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Charles Stross

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Charles David George "Charlie" Stross is a writer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. His works range from science fiction and Lovecraftian horror to fantasy.

Stross is sometimes regarded as being part of a new generation of British science fiction writers who specialise in hard science fiction and space opera. His contemporaries include Alastair Reynolds, Ken MacLeod, Liz Williams and Richard Morgan.

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Short answer: nope, I would not write a Culture novel.

Medium answer: I'm a huge fan of Iain's work and I feel trying to piggy-back on it for profit alone — which at this point is what a Culture novel would be -- would be disrespectful. Having said that, if at some future point his executors put together a collection of tributes to his work, that'd be another matter.

Longest answer: asking any other author to write a Culture novel is futile; they could use the setting but it wouldn't feel quite right because Iain was a marvelous and subtle literary novelist who just happened to use space opera to explore big (often political) questions that didn't fit inside the restrictive frame of his realist-mode novels. I can't write an Iain M. Banks novel because I am not Iain M. Banks. However, I am currently writing a Charlie Stross novel that just happens to be a wide-screen far future space opera (in a wholly new setting), that attempts to examine big political questions. I'm not borrowing Iain's setting: I'm attempting to borrow his toolbox to come up with something of my own that scratches the same itch that the Culture series scratched so successfully. (Ghost Engine is currently scheduled for publication in mid-2018; if successful, there will be more in that universe.)(less)
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Starship bloopers

(I need to blog more often, so here's one of hopefully a series of shorter, more frequent, opinions ...)

Anent the "Heinlein was a fascist" accusations that are a hardy perennial on the internet, especially in discussions of Starship Troopers (the book, not the movie, which I have not seen because it's a movie): I'd like to offer a nuanced opinion.

In the 1930s, Heinlein was a soft socialist—he was

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“Gene police! You! Out of the pool, now!”
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“Like the famous mad philosopher said, when you stare into the void, the void stares also; but if you cast into the void, you get a type conversion error. (Which just goes to show Nietzsche wasn't a C++ programmer.)”
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“Idiots emit bogons, causing machinery to malfunction in their presence. System administrators absorb bogons, letting machinery work again.”
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