Charles Stross Books

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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.

Order of Singularity Sky Series

1Singularity Sky 2003Description / Buy
2Iron Sunrise 2004Description / Buy
3Accelerando 2005Description / Buy

Order of The Merchant Princes Series

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

Order of Laundry Files Series

1The Atrocity Archives 2004Description / Buy
2The Jennifer Morgue 2006Description / Buy
3Down on the Farm (Short Story) 2010Description / Buy
4Equoid (Short Story) 2010Description / Buy
5Overtime (Short Story) 2010Description / Buy
6The Fuller Memorandum 2010Description / Buy
7The Apocalypse Codex 2012Description / Buy
8The Rhesus Chart 2014Description / Buy
9The Annihilation Score 2015Description / Buy
10The Nightmare Stacks 2016Description / Buy
11The Delirium Brief 2017Description / Buy
12The Labyrinth Index 2018Description / Buy
13Dead Lies Dreaming 2020Description / Buy
14Escape from Puroland (Short Story) 2021Description / Buy

Order of Laundry Files Collections

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

Order of Halting State Series

1Halting State 2007Description / Buy
2Rule 34 2011Description / Buy

Order of Freyaverse Series

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

Order of Empire Games Series

1Empire Games 2017Description / Buy
2Dark State 2018Description / Buy
3Invisible Sun 2021Description / Buy

Order of Charles Stross Standalone Novels

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

Order of Charles Stross Short Stories/Novellas

1Approaching Xanadu (Short Story) 1989Description / Buy
2Festival of Fools 2003Description / Buy
3Palimpsest (Short Story) 2009Description / Buy
4A Tall Tail (Short Story) 2012Description / Buy

Order of Charles Stross Short Story Collections

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

Order of Charles Stross Non-Fiction Books

1The Web Architect's Handbook 1996Description / Buy

Order of The Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction Anthology Series

1The Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 2 2010Description / Buy
2The Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 3 2011Description / Buy
3The Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 4 2012Description / Buy
4The Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 5 2013Description / Buy
5The Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 6 2014Description / Buy
6The Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 7 2015Description / Buy
7The Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 8 2016Description / Buy
8The Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 9 2017Description / Buy
9The Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 10 2018Description / Buy

Order of The Book of Cthulhu Series

1The Book of Cthulhu 2011Description / Buy
2The Book of Cthulhu II 2012Description / Buy

Order of New Cthulhu Series

1New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird ( With: , Cherie Priest, Neil Gaiman, John Shirley, Elizabeth Bear, Kim Newman, Michael Marshall Smith, China Miéville, , , , , Dale Bailey, John Langan, Tim Pratt, Laird Barron, , , Caitlín R. Kiernan, Sarah Monette, Nathan Ballingrud, , Nick Mamatas) 2011Description / Buy
2New Cthulhu 2: More Recent Weird ( With: Carrie Vaughn, Brian Hodge, John Shirley, Elizabeth Bear, , , John Langan, Laird Barron, , , , Caitlín R. Kiernan, Sarah Monette, , , , , , Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Ruthanna Emrys) 2015Description / Buy

Charles Stross Anthologies

1 ReVisions2004Description / Buy
2 The Space Opera Renaissance2006Description / Buy
3 The Book of Cthulhu2011Description / Buy
4 New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird2011Description / Buy
5 Digital Rapture2012Description / Buy
6 Fables from the Fountain2018Description / 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 Escape from Puroland and was released on July, 13th 2021. It is the newest book in the Laundry Files Series.

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