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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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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.

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