (2009), and Queen’s deal (2010). Pedigree feud, traders warWhen revolutionary trade in 2013 and 2014. Empire His game trilogy was later launched in the same world. empire games (2017) and continued dark state (2018) and invisible sun (2021). The series was a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Series of the Year.
Stross lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with his wife, Foalag McBride, who he married in 2003.
Excerpt from the interview:
“Writing the series requires working with my younger self. By the time the next Glasgow Worldcon happens, I will be a little over 60, and it will be difficult for a 60-year-old man to write like a 35-year-old. I think it’s disingenuous, it’s much better to draw a line under it and start something else.
“I talked about a novel I had to finish when I got home. ordinary boy May 2009: This is probably my latest active project! A look at Derek the DM, a side character in The Laundry universe. nightmare stack (Volume 7).It was originally scheduled to be completed before delirium briefs (Volume 8) came out… 2014. It helps fill in a chunk of Landry’s backstory, but the real reason we’re bringing it up now is that, more than a decade later, its central premise (watching 1980’s Satanic D&D Panic) is once again in serious trouble. It is In principle, you can explore Landry’s backstory indefinitely, but you’ll feel disloyal like she’s milking you for money.
“The Laundry Files won options for TV rights several times. Anyway, I think it’s pretty hard to translate what I’ve written into a screenplay, too much introspection and internal character development.
“There were other spin-offs along the way. The Laundry Files spawned a tabletop role-playing game that came out in 2010. Unfortunately, the developers had licensed the Call of Cthulhu rules, so it wasn’t released until 2018. A management change.Think of Disney withdrawing all its movies from Hulu.That sort of thing happens in other media.Eventually, the 2nd edition of I think it’s fair to say that there are role-playing games, but I can’t say more at this point.
“I have other projects I’m thinking about. I actually have a pile of dusty piles of them. My 2009 novel Palimpsest could become a novel at some point.” “Palympsest” was originally structured to be his first third of the book. Explore time in depth, from the beginning of the Great Oxygen Disaster, when Earth’s biolithosphere began oxygenating a billion years before him, to the end of the 2.5 Trillion Star Age. This is several years after the end of star formation. The middle one was supposed to last from the Stelliferas epoch to the end of the black hole epoch, and the last third to the very distant future epoch of the Boltzmann brain. at least. I still chew from time to time.
“Again, a third round of proceedings by the Scottish police was due to take place in the near future. State of standstill When rule 34Unfortunately, when I finally got my head around a plot that worked, COVID-1 destroyed it. This comes to mind a little now. My fictional virus caused an epidemic of encephalitis and a specific long-term brain injury symptom called Cotard’s Delusion. I believe so. They usually present with severe depression and often starve to death. The book rests on the idea of using deep brain stimulation to treat the condition. As long as the brain implant is working, I think you will be alive again. Of course, these implants were leased, and eventually, the company that rented them out went out of business and was taken over by someone like Martin Shkreli, who jacked up the price of rental contracts and sent repo men to keep the implants working. If you miss your payment schedule, use malware to turn them off. It starts with someone walking into a police station complaining that they’ve been murdered, and it escalates from there because it’s a police procedure.
“Unfortunately, reality took the novel by half-track. If I had written it in 2018, I would have made it in time, but by 2020 it was clearly too late.” ” would have been.
“It’s perfectly fine to talk about the pandemic, but recently we were discussing what’s currently popular among agents and editors. Right now, we’re talking about cozy fiction—comfort reading, feeling good about yourself.” Or let’s ignore real-world fears for a while.Lockdown 2020 has made it clear that people want to read this decade in comfort.Cozy like Travis Baldree. good fiction legend and latte is very popular. The D&D setting follows an orc who, tired of adventure, wanders off and opens his coffee shop in a town where coffee has never been heard of. And here’s his surprise hit for 2022. Then there’s Becky Chambers. The piece is completely comforting. And I have to say, I’m scratching my head. Unfortunately, this is one trend I probably can’t embark on.
“Keep in mind that fiction usually exploits the dynamics of conflict to hold the reader’s attention. (I’m using the generic “Man” here because “Person” is tricky. A better pronoun is needed.) Man vs. Self tends to be introspective, but many That’s where the cozy fiction of Man vs. Nature comes in. Man vs. Nature is typically about disaster – a rare example of a positive-thinking version would be that of Kim Stanley Robinson. Ministry of the FutureAnd human-to-human – interpersonal conflict – is generally conflict-oriented. It’s also what I feel I’m best at. I live in the UK and it’s hard to feel optimistic now because the UK is a dumpster fire surrounded by seas of sewage and ruled by maniacs. I find it very difficult to be optimistic about the near future. It wasn’t just because he found himself turned into a grumpy old man as an extra in a medical disaster novel.
“I’ve pretty much given up on reading science fiction for the last few years. I need to start over. There’s stuff out there that I know I should read and get involved in, but it’s too conflicting.” It tends to be overfilled, too subtle, or self-consciously retro, and doesn’t feel the need to keep revisiting the genre’s past.
“Recently, I have noticed a lot of innovation coming from self-published and fanfiction authors. Take the SCP Foundation, for example, they run a wiki of bizarre user-contributed fiction that focuses on a common theme: The SCP Foundation’s motto is “Safe, Contain, Protect” . The premise is that SCPs are mysterious government agencies. x fileYou can definitely contain the phenomenon. The SCP Foundation wiki is a very notable example of collaborative fanfiction. Some of the stuff there is actually very advanced concepts. Especially following her one author (Qntm, no vowels) who wrote him one of the scariest short stories I’ve ever read. “Lena” is structured as the first brain scan image suitable for uploading and emulating his mind in software, and a Wikipedia monograph about what happens to her fifty or so years after it was recorded. It has been. Complete existential horror. Qntm has self-published many books, and if they need to be compared to anyone, it’s Greg Egan’s.
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