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Wireless [Kindle Edition]

Charles Stross
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'A great read, and a fascinating look at the future of security in a massively networked world.' Bruce Schneier, CTO, BT Counterpane 'The first couple of pages had me hooked, and I didn't touch another book until I finished it.' John Carmack, Technical Director, iD Software and creator of Doom and Quake 'As keenly observant of our emergent society as it is our emergent technologies, Halting State is one extremely smart species of fun.' William Gibson

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A collection of cutting edge SF stories and novellas from one of science fiction's brightest new stars.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 564 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (2 July 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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Charles Stross was born in Leeds, England, in 1964. He has worked as a pharmacist, software engineer and freelance journalist, but now writes full time.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best SF available today. 2 July 2010
A Colder War is one of my favorite SF short stories, as is Missile Gap. These are the type of stories that you actually want to read again, which I hardly ever do. Stross' ability to mix hard SF, singularity SF and Cthulhu is unparalleled. If you haven't read all of his other work get it all now and enjoy!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some pure gems, a few clunkers... 23 Oct 2010
Missile gap

Things change on a fateful day in 1962. The surface of Earth is moved to an immense platform in another galaxy in the far future. As increased gravity grounds missiles, and separated by much greater distances, the Cold War becomes irrelevant as the superpowers try to find where they are and why. It seems that other 'Earths' have been brought here as well. A chilling tale of humanity's ultimate failing.

A colder war

The story is a series of vignettes centred on the experiences of Roger Jourgensen, a family man, who is also a US government spook, monitoring the real struggle going on in the Cold War,and who is deeply affected by what he sees. This real struggle centres around the usage of alien lifeforms and relics, on Earth since before the dinosaurs. These lifeforms are so alien as to be things of nightmare fantasy or religious evil. They cannot reliably be controlled and killing them, even with a dedicated bomber wing using special plutonium nukes, is unlikely. On this alternate Earth, where Colonel Oliver North is a key figure in this Colder War, things go badly wrong. A classic, which opens up a new perspective on the boundary between science fiction and fantasy.


The universe around Earth is found to be teeming with alien signals beamed back to us in response to our outgoing broadcasts. However, decoding an alien signal reveals something worrying...

Down on the Farm

The Farm is a sanitorium for ex-operatives of The Laundry, a super secret arm of British Intelligence, set up during World War Two to counter the use of 'demonic-computing' by the Nazis.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for fans and new readers alike 2 Nov 2011
If you've never read a Charles Stross book before this wouldn't be a bad place to start, it covers some of the styles developed in his longer books and contains some really excellent yarns. The stories vary in length from short one-trick tales to the final story (Palimpsest) which is more like a short novel. What it really showcases is how versatile a SF writer Stross is- this collection contains stories with his own brand of off-beat humour as well as bone-tingling horror side by side.

If you are already a fan of his work this is an excellent addition to any collection. It has a Laundry story in it (Down on the Farm), along with other less humour-laden SF ideas. Some miss the mark a little but overall it's a brilliant collection from one of the modern masters of Science Fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought 27 July 2009
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The First Law of reading a Charles Stross book is that you always get more than you expect (even taking account of the First Law).

With a collection of his short stories, I think that's even more true. Although some of the stories in this book have appeared elsewhere, it's still, word for word, excellent value. The stories range across themes - from Cold War metaphors and themes in Missile Gap and A Colder War, with some prefiguring of the later Laundry stories, which are my personal favourites from his extensive output, to wider themes including a bizarre pseudo PG Wodehouse story featuring robots (a precursor to "Saturn's Children"). The best of all, I think, is the longer story, Palimpset, featuring a society so advanced that it has learned to manipulate human history across truly deep time, stretching to the end of the universe (but without a restaurant). Palimpset perhaps has that classically Strossian "what the blazes is going on?" atmosphere to a greater degree than the rest - maybe because it is longer: the brew takes a little time and space to develop, possibly?

Overall - excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The strange & unusual made ever day 21 Aug 2011
What to say, this collection of tales of the strange & unusual presented as though it was "just a day in the life of" Charles Stross takes a tour of the corners of his mind some quite dark
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly tasty curate's egg 5 July 2010
A very good collection of short stories by one of Scifi's most prolific authors. The longer stories were a little too close to short novels, but that criticism aside, Stross brings his sparkling imagination and great originality to this modest collection. I particularly liked "MAXOS", a "Letter to Nature" written at some future date unspecified which cleverly updates a popular internet con. And the great thing about short fiction is you can dip in and read a story long enough to suit how much time you have to read it in.
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Stross is one of the few authors who can write short stories really well but the last story, Palimpsest is nearly a novel and a damn good one too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long live the sf short story! 9 Mar 2013
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Framed by the perfect forward this collection both shares the notion of creating sf with some blindingly engaging stories. You also get to see how short story ideas mutate and grow to become novels. A beautiful collection for Stross fans.
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