The Delirium Brief

A Laundry Files Novel

Author: Charles Stross

Publisher: Tor.com

ISBN: 0765394669

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 881

“Smart, literate, funny.” —Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians Someone is dead set to air the spy agency’s dirty laundry in The Delirium Brief, the next installment to Charles Stross’ Hugo Award-winning comedic dark fantasy Laundry Files series! Bob Howard’s career in the Laundry, the secret British government agency dedicated to protecting the world from unspeakable horrors from beyond spacetime, has entailed high combat, brilliant hacking, ancient magic, and combat with indescribably repellent creatures of pure evil. It has also involved a wearying amount of paperwork and office politics, and his expense reports are still a mess. Now, following the invasion of Yorkshire by the Host of Air and Darkness, the Laundry’s existence has become public, and Bob is being trotted out on TV to answer pointed questions about elven asylum seekers. What neither Bob nor his managers have foreseen is that their organization has earned the attention of a horror far more terrifying than any demon: a British government looking for public services to privatize. Inch by inch, Bob Howard and his managers are forced to consider the truly unthinkable: a coup against the British government itself. Laundry Files 1. The Atrocity Archives 2. The Jennifer Morgue 3. The Fuller Memorandum 4. The Apocalypse Codex 5. The Rhesus Chart 6. The Annihilation Score 7. The Nightmare Stacks
Release

The Atrocity Archives

Author: Charles Stross

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101208847

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 1056

Bob Howard is a computer-hacker desk jockey, who has more than enough trouble keeping up with the endless paperwork he has to do on a daily basis. He should never be called on to do anything remotely heroic. But for some reason, he is.
Release

The Jennifer Morgue

Author: Charles Stross

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780441016716

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 3928

A geekish demonology hacker for "The Laundry," Bob Howard finds himself forced into the unlikely role of savior of the world, when ruthless billionaire Ellis Billington embarks on plans to release an eldritch horror that communicates with the dead, the Jennifer Morgue, from the depths of the sea in order to rule the world.
Release

The Nightmare Stacks

Author: Charles Stross

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0425281191

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 9177

The Laundry Files' "fast-paced blend of espionage thrills, mundane office comedy and Lovecraftian horror" (SFX) continues as Hugo Award-winning author Charles Stross assigns a day trader to a permanent position on the night shift... After stumbling upon the algorithm that turned him and his fellow merchant bankers into vampires, Alex Schwartz was drafted by the Laundry, Britain's secret counter-occult agency that's humanity's first line of defense against the forces of darkness. Dependent on his new employers for his continued existence--as Alex has no stomach for predatory blood-sucking--he has little choice but to accept his new role as an operative-in-training. For his first assignment, Alex is dispatched to Leeds to help assess the costs of renovating a 1950s Cold War bunker for use as the Laundry's new headquarters. Unfortunately, Leeds is Alex's hometown, and the thought of breaking the news to his parents that he's left banking for the Civil Service, while hiding his undead condition, is causing him more anxiety than learning how to live as a vampire secret agent preparing to confront multiple apocalypses. Alex's only saving grace is Cassie Brewer, a drama student appearing in the local goth festival who is inexplicably attracted to him despite his awkward personality and massive amounts of sunblock. But Cassie has secrets of her own--secrets that make Alex's nightlife behaviors seem positively normal...
Release

The Rhesus Chart

Author: Charles Stross

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0425256561

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 3048

Bob Howard, a newly appointed junior manager of an organization tasked with defending England from supernatural threats, must stop an outbreak of vampirism at a merchant bank.
Release

The Annihilation Score

Author: Charles Stross

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0425281183

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 3997

"Mo's latest assignment is to assist the police in containing an unusual outbreak: ordinary citizens suddenly imbued with extraordinary abilities of the superpowered kind. Unfortunately these people prefer playing super-pranks instead of performing super-heroics"--
Release

The Apocalypse Codex

Author: Charles Stross

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 042525643X

Category: Fiction

Page: 355

View: 7550

Persephone Hazard, a member of the Laundry who is as beautiful as she is unpredictable, investigates an American televangelist who seems to be able to miraculously heal people.
Release

The Fuller Memorandum

Author: Charles Stross

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101456156

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 4507

View our feature on Charles Stross' The Fuller Memorandum. National bestselling author Charles Stross brings back Bob Howard-"a British super spy with a long-term girlfriend, no fashion sense, and an aversion to martinis" (San Francisco Chronicle) Bob Howard is taking a much needed break from the field to catch up on his filing in The Laundry's archives when a top secret dossier known as The Fuller Memorandum vanishes-along with his boss, who the agency's executives believe stole the file. Determined to discover exactly what the memorandum contained, Bob runs afoul of Russian agents, ancient demons, and the apostles of a hideous faith, who have plans to raise a very unpleasant undead entity known as the Eater of Souls...
Release

Wireless

Author: Charles Stross

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101081983

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 9836

The Hugo Award-winning author of such groundbreaking and innovative novels as Accelerando, Halting State, and Saturn's Children delivers a selection of speculative fiction brought together in one collection, showdcasing the limitless imagination of one of the twenty-first century's most daring visionaries.
Release

Empire Games

Author: Charles Stross

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1466835168

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 9834

Charles Stross builds a new series with Empire Games, expanding on the world he created in the Family Trade series, a new generation of paratime travellers walk between parallel universes. The year is 2020. It's seventeen years since the Revolution overthrew the last king of the New British Empire, and the newly-reconstituted North American Commonwealth is developing rapidly, on course to defeat the French and bring democracy to a troubled world. But Miriam Burgeson, commissioner in charge of the shadowy Ministry of Intertemporal Research and Intelligence—the paratime espionage agency tasked with catalyzing the Commonwealth's great leap forward—has a problem. For years, she's warned everyone: "The Americans are coming." Now their drones arrive in the middle of a succession crisis. In another timeline, the U.S. has recruited Miriam's own estranged daughter to spy across timelines in order to bring down any remaining world-walkers who might threaten national security. Two nuclear superpowers are set on a collision course. Two increasingly desperate paratime espionage agencies try to find a solution to the first contact problem that doesn't result in a nuclear holocaust. And two women—a mother and her long-lost daughter—are about to find themselves on opposite sides of the confrontation. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Release

Halting State

Author: Charles Stross

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101208793

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 4432

“Halting State [is] a near-future story that is at once over-the-top and compellingly believable.” – Vernor Vinge, author of Rainbows End In the year 2018, Sergeant Sue Smith of the Edinburgh constabulary is called in on a special case. A daring bank robbery has taken place at Hayek Associates—a dot-com start-up company that’s just floated onto the London stock exchange. But this crime may be a bit beyond Smith’s expertise. The prime suspects are a band of marauding orcs with a dragon in tow for fire support. The bank is located within the virtual reality land of Avalon Four, and the robbery was supposed to be impossible. When word gets out, Hayek Associates and all its virtual “economies” are going to crash hard. For Smith, the investigation seems pointless. But the deeper she digs, the bigger the case gets. There are powerful players—both real and pixelated—who are watching her every move. Because there is far more at stake than just some game-head’s fantasy financial security…
Release

Rule 34

Author: Charles Stross

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101516645

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 8630

Meet Edinburgh Detective Inspector Liz Kavanaugh, head of the Innovative Crimes Investigation Unit, otherwise known as the Rule 34 Squad. They monitor the Internet for potential criminal activity, analyzing trends in the extreme fringes of explicit content. And occasionally, even more disturbing patterns arise… Three ex-cons have been murdered in Germany, Italy, and Scotland. The only things they had in common were arrests for spamming—and a taste for unorthodox entertainment. As the first officer on the scene of the most recent death, Liz finds herself sucked into an international investigation that isn’t so much asking who the killer is, but what—and if she doesn't find the answer soon, the homicides could go viral.
Release

Dark State

A Novel of the Merchant Princes Multiverse

Author: Charles Stross

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 1466835176

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 9302

Hugo Award-winning author Charlie Stross dives deep into the underbelly of paratime espionage, nuclear warfare, and state surveillance in this provocative techno-thriller set in The Merchant Princes multi-verse Dark State ups the ante on the already volatile situations laid out in the sleek techno-thriller Empire Games, the start to Stross' new story-line, and perfect entry point for new readers, in The Merchant Princes series. In the near-future, the collision of two nuclear superpowers across timelines, one in the midst of a technological revolution and the other a hyper-police state, is imminent. In Commissioner Miriam Burgeson’s timeline, her top level agents run a high risk extraction of a major political player. Meanwhile, a sleeper cell activated in Rita's, the Commissioner's adopted daughter and newly-minted spy, timeline threatens to unravel everything. With a penchant for intricate world-building and an uncanny ability to realize alternate history and technological speculation, Stross' writing will captivate any reader who's a fan hi-tech thrillers, inter-dimensional political intrigue, and espionage. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Release

Singularity Sky

Author: Charles Stross

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780441011797

Category: Fiction

Page: 337

View: 5956

In a world transformed by the Eschaton, a sentient artificial intelligence, the colony of New Republic, founded by people who wanted no part of the technological revolution, is threatened by an information plague of advanced technology. Reprint.
Release

Iron Sunrise

Author: Charles Stross

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780441012961

Category: Fiction

Page: 433

View: 858

Charles Stross
Release

Overtime

A Tor.Com Original

Author: Charles Stross

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 1429952105

Category: Fiction

Page: 32

View: 8285

Introduced to readers in the novels The Atrocity Archive and The Jennifer Morgue, the Laundry is a secret British government agency charged with preventing dark interdimensional entities from destroying the human race. Now, in "Overtime," the Laundry is on a skeleton staff for Christmas—leaving one bureaucrat to be all that stands between the world and annihilation by the Thing That Comes Down Chimneys. Written especially for Tor.com's holiday season, Charles Stross's novelette is a finalist for the 2010 Hugo Award. Charles Stross is the Hugo-winning author of some of the most acclaimed novels and stories of the last ten years, including Singularity Sky, Accelerando, Halting State, the "Merchant Princes" series beginning with The Family Trade, and the story collections Toast and Wireless. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Release

The Rapture of the Nerds

A tale of the singularity, posthumanity, and awkward social situations

Author: Cory Doctorow,Charles Stross

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 1429944919

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 1514

Welcome to the fractured future, at the dusk of the twenty-first century. Earth has a population of roughly a billion hominids. For the most part, they are happy with their lot, living in a preserve at the bottom of a gravity well. Those who are unhappy have emigrated, joining one or another of the swarming densethinker clades that fog the inner solar system with a dust of molecular machinery so thick that it obscures the sun. The splintery metaconsciousness of the solar-system has largely sworn off its pre-post-human cousins dirtside, but its minds sometimes wander...and when that happens, it casually spams Earth's networks with plans for cataclysmically disruptive technologies that emulsify whole industries, cultures, and spiritual systems. A sane species would ignore these get-evolved-quick schemes, but there's always someone who'll take a bite from the forbidden apple. So until the overminds bore of stirring Earth's anthill, there's Tech Jury Service: random humans, selected arbitrarily, charged with assessing dozens of new inventions and ruling on whether to let them loose. Young Huw, a technophobic, misanthropic Welshman, has been selected for the latest jury, a task he does his best to perform despite an itchy technovirus, the apathy of the proletariat, and a couple of truly awful moments on bathroom floors. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Release

Neptune's Brood

A Space Opera

Author: Charles Stross

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0425256308

Category: Fiction

Page: 338

View: 8633

After being stalked across the galaxy by an assassin, post-human Krina Alzon-114 journeys to the water-world Shin-Tethys in search of her sister in this new space opera from the Hugo Award-winning author of Saturn's Children. Reprint.
Release

Glasshouse

Author: Charles Stross

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780441014033

Category: Fiction

Page: 335

View: 8303

Awakening in a clinic with most of his memories missing, Robin goes on the run from unknown enemies out to kill him, volunteering to take part in the Glasshouse, an experimental polity simulating a pre-accelerated culture in which he will be assigned an anonymous identity, but he experiences radical changes that threaten everything. 20,000 first printing.
Release

Equoid

Author: Charles Stross

Publisher: Subterranean

ISBN: 9781596066649

Category: Fiction

Page: 109

View: 9432

While on assignment at a countryside farm, Agent Bob Howard of "The Laundry"—a secret agency tasked with protecting Britain from occult nightmares—discovers a menace of Lovecraftian proportions.
Release