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Charles Stross - Author

About the Author

Charles Stross was born in Leeds, England, in 1964. He has worked as a pharmacist, software engineer and freelance journalist, but now writes full time.

Featured books by Charles Stross

The Nightmare Stacks A Laundry Files Novel

The Nightmare Stacks A Laundry Files Novel

Author: Charles Stross Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/05/2017

Alex Schwartz had a great job and a promising future - until he caught an unfortunate bout of vampirism, and agreed (on pain of death) to join the Laundry, Britain's only counter-occult secret intelligence agency. His first assignment is in Leeds - his old hometown. But the thought of telling his parents he's lost his job, let alone their discovering his 'condition', is causing Alex almost as much anxiety as his new lifestyle of supernatural espionage. His only saving grace is Cassie Brewer, a student from the local Goth Festival who flirts with him despite his fear of sunlight (and girls). But Cassie has secrets of her own - secrets that make Alex's night life seem positively normal ...

Other books by Charles Stross

The Labyrinth Index A Laundry Files Novel

The Labyrinth Index A Laundry Files Novel

Author: Charles Stross Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2018

Britain is under New Management. The disbanding of the Laundry - the British espionage agency that deals with supernatural threats, has culminated in the unthinkable - an elder god in residence in 10 Downing Street. But in true 'the enemy of my enemy' fashion, Mhari Murphy finds herself working with His Excellency Nylarlathotep on foreign policy - there are worse things, it seems, than an elder god in power, and they lie in deepest, darkest America. A thousand-mile-wide storm system has blanketed the midwest, and the president is nowhere to be found - Mhari must lead a task force of disgraced Laundry personnel into the storm front to discover the truth. But working for an elder god is never easy, and as the stakes rise, Mhari will soon question exactly where her loyalties really lie.

Dark State

Dark State

Author: Charles Stross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2018

Dark State is the second book in a thrilling series - set in the same world as Charles Stross' Merchant Princes series. This book follows Empire Games. In the near future, one America is experiencing its first technological revolution - whilst in a parallel world, the United States is a hi-tech police state. But both timelines are poised for conflict. Miriam Burgeson's America is heading for civil war. However, a high profile defection might avert this crisis, if only Miriam and her agents can arrange it in time. And Rita Douglas, rival US spy, arrives during this turmoil. Rita's world is rocked when she realizes Miriam is her birth mother, changing her own mission irrevocably. Then her United States discovers yet another parallel earth, and the remains of an advanced society. Something destroyed that civilization, Rita's people are about to rouse it - and two worlds will face the consequences.

The Delirium Brief A Laundry Files Novel

The Delirium Brief A Laundry Files Novel

Author: Charles Stross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/06/2018

SHORTLISTED FOR THE LOCUS AWARD 2018 Bob Howard's career in the Laundry, the secret British government agency dedicated to protecting the world from the supernatural, has involved brilliant hacking, ancient magic and combat with creatures of pure evil. Now the Laundry's existence has become public, and Bob is being trotted out on TV to answer pointed questions about elven asylum seekers. What neither Bob nor his managers have foreseen is that their organisation has earned the attention of a horror far more terrifying than any demon: a government looking for public services to privatise. There are things in the Laundry's assets that big business would simply love to get its hands on . . . Inch by inch, Bob Howard and his managers are forced to consider the truly unthinkable: a coup against the British government itself.

Dark State

Dark State

Author: Charles Stross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/01/2018

Dark State is the second book in the thrilling Empire Games series - set in the same world as Charles Stross' The Merchant Princes series. In the near future, the collision of two nuclear superpowers - in two different timelines - is imminent. One America is experiencing its first technological revolution, whilst a parallel United States is a hi-tech police state. But both are poised to wreak destruction. In Miriam Burgeson's America, internal politics are pulling the government apart. But if one of her agents secures a high-profile defection, civil war may be averted. Rita Douglas, rival US spy, arrives during this crisis. Her world is rocked when she realizes Miriam is her mother, who gave her up for adoption as a baby. But what impact will this have on the conflict? Then the US discovers another timeline, and the remains of an advanced society. Something annihilated that civilization - and Rita's people are about to rouse it.

Dark State

Dark State

Author: Charles Stross Format: eBook Release Date: 11/01/2018

Dark State is the second book in the thrilling Empire Games series - set in the same world as Charles Stross' The Merchant Princes series.In the near future, one America is experiencing its first technological revolution - whilst in a parallel world, the United States is a hi-tech police state. But both timelines are poised for conflict. Miriam Burgeson's America is heading for civil war. However, a high profile defection might avert this crisis, if only Miriam and her agents can arrange it in time. And Rita Douglas, rival US spy, arrives during this turmoil. Rita's world is rocked when she realizes Miriam is her birth mother, changing her own mission irrevocably. Then her United States discovers yet another parallel earth, and the remains of an advanced society. Something destroyed that civilization, Rita's people are about to rouse it - and two worlds will face the consequences.

Empire Games

Empire Games

Author: Charles Stross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2017

Empire Games is the first book in the exciting series set in the same world as Charles Stross' The Merchant Princes series. A time of ambition, treachery and dangerous secrets . . . Rita Douglas is plucked from her dead-end job and trained as a reluctant US spy. All because she has the latent genetic talent to hop between alternate timelines - and infiltrate them. Her United States is waging a high-tech war, targeting assassins who can move between worlds to deliver death on a mass scale, and Rita will be their secret weapon. Miriam Beckstein has her own mission, as a politician in an industrial revolution North America. She must accelerate her world's technology before their paranoid American twin finds them. It would blow them to hell. After all, they've done it before. Each timeline also battles internal conspiracies, as a cold war threatens to turn white hot. But which world is the aggressor - and will Rita have to choose a side?

The Delirium Brief A Laundry Files Novel

The Delirium Brief A Laundry Files Novel

Author: Charles Stross Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/07/2017

SHORTLISTED FOR THE LOCUS AWARD 2018 Bob Howard's career in the Laundry, the secret British government agency dedicated to protecting the world from the supernatural, has involved brilliant hacking, ancient magic and combat with creatures of pure evil. Now the Laundry's existence has become public, and Bob is being trotted out on TV to answer pointed questions about elven asylum seekers. What neither Bob nor his managers have foreseen is that their organisation has earned the attention of a horror far more terrifying than any demon: a government looking for public services to privatise. There are things in the Laundry's assets that big business would simply love to get its hands on . . . Inch by inch, Bob Howard and his managers are forced to consider the truly unthinkable: a coup against the British government itself. 'Brilliantly disturbing and funny at the same time' Ben Aaronovitch Previous titles in this series: THE ATROCITY ARCHIVES THE JENNIFER MORGUE THE FULLER MEMORANDUM THE APOCALYPSE CODEX THE RHESUS CHART THE ANNIHILATION SCORE THE NIGHTMARE STACKS

The Traders' War The Clan Corporate and The Merchants' War

The Traders' War The Clan Corporate and The Merchants' War

Author: Charles Stross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/06/2017

The Traders' War by Charles Stross includes The Clan Corporate and The Merchants' War, the third and fourth instalments in the spellbinding The Merchant Princes series combined into one volume. The journalistic instinct runs deep - and comes with a fatality warning. Miriam was an ambitious business journalist in Boston. Until she was fired - then discovered, to her shock, that her lost family comes from an alternate reality. And although some of them are trying to kill her, she won't stop digging up secrets. Now that she knows she's inherited the family ability to walk between worlds, there's a new culture to explore. Her alternate home seems located around the Middle Ages, making her world-hopping relatives top dogs when it comes to 'importing' guns and other gadgets from modern-day America. Payment flows from their services to US drug rings - after all, world-skipping drug runners make great traffickers. In a land where women are property, she struggles to remain independent. Yet her outsider ways won't be tolerated, and a highly political arranged marriage is being brokered behind her back. If she can stay alive for long enough to protest. The Traders' War is preceded by The Bloodline Feud omnibus, and followed with the final volume, The Revolution Trade.

The Nightmare Stacks A Laundry Files Novel

The Nightmare Stacks A Laundry Files Novel

Author: Charles Stross Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/05/2017

Alex Schwartz had a great job and a promising future - until he caught an unfortunate bout of vampirism, and agreed (on pain of death) to join the Laundry, Britain's only counter-occult secret intelligence agency. His first assignment is in Leeds - his old hometown. But the thought of telling his parents he's lost his job, let alone their discovering his 'condition', is causing Alex almost as much anxiety as his new lifestyle of supernatural espionage. His only saving grace is Cassie Brewer, a student from the local Goth Festival who flirts with him despite his fear of sunlight (and girls). But Cassie has secrets of her own - secrets that make Alex's night life seem positively normal ...

Empire Games

Empire Games

Author: Charles Stross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/01/2017

Empire Games is the first book in the exciting series set in the same world as Charles Stross' The Merchant Princes series. A time of ambition, treachery and dangerous secrets . . . Rita Douglas is plucked from her dead-end job and trained as a reluctant US spy. All because she has the latent genetic talent to hop between alternate timelines - and infiltrate them. Her United States is waging a high-tech war, targeting assassins who can move between worlds to deliver death on a mass scale, and Rita will be their secret weapon. Miriam Beckstein has her own mission, as a politician in an industrial revolution US. She must accelerate her world's technology before their paranoid American twin finds them. It would blow them to hell. After all, they've done it before. Each timeline also battles internal conspiracies, as a cold war threatens to turn white hot. But which world is the aggressor - and will Rita have to choose a side?

The Annihilation Score A Laundry Files novel

The Annihilation Score A Laundry Files novel

Author: Charles Stross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/06/2016

NOBODY DOES IT BETTER . . . Dr Mo O'Brien is an intelligence agent at the top secret government agency known as 'the Laundry'. When occult powers threaten the realm, they'll be there to clean up the mess and deal with the witnesses. But the Laundry is recovering from a devastating attack and when average citizens all over the country start to develop supernatural powers, the police are called in to help. Mo is appointed as official police liaison, but in between dealing with police bureaucracy, superpowered members of the public and disgruntled politicians, Mo discovers to her horror that she can no longer rely on her marriage, nor on the weapon that has been at her side for eight years of undercover work, the possessed violin known as 'Lecter'. If this wasn't bad enough, a mysterious figure known as Dr Freudstein is committing heists and sending increasingly threatening messages to the police. Who is Freudstein and what is he planning?

Trade of Queens

Trade of Queens

Author: Charles Stross Format: eBook Release Date: 29/12/2015

A dissident faction of the Clan, the alternate universe group of families that has traded covertly with our world for a century or more, have carried nuclear devices between the worlds and exploded them in Washington, DC, killing the President of the United States. Now they will exterminate the rest of the Clan and keep Miriam alive only long enough to bear her child, the heir to the throne of their land in the Gruinmarkt world.The worst and deepest secret is now revealed: behind the horrifying plot is a faction of the US government itself, preparing for a political takeover in the aftermath of disaster. There is no safe place for Miriam and her Clan except, perhaps, in the third alternate world, New Britain--which has just had a revolution and a nuclear incident of its own.Charles Stross's Merchant Princes series reaches a spectacular climax in this sixth volume. Praised by Nobel laureate Paul Krugman as "e;great fun,"e; this is state of the art, cutting edge SF grown out of a fantastic premise.

Revolution Business

Revolution Business

Author: Charles Stross Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2015

Things are going badly for the Clan in this new SF novel of the Merchant Princes, the immensely popular series by Charles Stross. Locked in a vicious civil war for control over the kingdom of Niejwein, their army is bottled up inside a fortress under siege in two parallel universes at once. Duke Angbard, the Clan's leader, has been laid low by a stroke: plotters are already conspiring in readiness for the deadly dance to come. Miriam, rescued from a tight spot in New Britain, finds the hopes of the young, progressive faction focused on her. But do they want her as a leader or a figurehead? She soon finds herself thrown into a desperate struggle for power. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to the Clan, researchers working for the US government have achieved a technological breakthrough. The War on Terror is about to go transdimensional.

Merchants' War

Merchants' War

Author: Charles Stross Format: eBook Release Date: 18/08/2015

Miriam Beckstein is a young, hip, business journalist in Boston. She discovered in The Family Trade and The Hidden Family that her family came from an alternate reality, that she was very well-connected, and that her family was too much like the mafia for comfort. She found herself caught in a family trap in The Clan Corporate and betrothed to a brain-damaged prince, and then all hell broke loose.Now, in The Merchants' War, Miriam has escaped to yet another world and remains in hiding from both the Clan and their opponents. There is a nasty shooting war going on in the Gruinmarkt world of the Clan, and we know something that Miriam does not; something that she's really going to hate--if she lives long enough to find out.

Pokoli archivum, Betontehen-akcio

Pokoli archivum, Betontehen-akcio

Author: Charles Stross Format: eBook Release Date: 07/05/2015

Egy, a mienkhez nagyon hasonlo vilagban bonyolult matematikai tezisek es lezerrel rajzolt pentagrammak nyitnak kapukat mas dimenziokba, ahol hihetetlenul intelligens es veszedelmes lenyek laknak. Charles Stross Mosoda-aktak sorozataban a varazsigeket es az alkimiat nem szoritotta hatterbe a tudomany, hanem a racionalitas es az okkult tanok egymast erositve olyan dolgokra kepesek, amelyekrol a hetkoznapi ember inkabb nem akar tudni. A Mosoda nevu brit ugynokseg feladata a titok megorzese es a vilag megvedese a satani, sotet eroktol, de ettol meg olyan, mint barmilyen kormanyhivatal: hazsartos a fonok es sok a papirmunka. Bob Howard affele szamitogepguru, de az ugynokseg alkalmazottjakent nem szamithat arra, hogy szoftvertelepitessel es rendszerfrissitessel uti el az idot a nyugdijazasig. A Pokoli archivum cimu regenyben a nacizmus okkult arnyaival kell megkuzdenie, mig a Betontehen-akcio soran egy muveszi installacio mellett talalt megegett es enyhen radioaktiv tehen okoz komoly fejfajast a foszereploknek. Mert az emberiseg megmentese eleg nyugos feladat, ha a tulorat nem fizetik ki, es a koltsegvetes tullepeset haborus bunokert kijaro megtorlas koveti. Felfokozott jeleneteivel a Pokoli archivum, amely a zsinormertekul szolgalo SF-irodalmi kanon lebilincselo es intellektualisan magaval ragado elbeszelesfolyamai kozul is kiemelkedik, a demonologiai es a fizikai gondolkodasmod elkepeszto tandemje."e; Nick Gevers, Locus 

The Rhesus Chart A Laundry Files novel

The Rhesus Chart A Laundry Files novel

Author: Charles Stross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2015

LONDON CAN DRAIN THE LIFE OUT OF YOU . . . Bob Howard is an intelligence agent working his way through the ranks of the top secret government agency known as 'the Laundry'. When occult powers threaten the realm, they'll be there to clean up the mess - and deal with the witnesses. There's one kind of threat that the Laundry has never come across in its many decades, and that's vampires. Mention them to a seasoned agent and you'll be laughed out of the room. But when a small team of investment bankers at one of Canary Wharf's most distinguished financial institutions discovers an arcane algorithm that leaves them fearing daylight and craving O positive, someone doesn't want the Laundry to know. And Bob gets caught right in the middle.

Clan Corporate

Clan Corporate

Author: Charles Stross Format: eBook Release Date: 17/03/2015

Miriam Beckstein has gotten in touch with her roots and they have nearly strangled her. A young, hip, business journalist in Boston, she discovered (in The Family Trade ) that her family comes from an alternate reality, that she is very well-connected, and that her family is a lot too much like the mafia for comfort. In addition, starting with the fact that women are family property and required to breed more family members with the unique talent to walk between worlds, she has tried to remain an outsider and her own woman. And start a profitable business in a third world she has discovered, outside the family reach (recounted in The Hidden Family). She fell in love with a distant relative but he's dead, killed saving her life. There have been murders, betrayals. Now, however, in The Clan Corporate, she may be overreaching. And if she gets caught, death or a fate worse is around the bend. There is for instance the brain-damaged son of the local king who needs a wife. But they'd never make her do that, would they?

Hidden Family

Hidden Family

Author: Charles Stross Format: eBook Release Date: 17/02/2015

The Merchant Princes is a sweeping new series from the hottest new writer in science fiction!The six families of the Clan rule the kingdom of Gruinmarkt from behind the scenes, a mixture of nobility and criminal conspirators whose power to walk between their world and ours make them rich in both. Braids of family loyalty and intermarriage provide a fragile guarantee of peace, but a recently ended civil war has left the families shaken and suspicious.Miriam, a hip tech journalist form Boston, discovered her alternate-world relatives with explosive results that shook three worlds. Now, as the prodigal Countess Helge Thorold-Hyorth, she finds herself ensnared in schemes and plots centuries in the making. She is surrounded by unlikely allies, lethal contraband, and, most dangerous of all, her family. With her modern American attitudes, she's not sure she can fit in, or if she even wants to, but to stay alive, she really has no choice.To avoid a slippery slope down to an unmarked grave, Miriam must build a power-base of her own. She started applying modern business practices and scientific knowledge to a trade heretofore dominated by medieval mercantilists-with unexpected consequences for three different timelines, including the quasi-Victorian one exploited by the hidden family.Blending the creativity and humor, and the rigor and scope of science-fiction on the grandest scale, Charles Stross has set a new standard for fantasy epics.Charles Stross is one of the big new SF writers of the 21st century, and the saga of The Merchant Princes is his most ambitious work yet.

Family Trade

Family Trade

Author: Charles Stross Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2015

A bold new fantasy, The Merchant Princes is a sweeping series from the hottest new writer in science fiction!Miriam Beckstein is happy in her life. She's a successful reporter for a hi-tech magazine in Boston, making good money doing what she loves. When her researcher brings her iron-clad evidence of a money-laundering scheme, Miriam thinks she's found the story of the year. But when she takes it to her editor, she's fired on the spot and gets a death threat from the criminals she has uncovered.Before the day is over, she's received a locket left by the mother she never knew-the mother who was murdered when she was an infant. Within is a knotwork pattern, which has a hypnotic effect on her. Before she knows it, she's transported herself to a parallel Earth, a world where knights on horseback chase their prey with automatic weapons, and where world-skipping assassins lurk just on the other side of reality - a world where her true family runs things.The six families of the Clan rule the kingdom of Gruinmarkt from behind the scenes, a mixture of nobility and criminal conspirators whose power to walk between the worlds makes them rich in both. Braids of family loyalty and intermarriage provide a fragile guarantee of peace, but a recently-ended civil war has left the families shaken and suspicious.Taken in by her mother's people, she becomes the star of the story of the century-as Cinderella without a fairy godmother. As her mother's heir, Miriam is hailed as the prodigal countess Helge Thorold-Hjorth, and feted and feasted. Caught up in schemes and plots centuries in the making, Miriam is surrounded by unlikely allies, forbidden loves, lethal contraband, and, most dangerous of all, her family. Her unexpected return will supersede the claims of other clan members to her mother's fortune and power, and whoever killed her mother will be happy to see her dead, too.Behind all this lie deeper secrets still, which threaten everyone and everything she has ever known. Patterns of deception and interlocking lies, as intricate as the knotwork between the universes. But Miriam is no one's pawn, and is determined to conquer her new home on her own terms.Blending creativity and humor, and the rigor and scope of a science-fiction writer on the grandest scale, Charles Stross has set a new standard for fantasy epics.

Three Tales from the Laundry Files

Three Tales from the Laundry Files

Author: Charles Stross Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2014

Enjoy two short stories and a novella from the Laundry Files. Originally published on Tor.com, these stories by Charles Stross continue the adventures of the Laundry, a secret division of the British government dedicated to tracking down and containing breaches of reality by occult and otherworldly threats."e;An entertaining mash-up of Lovecraftian mythology and an extremely twisted take on a fantasy trope."e;--Publishers Weekly (on Equoid: A Laundry Novella)At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Neptune's Brood

Neptune's Brood

Author: Charles Stross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2014

Neptune's Brood is a brand new space opera from science fiction legend Charles Stross. Shortlisted for the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel and the Hugo Award for Best Novel. She was looking for her sister. She found Atlantis. Krina Alizond is a metahuman in a universe where the last natural humans became extinct five thousand years ago. When her sister goes missing, she embarks on a daring voyage across the star systems to find her, travelling to her last known location - the mysterious water-world of Shin-Tethys. In a universe with no faster-than-light travel that's a dangerous journey, made all the more perilous by the arrival of an assassin on Krina's tail, by the 'privateers' chasing her sister's life insurance policy and by growing signs that the disappearance is linked to one of the biggest financial scams in the known universe.

Accelerando

Accelerando

Author: Charles Stross Format: eBook Release Date: 12/05/2014

Manfred Macx nem hetkoznapi figura. Reggeli elott hat uj otlete van. Meg egy erekcioja. Bizarr kapcsolatot apol menyasszonyaval, aki keptelen tisztesseges csaladfot faragni a nyughatatlan szabadalomkufarbol. Nyomaban lohol az amerikai adohivatal. Milliokat keres masoknak, de neki nincs egy vasa sem. Egyebkent pedig tozsdere bocsatott hirnevindexe alapjan a legnepszerubb ember a vilagon. Aztan egyszer csak kap egy titokzatos hivast... A szingularitast koveto evtizedekben az emberek ugy vetik le a testuket, mint egy elnyutt zakot. A bolygokat terraformaljak, a Napot energiaforraskent hasznaljak, es mindent elkovetnek, hogy a vilag csupan gigaszi Matrjoska-agyakban letezzen tovabb. Charles Stross humorral fuszerezett regenye a Macx-dinasztia sorsat koveti nyomon ebben a pillanatrol-pillanatra valtozo vilagban, ahol kommunista langusztak dezertalnak az utolso mukodo Windows rendszerbol, ahol szokott kamaszok uralkodova koronazhatjak magukat egy aszteroidan, es ahol a valosagbol is joval tobb van a kelletenel. Es meg valami: a macskak sosem azok, amiknek mutatjak magukat!

Equoid: A Laundry novella

Equoid: A Laundry novella

Author: Charles Stross Format: eBook Release Date: 16/10/2013

The "e;Laundry"e; is Britain's super-secret agency devoted to protecting the realm from the supernatural horrors that menace it. Now Bob Howard, Laundry agent, must travel to the quiet English countryside to deal with an outbreak of one of the worst horrors imaginable. For, as it turns out, unicorns are real. They're also ravenous killers from beyond spacetime...At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Atrocity Archives Book 1 in The Laundry Files

The Atrocity Archives Book 1 in The Laundry Files

Author: Charles Stross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2013

NEVER VOLUNTEER FOR ACTIVE DUTY . . . Bob Howard is a low-level techie working for a super-secret government agency. While his colleagues are out saving the world, Bob's under a desk restoring lost data. His world was dull and safe - but then he went and got Noticed. Now, Bob is up to his neck in spycraft, parallel universes, dimension-hopping terrorists, monstrous elder gods and the end of the world. Only one thing is certain: it will take more than a full system reboot to sort this mess out . . . This is the first novel in the Laundry Files.

The Jennifer Morgue Book 2 in The Laundry Files

The Jennifer Morgue Book 2 in The Laundry Files

Author: Charles Stross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2013

SOME AGENTS HAVE ALL THE FUN. OTHERS SAVE THE WORLD. Bob Howard is an IT expert and occasional field agent for the Laundry, the branch of Her Majesty's Secret Service that deals with occult threats. Dressed (grudgingly) in a tux and sent to the Caribbean, he must infiltrate a millionaire's yacht in order to prevent him from violating a treaty that will bring down the wrath of an ancient underwater race upon humanity's head. Partnered with a gorgeous American agent who's actually a soul-sucking succubus from another dimension, Bob's mission (should he choose to accept it) is to stop the bad guys, avoid getting the girl, and survive - shaken, perhaps, but not stirred.

The Revolution Trade The Merchant Princes Books 5 and 6

The Revolution Trade The Merchant Princes Books 5 and 6

Author: Charles Stross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2013

For one ex-journalist, the nightmare has just begun Miriam Beckstein has said goodbye to her comfort zone. The transition from journalist to captive in an alternative timeline was challenging to say the least. As was discovering her long-lost family, the Clan, were world-skipping assassins. Now civil war rages in her adopted home, she's pregnant with the heir to their throne and a splinter-group want her on their side of a desperate power struggle. But as a leader or figurehead? Meanwhile, unknown to the Clan, the US government is on to them and preparing to exploit this knowledge. But it hadn't foreseen a dissident Clan faction carrying nuclear devices between worlds - with the US President in their sights. The War on Terror is about to go transdimensional. But Mike Fleming, CIA agent, knows the most terrifying secret of all. His government's true intentions.

The Bloodline Feud The Merchant Princes Books 1 and 2

The Bloodline Feud The Merchant Princes Books 1 and 2

Author: Charles Stross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2013

Book Components1x 9781447228981, The Hidden Family, Paperback1x 9781447238140, The Family Trade, PaperbackMiriam knows there's no smoke without fire. And she's about to get burnt...The Family Trade and The Hidden Family - The first two installments of the Merchant Princes series combined in one volume. Miriam Beckstein is a successful reporter for a hi-tech magazine. So when she discovers a huge money-laundering scam, she thinks she's hit the big time. But when she takes it to her editor, she's not only fired, but receives death threats. That's just the beginning. To distract her furious daughter, Miriam's adopted mother unearths mementos from her real mother, murdered when she was an infant. But these reveal a secret that will ultimately throw governments into disarray. For what Miriam thinks is a simple locket has the power to fling her into an alternate timeline. In this less-developed world, knights on horseback wield automatic weapons, and world-skipping assassins lurk on the other side of our reality. Here, her true family runs a criminal empire - and they want her back. But Miriam has other plans.

Tall Tail

Tall Tail

Author: Charles Stross Format: eBook Release Date: 19/09/2012

From the author of Rule 34 and Halting State, a tale of deception, engineering, and the most unlikely rocket propulsion technology imaginable.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Apocalypse Codex Book 4 in The Laundry Files

The Apocalypse Codex Book 4 in The Laundry Files

Author: Charles Stross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/07/2012

Bob Howard used to fix computers for the Laundry - the branch of the British Secret Service that deals with otherworldly threats - but those days are over. He's not only been promoted to active service but actually survived missions against cultists, enemy spies and tentacled horrors from other dimensions. Willingly or not, he's on his way up in this dangerous organisation. When a televangelist with connections to 10 Downing Street seems able to work miracles, the Laundry takes an interest. But an agency that answers to the Prime Minister can't spy on him themselves, and Bob's shadowy superiors come up with a compromise - they hire 'freelancers', with Bob in charge. British citizens who discover the occult are either forcibly recruited by the Laundry or disposed of, and Bob's never heard of freelancers before. Officially they don't exist. Anyone who's big and bad enough to remain independent is going to be hard to handle, and Bob's not too sure that the one-week 'people management' course he was sent on in Milton Keynes is going to be enough . . .

Digital Rapture The Singularity Anthology

Digital Rapture The Singularity Anthology

Author: Charles Stross, Vernor Vinge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/07/2012

Presenting the posthuman future in its wildest science-fictional imaginings and intriguing speculations, this far-reaching anthology of fiction and nonfiction traces the path of the Singularity, an era when advances in technology totally transform human reality. The featured stories and essays travel from the alien far-future of H. G. Wells and the almost-human, near future of Ray Kurzweil to Elizabeth Bear's fusion of woman, machine, God, and shark and Isaac Asimov's evolution of ineffable logic. Daring to peek over the edge of the event horizon as intelligence both figuratively and literally explodes, this collection also includes pieces by Nick Bostrom, Cory Doctorow, Robert Reed, Justina Robson, Charles Stross, Vernor Vinge, and more.

Rule 34

Rule 34

Author: Charles Stross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2012

DI Liz Kavanaugh: You realise policing internet porn is your life and your career went down the pan five years ago. But when a fetishist dies on your watch, the Rule 34 Squad moves from low priority to worryingly high profile. Anwar: As an ex-con, you'd like to think your identity fraud days are over. Especially as you've landed a legit job (through a shady mate). Although now that you're Consul for a shiny new Eastern European Republic, you've no idea what comes next. The Toymaker: Your meds are wearing off and people are stalking you through Edinburgh's undergrowth. But that's OK, because as a distraction, you're project manager of a sophisticated criminal operation. But who's killing off potential recruits? So how do bizarre domestic fatalities, dodgy downloads and a European spamming network fit together? The more DI Kavanaugh learns, the less she wants to find out.

Down on the Farm

Down on the Farm

Author: Charles Stross Format: eBook Release Date: 20/07/2010

In Charles Stross's novel The Atrocity Archive and its sequels, the "e;Laundry"e; is a secret British agency responsible for keeping dark interdimensional entitities from destroying the cosmos and, not incidentally, the human race. The battles with creatures from beyond time are dangerous; however, it's the subsequent bureaucratic paperwork that actually breaks men's souls. Now, in "e;Down on the Farm,"e; Laundry veteran Bob Howard must investigate strange doings at another obscure, moth-eaten government agency-evidently a rest home for Laundry agents whose minds have snapped...Charles Stross is the Hugo-winning author of some of the most acclaimed novels and stories of the last ten years, including Singularity Sky, Accelerando, Halting State, the "e;Merchant Princes"e; series beginning with The Family Trade, and the story collections Toast and Wireless. In 2010, his Laundry story "e;Overtime,"e; published on Tor.com, is a finalist for science fiction's Hugo Award.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Wireless The Essential Charles Stross

Wireless The Essential Charles Stross

Author: Charles Stross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2010

It has been said that the natural state of science fiction is the short story. If that is so, you won't find a better exploration of that state than Charles Stross's new collection. Centred around an original and previously unpublished novella, 'Palimpsest', WIRELESS is a showcase of some of the best short SF of the 21st century. With an introduction from the author and containing hitherto uncollected works such as 'Missile Gap', 'Trunk and Disorderly' and 'Rogue Farm', and some gems previously available only in small press publications, such as 'A Colder War' and 'Antibodies', WIRELESS will illustrate perfectly why award-winning editor and anthologist, Gardner Dozois, once declared: 'Where Charles Stross goes today, the rest of science fiction will follow tomorrow.

The Fuller Memorandum Book 3 in The Laundry Files

The Fuller Memorandum Book 3 in The Laundry Files

Author: Charles Stross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2010

Bob Howard is an IT specialist and field agent for the Laundry, the branch of Her Majesty's secret service that deals with occult threats. Overworked and underpaid, Bob is used to his two jobs overflowing from a strict nine to five and, since his wife Mo has a very similar job description, he understands that work will sometimes follow her home, too. But when 'work' involves zombie assassins and minions of a mad god's cult, he realises things are spinning out of control. When a top-secret dossier goes missing and his boss Angleton is implicated, Bob must contend with suspiciously helpful Russian intelligence operatives and an unscrupulous apocalyptic cult before confronting the decades-old secret that lies at the heart of the Laundry: what is so important about the missing Fuller Memorandum? And why are all the people who know dying . . . ?

Overtime

Overtime

Author: Charles Stross Format: eBook Release Date: 08/06/2010

Introduced to readers in the novels The Atrocity Archive and The Jennifer Morgue, the Laundry is a secret British government agency charged with preventing dark interdimensional entities from destroying the human race. Now, in "e;Overtime,"e; the Laundry is on a skeleton staff for Christmas-leaving one bureaucrat to be all that stands between the world and annihilation by the Thing That Comes Down Chimneys. Written especially for Tor.com's holiday season, Charles Stross's novelette is a finalist for the 2010 Hugo Award. Charles Stross is the Hugo-winning author of some of the most acclaimed novels and stories of the last ten years, including Singularity Sky, Accelerando, Halting State, the "e;Merchant Princes"e; series beginning with The Family Trade, and the story collections Toast and Wireless.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Clan Corporate

The Clan Corporate

Author: Charles Stross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/12/2008

The Clan Corporate by Charles Stross is the third instalment of The Merchant Princes series - an energetic saga of multiple worlds. In The Family Trade and The Hidden Family, Miriam got in touch with her roots. Now those roots have begun to strangle her. A young business journalist from Boston, Miriam discovered that her family comes from a parallel timeline, that she is very well-connected, and that her family is way too much like the Mafia for her comfort. She's tried hard to remain her own woman, even going so far to start a profitable (and legitimate) business in a third timeline she has discovered, outside the family reach. There have been murders and betrayals. Now, however, she may be overreaching - if she gets caught, death or worse is around the bend. For instance, there's the brain-damaged son of the local king who needs a wife . . . But they'd never make her do that, would they?

Halting State

Halting State

Author: Charles Stross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2008

It was called in as a robbery at Hayek Associates, an online game company. So you can imagine Sergeant Sue Smith's mood as she watches the video footage of the heist being carried out by a band of orcs and a dragon, and realises that the robbery from an online game company is actually a robbery from an online game. Just wonderful. Like she has nothing better to do. But online entertainment is big business, and when the bodies of real people start to show up, it's clear that this is anything but a game. For Sue, computer coding expert Jack Reed, and forensic accountant Elaine Barnaby, the walls between the actual and the virtual are about to come crashing down. There is something very dangerous and very real going on at Hayek Associates, and those involved are playing for keeps. No cheats, no back doors, no extra lives - make a wrong call on this one and it's game over.

The Hidden Family

The Hidden Family

Author: Charles Stross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2008

The Hidden Family by Charles Stross is the second instalment of The Merchant Princes series - an energetic saga of parallel worlds. The six families of the Clan rule the kingdom of Gruinmarkt from behind the scenes, a mixture of nobility and criminal conspirators whose power to walk between their world and ours makes them rich in both. Braids of family loyalty and intermarriage provide a fragile guarantee of peace, but a recently ended civil war has left the families shaken and suspicious. Miriam, a hip tech journalist from Boston, discovered her alternate-world relatives with explosive results that shook the worlds. Now, as the prodigal Countess Helge Thorold-Hjorth, she finds herself ensnared in schemes and plots centuries in the making. She is surrounded by unlikely allies, lethal contraband, and, most dangerous of all, her family. With her modern American attitudes, she's not sure she can fit in, or if she even wants to, but to stay alive, she really has no choice . . .

The Clan Corporate The Merchant Princes 3

The Clan Corporate The Merchant Princes 3

Author: Charles Stross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2007

Miriam Beckstein has gotten in touch with her roots and they have nearly strangled her. A young, hip, business journalist in Boston, she discovered (in The Family Trade ) that her family comes from an alternate reality, that she is very well-connected, and that her family is a lot too much like the mafia for comfort. In addition, starting with the fact that women are family property and required to breed more family members with the unique talent to walk between worlds, she has tried to remain an outsider and her own woman. And start a profitable business in a third world she has discovered, outside the family reach (recounted in The Hidden Family ). She fell in love with a distant relative but he's dead, killed saving her life.There have been murders, betrayals. Now, however, in The Clan Corporate , she may be overreaching. And if she gets caught, death or a fate worse is around the bend. There is for instance the brain-damaged son of the local king who needs a wife. But they'd never make her do that, would they?

Glasshouse

Glasshouse

Author: Charles Stross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2007

When Robin wakes up in a clinic with most of his memories missing, it doesn't take him long to discover that someone is trying to kill him. It's the twenty-seventh century, when interstellar travel is by teleport gate and conflicts are fought by network worms that censor refugees' personalities and target historians. The civil war is over and Robin has been demobilized, but someone wants him out of the picture because of something his earlier self knew. On the run from a ruthless pursuer and searching for a place to hide, he volunteers to participate in a unique experimental polity, the Glasshouse. Constructed to simulate a pre-accelerated culture, participants are assigned anonymized identities: it looks like the ideal hiding place for a posthuman on the run. But in this escape-proof environment Robin will undergo an even more radical change, placing him at the mercy of the experimenters, and of his own unbalanced psyche . . .

Accelerando

Accelerando

Author: Charles Stross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2006

His most ambitious novel to date, ACCELERANDO is a multi-generational saga following a brilliant clan of 21st-century posthumans. The year is some time between 2010 and 2015. The recession has ended, but populations are ageing and the rate of tech change is accelerating dizzyingly. Manfred makes his living from spreading ideas around, putting people in touch with one another and leaving a spray of technologies in his wake. He lives at the cutting edge of intelligence amplification technology, but even Manfred can take on too much. And when his pet robot cat picks up some interesting information from the SETI data, his world - and the world of his descendants - is turned on its head.

Iron Sunrise

Iron Sunrise

Author: Charles Stross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2005

When the planet of New Moscow was brutally destroyed, its few survivors launched a counter-attack against the most likely culprit: the neighbouring system of trade rival New Dresden. But New Dresden wasn't responsible, and as the deadly missiles approach their target, Rachel Mansour, agent for the interests of Old Earth, is assigned to find out who was. The one person who does know is a disaffected teenager who calls herself Wednesday Shadowmist. But Wednesday has no idea where she might be hiding this significant information. Time is limited and if Rachel can't resolve this mystery it will mean annihilation of an entire world.

Singularity Sky

Singularity Sky

Author: Charles Stross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2005

In the twenty-first century man created the Eschaton, a sentient artificial intelligence. It pushed Earth through the greatest technological evolution ever known, while warning that time travel is forbidden, and transgressors will be eliminated. Distant descendants of this ultra high-tech Earth live in parochial simplicity on the far-flung worlds of the New Republic. Their way of life is threatened by the arrival of an alien information plague known as the Festival. As forbidden technologies are literally dropped from the sky, suppressed political factions descend into revolutionary turmoil. A battle fleet is sent from Earth to destroy the Festival, but Spaceship engineer Martin Springfield and U.N. diplomat Rachel Mansour have been assigned rather different tasks. Their orders are to diffuse the crisis or to sabotage the New Republic's war-fleet, whatever the cost, before the Eschaton takes hostile action on a galactic scale.

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