Wireless: The Essential Charles Stross Hardcover – 2 Jul 2009
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A collection of cutting edge SF stories and novellas from one of science fiction's brightest new stars.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.
The style is so similar, its sometimes confusing s to which background belongs to which story.
I don't normally buy short stories, I won't again.
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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wireless by charles stross themes from 1950s sci fi and well told the first story missile gap about aliens moving the earth and its 1962 cold war standoffs to a huge disc world... Read morePublished on 12 Mar. 2012 by mark1000
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... Read morePublished on 21 Aug. 2011 by Amazon Customer
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.Published on 7 Aug. 2011 by Amazon Customer
This is a collection of short (and not so) stories intended to cover a broad spectrum of styles and moods. Read morePublished on 4 July 2011 by Frixos K.
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... Read morePublished on 5 July 2010 by Amazon Customer