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Charles Stross is a British writer of science fiction, Lovecraftian horror and fantasy. As well as copious short fiction and a few standalone novels, Stross is known for several series of novels: the Saturn's Children series of space opera, the hard-SF Eschaton series, the Lovecraftian spy thrillers ...

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Locating Charles Stross quote about the state, non-repudiable identity, and time

What's the location in Charles Stross's works where it says we need a state only for non-repudiable identity, a shared basis for time, and "something I forgot"? Is it somewhere in Glasshouse? I've ...
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Who is this a copy of?

In Charlie Stross' Overtime, Bob Howard finds himself stuck in the office at Christmas, having 'volunteered' as Night Duty Officer. He begins to settle in for a boring couple of nights, when he finds ...
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Why does BLUE HADES tolerate humans?

In Charles Stross's Laundry Files there is a peace treaty between each territorial government with a coast, and the entities covered by the codename BLUE HADES. This comes up in "The Jennifer Morgue" ...
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Accelerando, Stross: Why did the Queen care about that law suit?

In Charles Stross' Accelerando, the Queen of the Ring Imperium has successfully created a sovereign "country" that spans the proximity of Jupiter. Her mom sues her (?!), but she isn't a citizen of ...
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Did Vernor Vinge originate the euphemism “you-gotta-believe-me”?

Charles Stross's latest "Laundry series" novel, The Rhesus Chart, uses the phrase "you-gotta-believe-me" to refer to mind control powers. The first time I came across this was in Vinge's Rainbow's ...
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What does the title of Charlie Stross's “Halting State” refer to?

My wife recently enrolled in an introductory computer science course that introduced her to the halting problem. She also recently read Charles Stross's book "Halting State", and was curious if that ...
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What's the connection between the deep ones and the Cult of the Sleeper in the Pyramid?

Minor Spoilers for Stross' Laundry Series follow ... In The Jennifer Morgue, we are introduced to the Deep Ones, in The Apocalypse Codex they are mentioned multiple times to be somehow connected to ...
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What caused Earth's disaster?

In the novel Saturn's Children, what happened to cause the runaway greenhouse effect that killed all the "pink goo" (humanity) on Earth? Was it something humanity did to ourselves, or was it something ...
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What H.P. Lovecraft stories do Charles Stross's Laundry series reference?

I've recently read a few of Charles Stross's Laundry series of books. These obviously reference Lovecraft in many ways but-- since I've never read any Lovecraft -- I don't know which stories are most ...
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What is the relationship between A Colder War and the Laundry Series?

The novella A Colder War by Charles Stross seems thematically quite similar to his Laundry series (cold war + Cthulhu and Lovecraftian spy thriller, respectively). Are they supposed to belong to the ...
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How Herman could ignore the motive of the ReMastered?

Warning: The following paragraphs contain a large number of spoilers, so stop right now if you don't want to be spoiled. At different points in Charles Stross's Iron Sunrise, Herman explains to ...
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In Singularity Sky, why did Eschaton kidnap majority of the Earth's population?

Was a simple warning not enough? Or was it a demonstration of power?
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Reading Charles Stross Laundry Series out of order

I have just bought the The Fuller Memorandum and realized that it is the 3rd book in a series. Is it OK to read just this one, or should I read the other 2 first?
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Are there any other stories set in Charles Stross Palimpsest universe?

I enjoyed Palimpsest by Charles Stross. It seems to be a one-off novella, I was wondering if any of his other short stories, etc. are set in that universe? Wikipedia was of no help...