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Charles Stross is an English author who writes science fiction. Though, Stross hates being categorized as a pure science fiction writer because he has dabbled in fantasy and Lovecraftian Horror. His determination to experiment has always made Stross’ books difficult to market.

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Order of Singularity Sky Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Singularity Sky 2003 Description / Buy
2 Iron Sunrise 2004 Description / Buy
3 Accelerando 2005 Description / Buy

Order of The Merchant Princes Series

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1 The Family Trade 2004 Description / Buy
2 The Hidden Family 2005 Description / Buy
3 The Clan Corporate 2006 Description / Buy
4 The Merchants' War 2007 Description / Buy
5 The Revolution Business 2009 Description / Buy
6 The Trade of Queens 2010 Description / Buy

Order of Laundry Files Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Atrocity Archives 2004 Description / Buy
2 The Jennifer Morgue 2006 Description / Buy
3 Pimpf (Short Story) 2006 Description / Buy
4 Down on the Farm (Short Story) 2010 Description / Buy
5 Equoid (Short Story) 2010 Description / Buy
6 Overtime (Short Story) 2010 Description / Buy
7 The Fuller Memorandum 2010 Description / Buy
8 The Apocalypse Codex 2012 Description / Buy
9 The Rhesus Chart 2014 Description / Buy
10 The Annihilation Score 2015 Description / Buy
11 The Nightmare Stacks 2016 Description / Buy
12 The Delirium Brief 2017 Description / Buy
13 The Labyrinth Index 2018 Description / Buy
14 Escape from Yokai Land (Short Story) 2022 Description / Buy
15 Season of Skulls 2023 Description / Buy

Order of The New Management Series

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1 Dead Lies Dreaming 2020 Description / Buy
2 Quantum of Nightmares 2022 Description / Buy

Order of Laundry Files Collections

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1 Three Tales from the Laundry Files (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Halting State Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Halting State 2007 Description / Buy
2 Rule 34 2011 Description / Buy

Order of Freyaverse Series

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1 Saturn's Children 2008 Description / Buy
2 Neptune's Brood 2013 Description / Buy

Order of Empire Games Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Empire Games 2017 Description / Buy
2 Dark State 2018 Description / Buy
3 Invisible Sun 2021 Description / Buy

Order of Charles Stross Standalone Novels

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1 Glasshouse 2006 Description / Buy
2 Missile Gap (Short Story) 2006 Description / Buy
3 Scratch Monkey 2011 Description / Buy
4 The Rapture of the Nerds ( With: Cory Doctorow) 2012 Description / Buy

Order of Charles Stross Short Stories/Novellas

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1 Approaching Xanadu (Short Story) 1989 Description / Buy
2 Lobsters (Short Story) 2001 Description / Buy
3 Halo (Short Story) 2002 Description / Buy
4 Nightfall (Short Story) 2003 Description / Buy
5 Festival of Fools 2003 Description / Buy
6 The Concrete Jungle (Short Story) 2004 Description / Buy
7 Elector (Short Story) 2004 Description / Buy
8 Palimpsest (Short Story) 2009 Description / Buy
9 A Tall Tail (Short Story) 2012 Description / Buy

Order of Charles Stross Short Story Collections

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1 Toast, and Other Stories 2002 Description / Buy
2 Wireless 2009 Description / Buy

Order of Charles Stross Non-Fiction Books

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Web Architect's Handbook 1996 Description / Buy

Order of Warhammer 40,000 Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Deathwing ( With: Dan Abnett, Ian Watson, Storm Constantine, Gav Thorpe, William King, Graham McNeill, Neil Jones, David Pringle, Neil McIntosh) 1980 Description / Buy
2 Draco ( By: Ian Watson) 1990 Description / Buy
3 Inquisitor ( By: Ian Watson) 1990 Description / Buy
4 Harlequin ( By: Ian Watson) 1994 Description / Buy
5 Chaos Child ( By: Ian Watson) 1994 Description / Buy
6 Eye of Terror ( By: Barrington J. Bayley) 1999 Description / Buy
7 The Wine Of Dreams ( By: Brian Craig) 2000 Description / Buy
8 Dark Imperium ( By: Gav Thorpe, William King, Simon Jowett, Matthew Farrer, Ben Counter, Barrington J. Bayley, Marc Gascoigne, Andy Chambers, Robert Earl, Neil Rutledge) 2001 Description / Buy
9 Pawns of Chaos ( By: Brian Craig) 2001 Description / Buy
10 Storm of Iron ( By: Graham McNeill) 2002 Description / Buy
11 Words of Blood ( By: Christian Dunn, Marc Gascoigne) 2002 Description / Buy
12 Farseer ( By: William King) 2002 Description / Buy
13 Crucible of War ( By: Dan Abnett, Graham McNeill, Christian Dunn, Matthew Farrer, Sandy Mitchell, Simon Spurrier, Jonathan Green, Marc Gascoigne, Edward Rusk, David Charters, Matt Ralphs) 2003 Description / Buy
14 Lone Wolves (Short Story) ( By: Dan Abnett) 2003 Description / Buy
15 What Price Victory ( By: Marc Gascoigne) 2004 Description / Buy
16 The Inquisition War ( By: Ian Watson) 2004 Description / Buy
17 Iron Hands ( By: Jonathan Green) 2004 Description / Buy
18 Bringers of Death ( By: Simon Jowett, Mike Lee, Christian Dunn, Sandy Mitchell, Marc Gascoigne, Mitchel Scanlon, C.S. Goto) 2005 Description / Buy
19 Let the Galaxy Burn ( By: Dan Abnett, Gav Thorpe, William King, Graham McNeill, Christian Dunn, Ben Counter, Marc Gascoigne, Mark Brendan, Jonahan Curran, C.S. Goto, Andras Millward, Neil Rutledge) 2006 Description / Buy
20 Tales from the Dark Millennium ( By: Dan Abnett, Mike Lee, Graham McNeill, Christian Dunn, Steve Parker, Marc Gascoigne, Matt Keefe, C.S. Goto, Darren-Jon Ashmore) 2006 Description / Buy
21 Blood & Thunder (Short Story) ( By: Dan Abnett) 2008 Description / Buy
22 Planetkill ( By: Graham McNeill, Matthew Farrer, Steve Parker, Lindsey Priestley, Richard Williams, Henry Zou, Simon Dyton, Robey Jenkins) 2008 Description / Buy
23 Imperial Guard Omnibus: Volume One ( By: Steve Lyons, Steve Parker, Mitchel Scanlon) 2008 Description / Buy
24 Dawn of War II ( By: Chris Roberson) 2009 Description / Buy
25 Sabbat Worlds: A Good Man (Short Story) ( By: Sandy Mitchell) 2011 Description / Buy
26 The Alien Beast Within (Short Story) ( By: Ian Watson) 2012 Description / Buy
27 Treacheries of the Space Marines ( By: Christian Dunn) 2012 Description / Buy
28 Mephiston: Lord of Death (Short Story) ( By: David Annandale) 2013 Description / Buy
29 Down Amongst the Dead Men (Short Story) ( By: Steve Lyons) 2013 Description / Buy
30 The Cost of Command (Short Story) ( By: Sandy Mitchell) 2015 Description / Buy
31 Eye of the Dragon (Short Story) ( By: Steve Lyons) 2015 Description / Buy
32 Dark City (Short Story) ( By: Steve Lyons) 2015 Description / Buy
33 Warped Stars (Short Story) ( By: Ian Watson) 2016 Description / Buy
34 The Macharian Crusade Omnibus ( By: William King) 2017 Description / Buy
35 Left for Dead (Short Story) ( By: Steve Lyons) 2017 Description / Buy
36 The Path Unclear (Short Story) ( By: Mike Brooks) 2017 Description / Buy
37 Exodus (Short Story) ( By: Steve Lyons) 2017 Description / Buy
38 Lukas the Trickster ( By: Joshua Reynolds) 2018 Description / Buy
39 Choke Point (Short Story) ( By: Mike Brooks) 2018 Description / Buy
40 Lightning Run (Short Story) ( By: Peter McLean) 2018 Description / Buy
41 Masters of Stone and Steel ( By: Gav Thorpe, Nick Kyme) 2018 Description / Buy
42 The Beast Arises, Volume 1 ( By: Dan Abnett, David Annandale, Gav Thorpe, Rob Sanders) 2018 Description / Buy
43 Spear of the Emperor ( By: Aaron Dembski-Bowden) 2018 Description / Buy
44 The Beast Arises: Volume 2 ( By: Guy Haley) 2018 Description / Buy
45 The Beast Arises: Volume 3 ( By: David Guymer) 2018 Description / Buy
46 Celestine: The Living Saint ( By: Andy Clark) 2019 Description / Buy
47 Knights of Caliban ( By: Gav Thorpe) 2019 Description / Buy
48 Redemption Through Sacrifice (Short Story) ( By: Justin Woolley) 2019 Description / Buy
49 Born of the Storm (Short Story) ( By: Edoardo Albert) 2019 Description / Buy
50 Last Flight (Short Story) ( By: Edoardo Albert) 2019 Description / Buy
51 The Strong Among Us ( By: Steve Lyons) 2019 Description / Buy
52 Inferno! Volume 4 ( By: Edoardo Albert) 2019 Description / Buy
53 Vaults of Obsidian ( By: David Annandale, Gav Thorpe, Nick Kyme, Darius Hinks, Joshua Reynolds, Guy Haley, J.C. Stearns, Denny Flowers, Nicholas Wolf) 2019 Description / Buy
54 Mark of Faith ( By: Rachel Harrison) 2019 Description / Buy
55 Lord of the Dark Millennium ( By: Dan Abnett) 2020 Description / Buy
56 Where Dere’s da Warp Dere’s a Way (Short Story) ( By: Mike Brooks) 2020 Description / Buy
57 Night Shriekers (Short Story) ( By: Justin Woolley) 2020 Description / Buy
58 Warriors and Warlords ( By: Gav Thorpe, Steve Lyons, Graham McNeill, Joshua Reynolds, Peter McLean, Guy Haley, Chris Wraight, Robbie MacNiven, Rachel Harrison, Phil Kelly, Matt Smith) 2020 Description / Buy
59 Indomitus ( By: Gav Thorpe) 2020 Description / Buy
60 The Karsharat Abomination (Short Story) ( By: George Mann) 2020 Description / Buy
61 Imperium at War ( By: Steve Lyons, Nate Crowley, Danie Ware, Thomas Parrott, Edoardo Albert) 2020 Description / Buy
62 The Hammer and the Eagle: Icons of Warhammer ( By: Dan Abnett, David Annandale, Gav Thorpe, Graham McNeill, Aaron Dembski-Bowden, Nick Kyme, Sandy Mitchell, Joshua Reynolds, Danie Ware, Guy Haley, Chris Wraight, David Guymer, Andy Clark, C.L. Werner, Justin D. Hill, Rachel Harrison, John French, Nick Horth) 2020 Description / Buy
63 Green and Grey (Short Story) ( By: Edoardo Albert) 2020 Description / Buy
64 Brutal Kunnin' ( By: Mike Brooks) 2020 Description / Buy
65 Nexus & Other Stories ( By: Dan Abnett, Steve Parker, Joshua Reynolds, Peter McLean, Mike Brooks, Danie Ware, Guy Haley, Chris Wraight, Rachel Harrison, Robert Rath, J.C. Stearns, Thomas Parrott, Phil Kelly, Marc Collins) 2020 Description / Buy
66 Ephrael Stern: The Heretic Saint ( By: David Annandale) 2020 Description / Buy
67 Recongregator (Short Story) ( By: David Annandale) 2021 Description / Buy
68 The Tear of Selevia (Short Story) ( By: Mike Brooks) 2021 Description / Buy
69 Silent Hunters ( By: Edoardo Albert) 2021 Description / Buy
70 Sabbat War ( By: Dan Abnett, Graham McNeill, Matthew Farrer, Justin D. Hill, Rachel Harrison, John French, Edoardo Albert, John French Sloan) 2021 Description / Buy
71 Da Gobbo's Revenge (Short Story) ( By: Mike Brooks) 2021 Description / Buy
72 The Wolftime ( By: Gav Thorpe) 2021 Description / Buy
73 The Emperor's Sword (Short Story) ( By: Steve Lyons) 2021 Description / Buy
74 A Small Cog (Short Story) ( By: Mitchel Scanlon) 2022 Description / Buy
75 Krieg ( By: Steve Lyons) 2022 Description / Buy
76 Fool's Ruin (Short Story) ( By: Mike Brooks) 2022 Description / Buy
77 Astorath: Angel of Mercy ( By: Guy Haley) 2022 Description / Buy
78 Ghazghkull Thraka: Prophet of the Waaagh! ( By: Nate Crowley) 2022 Description / Buy
79 Huron Blackheart: Master of the Maelstrom ( By: Mike Brooks) 2022 Description / Buy
80 Sacred Hate (Short Story) ( By: David Annandale) 2022 Description / Buy
81 The Brightest And Best (Short Story) ( By: Mike Brooks) 2022 Description / Buy
82 Awakenings ( By: George Mann) 2022 Description / Buy
83 Kasrkin ( By: Edoardo Albert) 2022 Description / Buy
84 Renegades: Harrowmaster ( By: Mike Brooks) 2022 Description / Buy
85 Only War: Stories from the 41st Millennium ( By: Edoardo Albert) 2022 Description / Buy
86 Packin' Heat (Short Story) ( By: Mike Brooks) 2022 Description / Buy
87 Less Than Human (Short Story) ( By: Steve Lyons) 2023 Description / Buy
88 Warboss ( By: Mike Brooks) 2023 Description / Buy
89 The Lion: Son of the Forest ( By: Mike Brooks) 2023 Description / Buy
90 Once A Killer ( By: Mike Brooks) 2023 Description / Buy
91 Galaxy of Horrors ( By: Steve Lyons) 2023 Description / Buy
92 The Long Promise (Short Story) ( By: Mike Brooks) 2023 Description / Buy
93 Yarrick: The Omnibus ( By: David Annandale) 2024 Description / Buy
94 Da Big Dakka ( By: Mike Brooks) 2024 Description / Buy

Charles Stross Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 Asimov's Science Fiction, June 2001 2001 Description / Buy
2 Supermen 2002 Description / Buy
3 The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 15 2002 Description / Buy
4 Year's Best SF 8 2003 Description / Buy
5 The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 16 2003 Description / Buy
6 ReVisions 2004 Description / Buy
7 The Year's Best Science Fiction: 21 Annual Edition 2004 Description / Buy
8 Asimov's Science Fiction, September 2004 2004 Description / Buy
9 One Million A.D. 2005 Description / Buy
10 The Mammoth Book of Extreme Science Fiction 2006 Description / Buy
11 The Space Opera Renaissance 2006 Description / Buy
12 Rewired 2007 Description / Buy
13 Space Opera 2007 Description / Buy
14 The Book of Cthulhu 2011 Description / Buy
15 The Recent Weird 2011 Description / Buy
16 New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird 2011 Description / Buy
17 The Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 4 2012 Description / Buy
18 Digital Rapture 2012 Description / Buy
19 Some of the Best from Tor.com, 2012 edition 2013 Description / Buy
20 Some of the Best from Tor.com, 2013 2013 Description / Buy
21 The Time Traveler's Almanac 2013 Description / Buy
22 Tor.com: Selected Original Fiction, 2008-2012 2013 Description / Buy
23 Zombies: More Recent Dead 2014 Description / Buy
24 More Recent Weird 2015 Description / Buy
25 Shoreline of Infinity 8½: Edinburgh International Book Festival Special Edition 2017 Description / Buy
26 Fables from the Fountain 2018 Description / Buy
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The author started writing in 1999. While his first published novel was ‘Singularity Sky’, he had written a novella called ‘Atrocity Archive’ some years earlier that his newly acquired agent loved but also rejected because she didn’t expect anyone to publish it.

She argued that there was no way to identify the genre in which it could be marketed. It could have been horror, science fiction or humor. That scattered approach to storytelling drove the agent to compel Stross to pursue more mainstream stories.

So he temporarily shelved ‘Atrocity Archive’. Stross finally got it published in an obscure Scottish magazine, eventually attracting the interest of Golden Griffin, a small publisher in the US. He wrote ‘The Concrete Jungle’ for them. Golden Griffin chose to publish the story along with ‘Atrocity Archives’ in a volume also titled ‘The Atrocity Archives’.

While ‘Singularity Sky’ had attracted all the right attention, it was The Atrocity Archives and, in particular, ‘The Concrete Jungle’ that placed Charles Stross on the publishing map. The award it won finally convinced Stross’ agent of the potential some of the writer’s experimental stories held despite the marketing challenge they would present.

While Charles Stross went on to dip his toes into the thriller and Fantasy sub-genres, his fans continue to categorize him as a hardcore SF writer, primarily because of the intellectual approach the author always takes with his stories.

Born in 1964 in Leeds, England, Stross took an interest in Science Fiction at an early age. He read every notable work in the genre that he could find. His education led him into the medical field. Despite earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy and putting the skills of his trade into practice, Stross decided to extend his educational journey by pursuing a post-graduate computer science degree from Bradford University.

Before 1999, he was a pretty competent programmer who produced literary works of a technical nature in his field of expertise. He continued along that same path, as a technical writer, even after landing an agent. But once fiction took a hold of his heart, he embraced it wholeheartedly, never looking back.

Charles Stross’ political views as a liberal democrat permeate a lot of the stories he writes. Stross expects science fiction to mirror the real world, to show readers what mankind could become, for better or for worse. He has always supported the concept of e-publishing, going so far as to upload some of his books online where his fans can read them for free.

He believes that young authors need the internet to grow but traditional publishing will continue to oppose it because it stifles their earnings.

Charles Stross Awards

Stross has received Hugo, British Science Fiction Association, Arthur C. Clarke, John W. Campbell Memorial, and Prometheus Award nominations. He also won the Hugo and Prometheus Awards for ‘Iron Sunrise’ and ‘Glasshouse’.

Best Charles Stross Books

Stross’ fans love all the attention he injects into building the societies and communities which constitute the futuristic settings of his stories, with some of the best books in his bibliography including:

Singularity Sky: The Eschaton changed the destiny of Earth. A sentient AI created by mankind in the 21st Century, the Eschaton brought about the greatest technological revolution in human history. For all the blessings it delivered, the AI had one rule. Mankind was forbidden from tampering with time, lest they suffer the violent ire of the Eschaton.

Now the human race has gone to the stars, colonizing new worlds and creating a new society known as the New Republic. When an alien race descends upon the New Republic and gives its people a bevy of forbidden technologies, a spaceship engineer and a diplomat are dispatched to quell the resulting revolutionary turmoil before Eschaton takes drastic measures.

Atrocity Archives: Bob Howard’s world was boring. Yes, he worked for a secret government agency. However, while his fellow agents went on missions to save the world, the techie stayed behind to restore lost data. When Bob finally gets noticed and thrown into active duty, he is forced to face off against dimension-hopping terrorists and ancient deities with nefarious intentions.

When Does The Next Charles Stross book come out?

Charles Stross doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Season of Skulls and was released on May, 16th 2023. It is the newest book in the Laundry Files Series.

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