Charles Stross

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Charles Stross
Charles Stross at EasterCon 2012.jpg
Stross at Eastercon 2012
Born (1964-10-18) 18 October 1964 (age 54)
Leeds, England
Occupation Writer, former programmer and pharmacist
Nationality British
Alma mater University of Bradford[1]
Period 1990s–present
Genre Science fiction, fantasy, horror

Charles David George "Charlie" Stross (born 18 October 1964) is a British writer of science fiction, Lovecraftian horror and fantasy.

Stross specialises in hard science fiction and space opera. Between 1994 and 2004, he was also an active writer for the magazine Computer Shopper and was responsible for the monthly Linux column. Due to time constraints, he eventually stopped writing for Computer Shopper to devote more time to novels. However, he continues to publish freelance articles on the Internet.[2]

Early life and education

Stross was born in Leeds, England. He showed an early interest in writing, and wrote his first science fiction story at age 12. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Pharmacy in 1986 and qualified as a pharmacist in 1987. In 1989 he enrolled at Bradford University for a post-graduate degree in computer science. In 1990 he went to work as a technical author and programmer. In 2000 he began working as a writer full-time, as a technical writer at first, but then became successful as a fiction writer.[3][4]


In the 1970s and 1980s, Stross published some role-playing game articles about Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in the White Dwarf magazine. Some of his creatures, such as the death knight, githyanki (borrowed from George R. R. Martin's book, Dying of the Light), githzerai, and slaad (a chaotic race of frog-like humanoids) were later published in the Fiend Folio monster compendium.[5]

His first published short story, "The Boys", appeared in Interzone in 1987. His first novel, Singularity Sky was published by Ace Books in 2003 and was nominated for the Hugo Award. A collection of his short stories, Toast: And Other Rusted Futures appeared in 2002. Subsequent short stories have been nominated for the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, and other awards. His novella "The Concrete Jungle" won the Hugo award for its category in 2005.[6] His novel Accelerando won the 2006 Locus Award for best science fiction novel, was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the year's best science fiction novel,[7] and was on the final ballot for the Hugo Award in the best novel category.[8] Glasshouse won the 2007 Prometheus Award and was on the final ballot for the Hugo Award in the best novel category; the German translation Glashaus won the 2009 Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis.[9] His novella "Missile Gap" won the 2007 Locus Award for best novella and most recently he was awarded the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award or Skylark at Boskone 2008.

His novel The Atrocity Archives (2004) focused on a British intelligence agency investigating Mythos-like horrors; of the similar ideas in the RPG book Delta Green (1996), Stross commented in an afterword to the book: "All I can say in my defence is... I hadn't heard of Delta Green when I wrote The Atrocity Archive... I'll leave it at that except to say that Delta Green has come dangerously close to making me pick up the dice again."[10]:247

"Rogue Farm," his 2003 short story, was adapted into an animated film by the same name that debuted in August 2004.

He was one of the Guests of Honour at Orbital 2008, the British National Science Fiction convention (Eastercon), in March 2008. He was the Author Guest of Honour at the Maryland Regional Science Fiction Convention (Balticon) in May 2009. He was Author Guest of Honour at Fantasticon (Denmark) in August 2009. He was the Guest of Honor at Boskone 48 in Feb 2011.

Cubicle 7 used their Basic Role-Playing license to create The Laundry (2010), based on the writings of Stross, where agents have to deal with the outer gods and British bureaucracy at the same time.[10]:432

In September 2012, Stross released The Rapture of the Nerds, a novel written in collaboration with Cory Doctorow.[11] The two have also together been involved in the Creative Commons licensing and copyright movement.[12]


Accelerando won the 2006 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.[13] "Missile Gap" won the 2007 Locus Award for best novella.[14] "The Concrete Jungle" (contained in The Atrocity Archives) won the Hugo Award for best novella in 2005;[6] "Palimpsest", included in Wireless, won the same award in 2010,[15] and "Equoid" in 2014.[16] The Apocalypse Codex won the 2013 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel.[17] Stross's work has also been nominated for a number of other awards, including the John W. Campbell Memorial Award,[7] Arthur C. Clarke Award,[18] and the Hugo Award for Best Novel,[6][8][19][20] as well as the Japanese Seiun Award.[14]

Selected bibliography

Merchant Princes series

The Laundry Files


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  2. Stross, Charles. "Linux in Computer Shopper".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Charles Stross: Fast Forward, 2005, retrieved 14 October 2015<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Charles Stross, (accessed 29 May 2013)
  5. "The Kyngdoms Interview". Kyngdoms. 26 May 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "2005 Hugo Awards: Best Novella: The Concrete Jungle; Best Novel Nominee: Iron Sunrise". Official Site of The Hugo Awards.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. 7.0 7.1 "John W. Campbell Memorial Award Finalists". Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction, University of Kansas.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  9. Website for 2009 KLP results (in German)
  10. 10.0 10.1 Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Cory Doctorow, Charles Stross' Rapture of The Nerds cover art and summary reveal". Retrieved 31 May 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Evens, Arthur (2010). The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction. Wesleyan University Press. p. 727.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "2006 Locus Awards". Retrieved 27 May 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Stross, Charles". Index of Literary Nominees. Locus Publications.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. Locus Publications (5 September 2010). "Locus Online News " 2010 Hugo Awards Winners". Retrieved 5 February 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. "2014 Hugo Award Winners". 17 August 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. "Locus Award Winners". Retrieved 13 Dec 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. "Award Shortlists". Arthur C. Clarke Award. Missing or empty |url= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. "2008 Hugo Award Nominees Best Novel: Halting State". Official Site of The Hugo Awards. March 2003.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. "2009 Hugo Award Nominations: Saturn's Children". Official Site of The Hugo Awards. March 2003.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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