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The Laundry Files is a series written by Charles Stross.

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What does the "thaumaturgy hazard trefoil" look like?

In the real world we have a nuclear hazard trefoil and a biohazard trefoil. Apparently in Charles Stross' Laundry Files universe there is a thaumaturgy hazard trefoil. Quoting from The Concrete ...
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Identity of Officer Green in Apocalypse Codex

Who was Officer Green in the Apocalypse Codex? It seemed that he and one of the Auditors had a prior relationship.
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What was Persephone Hazard doing at the time of "The Nightmare Stacks"

In The Laundry Files book 7: "The Nightmare Stacks", CASE NIGHTMARE RED occurs. I am trying to recall what Persephone Hazard doing during that time. She occurs in previous and subsequent books, and I ...
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Why did the Laundry allow Lovecraft to publish the truth about Cthulu, etc?

In Stross's Laundry Files world, occult government agencies are serious about suppressing the truth regarding eldritch tentacled horrors from another universe. So why did the USA equivalent of The ...
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Was Bob Howard always intended to be BOFH?

In The Jennifer Morgue, Bob Howard's middle names are revealed to be Oliver and Francis, making his full name Robert "Bob" Oliver Francis Howard. If we take Bob as the first name, his initials become ...
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Where's the New Annex?

In The Laundry Files, while the actual HQ of the Laundry — Dansey House — is perpetually under (re-)construction, the Laundry's temporary HQ is "the New Annex". According to the author, Charles Stross,...
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Where's Dansey House?

In The Laundry Files, the actual HQ of The Laundry is the perpetually under (re-)construction Dansey House. According to the author, Charles Stross, it's located [...] hypothetically, somewhere ...
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What are Bob Howard's academic credentials?

I read all of the Laundry Files books, and I vaguely recall that Bob insists on being called Doctor at some point, implying he has a PhD, probably in Computer Science. Is this ever confirmed in any ...
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What's the deal with the Old Enochian language?

In the Laundry Series by Charles Stross, the Old Enochian language: Is used to command the feeders in the night which animate zombies Residual Human Resources. Is used to "invoke a macro" (set off a ...
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Where does the Kettenkrad engine come from?

In The Atrocity Archives, part of the Laundry Files series by Charles Stross, the protagonist, Bob Howard finds a Kettenkrad on the other end of a portal. Some kind of small vehicle, like a weird ...
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Demons are summoned by doing math

I recall once reading a series of short stories where any sort of calculation would summon demons or perform other magic. The main character was an investigator of some sort, and his boss was (...
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Whose buttocks are these?

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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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 one ...
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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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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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