Charles Stross Books In Order

Singularity Sky Books In Publication Order

  1. Singularity Sky (2003)
  2. Iron Sunrise (2004)
  3. Accelerando (2005)

The Merchant Princes Books In Publication Order

  1. The Family Trade (2004)
  2. The Hidden Family (2005)
  3. The Clan Corporate (2006)
  4. The Merchants’ War (2007)
  5. The Revolution Business (2009)
  6. The Trade of Queens (2010)

Laundry Files Books In Publication Order

  1. The Atrocity Archives (2004)
  2. The Jennifer Morgue (2006)
  3. Down on the Farm (2010)
  4. Equoid (2010)
  5. Overtime (2010)
  6. The Fuller Memorandum (2010)
  7. The Apocalypse Codex (2012)
  8. The Rhesus Chart (2014)
  9. The Annihilation Score (2015)
  10. The Nightmare Stacks (2016)
  11. The Delirium Brief (2017)
  12. The Labyrinth Index (2018)
  13. Dead Lies Dreaming (2020)
  14. Escape from Puroland (2021)
  15. Quantum of Nightmares (2022)

Laundry Files Collections In Publication Order

  1. Three Tales from the Laundry Files (2014)

Halting State Books In Publication Order

  1. Halting State (2007)
  2. Rule 34 (2011)

Freyaverse Books In Publication Order

  1. Saturn’s Children (2008)
  2. Neptune’s Brood (2013)

Empire Games Books In Publication Order

  1. Empire Games (2017)
  2. Dark State (2018)
  3. Invisible Sun (2021)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. Glasshouse (2006)
  2. Missile Gap (2006)
  3. Scratch Monkey (2011)
  4. The Rapture of the Nerds (With: Cory Doctorow) (2012)

Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order

  1. Approaching Xanadu (1989)
  2. Festival of Fools (2003)
  3. Palimpsest (2009)
  4. A Tall Tail (2012)

Short Story Collections In Publication Order

  1. Toast, and Other Stories (2002)
  2. Wireless (2009)

Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order

  1. The Web Architect’s Handbook (1996)

New Cthulhu Anthology Books In Publication Order

  1. The Recent Weird (2011)
  2. More Recent Weird (2015)

The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction Anthology Books In Publication Order

  1. The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 2 (2010)
  2. The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 3 (2011)
  3. The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 4 (2012)
  4. The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 5 (2013)
  5. The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 6 (2014)
  6. The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 7 (2015)
  7. The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 8 (2016)
  8. The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 9 (2017)
  9. The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 10 (2018)

The Book of Cthulhu Books In Publication Order

  1. The Book of Cthulhu (2011)
  2. The Book of Cthulhu II (2012)

Anthologies In Publication Order

  1. ReVisions (2004)
  2. The Space Opera Renaissance (2006)
  3. The Book of Cthulhu (2011)
  4. The Recent Weird (2011)
  5. Digital Rapture (2012)
  6. Fables from the Fountain (2018)

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Charles Stross Books Overview

Singularity Sky

In the twenty first century man created the Eschaton, a sentient artificial intelligence. It pushed Earth through the greatest technological evolution ever known, while warning that time travel is forbidden, and transgressors will be eliminated. Distant descendants of this ultra high tech Earth live in parochial simplicity on the far flung worlds of the New Republic. Their way of life is threatened by the arrival of an alien information plague known as the Festival. As forbidden technologies are literally dropped from the sky, suppressed political factions descend into revolutionary turmoil. A battle fleet is sent from Earth to destroy the Festival, but Spaceship engineer Martin Springfield and U.N. diplomat Rachel Mansour have been assigned rather different tasks. Their orders are to diffuse the crisis or to sabotage the New Republic’s war fleet, whatever the cost, before the Eschaton takes hostile action on a galactic scale.

Iron Sunrise

Charles Stross’ follow up to his critically acclaimed Singularity Sky is the story of Wednesday Shadowmist, a sullen teenager who is humanity’s only hope of stopping interstellar war.


Expanding upon his award winning short story cycle from the pages of Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Charles Stross author of such revolutionary science fiction novels as Singularity Sky and Iron Sunrise delivers the story fans have been anticipating with Accelerando, a novel destined to change the face of the genre. For three generations, the Macz family has struggled to cope with the rampant technological achievements that have rendered humans near obsolete. And mankind’s end encroaches even closer when something starts to dismantle the nine planets of the solar system in an effort to annihilate all biological lifeforms.

The Family Trade

A bold fantasy in the tradition of Roger Zelazny’s Chronicles of Amber, The Merchant Princes is a sweeping new series from the hottest new writer in science fiction!Miriam Beckstein is happy in her life. She’s a successful reporter for a hi tech magazine in Boston, making good money doing what she loves. When her researcher brings her iron clad evidence of a money laundering scheme, Miriam thinks she’s found the story of the year. But when she takes it to her editor, she’s fired on the spot and gets a death threat from the criminals she has uncovered. Before the day is over, she’s received a locket left by the mother she never knew the mother who was murdered when she was an infant. Within is a knotwork pattern, which has a hypnotic effect on her. Before she knows it, she’s transported herself to a parallel Earth, a world where knights on horseback chase their prey with automatic weapons, and where world skipping assassins lurk just on the other side of reality a world where her true family runs things. The six families of the Clan rule the kingdom of Gruinmarkt from behind the scenes, a mixture of nobility and criminal conspirators whose power to walk between the worlds makes them rich in both. Braids of family loyalty and intermarriage provide a fragile guarantee of peace, but a recently ended civil war has left the families shaken and suspicious. Taken in by her mother’s people, she becomes the star of the story of the century as Cinderella without a fairy godmother. As her mother’s heir, Miriam is hailed as the prodigal countess Helge Thorold Hjorth, and feted and feasted. Caught up in schemes and plots centuries in the making, Miriam is surrounded by unlikely allies, forbidden loves, lethal contraband, and, most dangerous of all, her family. Her unexpected return will supercede the claims of other clan members to her mother’s fortune and power, and whoever killed her mother will be happy to see her dead, too. Behind all this lie deeper secrets still, which threaten everyone and everything she has ever known. Patterns of deception and interlocking lies, as intricate as the knotwork between the universes. But Miriam is no one’s pawn, and is determined to conquer her new home on her own terms. Blending the creativity and humor of Roger Zelazny, the adventure of H. Beam Piper and Philip Jose Farmer, and the rigor and scope of a science fiction writer on the grandest scale, Charles Stross has set a new standard for fantasy epics.

The Hidden Family

In the tradition of Roger Zelazny’s classic Amber novels, the second volume of Charles Stross’s thrill a minute saga of multiple worlds. Miriam, a hip tech journalist from Boston, discovered her alternate world relatives in The Family Trade, and with them an elite identity she didn’t know was hers. Now, in order to avoid a slippery slope down to an unmarked grave, Miriam, known as Lady Helge to the Family, starts applying modern business practices and scientific knowledge to a trade dominated by mercantilists with unexpected consequences for three different timelines, including the quasi Victorian one exploited by The Hidden Family. Charles Stross is one of the big new SF writers of the 21st century, and the saga of The Merchant Princes is his most ambitious work yet.

The Clan Corporate

Miriam Beckstein has gotten in touch with her roots and they have nearly strangled her. A young, hip, business journalist in Boston, she discovered in The Family Trade that her family comes from an alternate reality, that she is very well connected, and that her family is a lot too much like the mafia for comfort. In addition, starting with the fact that women are family property and required to breed more family members with the unique talent to walk between worlds, she has tried to remain an outsider and her own woman. And start a profitable business in a third world she has discovered, outside the family reach recounted in The Hidden Family. She fell in love with a distant relative but he’s dead, killed saving her life. There have been murders, betrayals. Now, however, in The Clan Corporate, she may be overreaching. And if she gets caught, death or a fate worse is around the bend. There is for instance the brain damaged son of the local king who needs a wife. But they’d never make her do that, would they?

The Merchants’ War

Miriam Beckstein is a young, hip, business journalist in Boston. She discovered in The Family Trade and The Hidden Family that her family came from an alternate reality, that she was very well connected, and that her family was too much like the mafia for comfort. She found herself caught in a family trap in The Clan Corporate and betrothed to a brain damaged prince, and then all hell broke loose. Now, in The Merchants’ War, Miriam has escaped to yet another world and remains in hiding from both the Clan and their opponents. There is a nasty shooting war going on in the Gruinmarkt world of the Clan, and we know something that Miriam does not; something that she’s really going to hate if she lives long enough to find out.

The Revolution Business

Things are going badly for the Clan in this new SF novel of the Merchant Princes, the immensely popular series by Charles Stross. Locked in a vicious civil war for control over the kingdom of Niejwein, their army is bottled up inside a fortress under siege in two parallel universes at once. Duke Angbard, the Clan’s leader, has been laid low by a stroke: plotters are already conspiring in readiness for the deadly dance to come.

Miriam, rescued from a tight spot in New Britain, finds the hopes of the young, progressive faction focused on her. But do they want her as a leader or a figurehead? She soon finds herself thrown into a desperate struggle for power. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to the Clan, researchers working for the US government have achieved a technological breakthrough. The War on Terror is about to go transdimensional.

The Trade of Queens

A dissident faction of the Clan, the alternate universe group of families that has traded covertly with our world for a century or more, have carried nuclear devices between the worlds and exploded them in Washington, DC, killing the President of the United States. Now they will exterminate the rest of the Clan and keep Miriam Beckstein alive only long enough to bear her child, the heir to the throne of their land in the Gruinmarkt world. The worst and deepest secret is now revealed: behind the horrifying plot is a faction of the US government itself, preparing for a political takeover in the aftermath of disaster. There is no safe place for Miriam and her Clan except, perhaps, in the third alternate world, New Britain which has just had a revolution and a nuclear incident of its own. Charles Stross’s Merchant Princes series reaches a spectacular climax in this sixth volume. Praised by Nobel laureate Paul Krugman as ‘great fun,’ this is state of the art, cutting edge SF grown out of a fantastic premise.

The Atrocity Archives

In the title piece, Alan Turing, the father of modern computer science, completes his theorem on ‘Phase Conjugate Grammars for Extra dimensional Summoning’. Turing’s work paves the way for esoteric mathematical computations that, when carried out, have side effects that leak through a channel underlying the structure of the Cosmos. Out there in the multiverse are ‘listeners’ who can sometimes be coerced into opening gates. In 1945, Na*zi Germany’s Ahnenerbe SS, in an attempt to escape the Allied onslaught, performs just such a summoning on the souls of more than six million. A gate opens to an alternate universe through which the SS move people and material to live to fight another day. But their summoning brings forth more than the SS have bargained for an evil, patiently waiting all this time while learning the ways of humans, now poises to lunch on Earth. Secret intelligence agencies, esoteric theorems, Lovecraftian horrors, Middle East terrorist connections, a damsel in distress, and a final battle on the surface of a dying planet round out this story.

The Jennifer Morgue

Bob Howard a T shirt wearing computer geek and field agent for the super secret British government agency The Laundry must save the world from eldritch horrors, codenamed Jennifer Morgue, in this fast paced spy thriller. Bob’s current mission is to stop the evil Ellis Billington from achieving world domination, but he must overcome obstacles including the Gravedust device, which permits communication with the dead; destiny entanglement protocol; banishment weapons; and Ramona Random, a lethal but beautiful agent for the U.S. counterpart to The Laundry. Billington plans to raise the eldritch horror Jennifer Morgue from the vasty deeps, and communicate with a dead warrior for the purpose of ruling the world. Blending physics and applied mathematics with the practice of summoning and demonology, this spy meets horror novel will keep sci fi fans on the edge of their seats. This volume also includes a bonus story, ‘Pimpf,’ featuring agent Bob Howard in the world of virtual gaming, as well as an afterword entitled ‘The Golden Age of Spying.’

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…

Halting State

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 startup company that’s just been floated on the London stock exchange. The suspects are a band of marauding orcs, with a dragon in tow for fire support, and the bank is located within the virtual reality land of Avalon Four. For Smith, the investigation seems pointless. But she soon realizes that the virtual world may have a devastating effect in the real one and that someone is about to launch an attack upon both…

Rule 34

‘The most spectacular science fiction writer of recent years’ Vernor Vinge, author of Rainbows End presents a near future thriller. Detective Inspector Liz Kavanaugh is head of the Rule 34 Squad, monitoring the Internet to determine whether people are engaging in harmless fantasies or illegal activities. Three ex con spammers have been murdered, and Liz must uncover the link between them before these homicides go viral.

Saturn’s Children

Sometime in the twenty third century, humanity went extinct leaving only androids behind. Freya Nakamichi 47 is a femmebot, one of the last of her kind still functioning. With no humans left to pay for the pleasures she provides, she agrees to transport a mysterious package from Mercury to Mars. Unfortunately for Freya, she has just made herself a moving target for some very powerful, very determined humanoids who will stop at nothing to possess the contents of the package.


When Robin wakes up in a clinic with most of his memories missing, it doesn’t take him long to discover that someone’s trying to kill him. It’s the twenty seventh century, when interstellar travel is by teleport gate and conflicts are fought by network worms that censor refugees’ personalities including Robin’s earlier self. On the run from unknown enemies, he volunteers to participate in a unique experimental polity, the Glasshouse, constructed to simulate a preaccelerated culture. Participants are assigned anonymized identities: it looks like the ideal hiding place for a posthuman on the run. But in this escape proof environment, Robin will undergo an even more radical change, placing him at the mercy of the experimenters and at the mercy of his own unbalanced psyche.

Missile Gap

It’s 1976 again. Abba are on the charts, the Cold War is in full swing and the Earth is flat. It’s been flat ever since the eve of the Cuban war of 1962; and the constellations overhead are all wrong. Beyond the Boreal ocean, strange new continents loom above tropical seas, offering a new start to colonists like newly weds Maddy and Bob, and the hope of further glory to explorers like ex cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin: but nobody knows why they exist, and outside the circle of exploration the universe is inexplicably warped. Gregor, in Washington DC, knows but isn’t talking. Colonel General Gagarin, on a years long mission to go where New Soviet Man has not gone before, is going to find out. And on the edge of an ancient desert, beneath the aged stars of another galaxy, Maddy is about to come face to face with humanity’s worst fear???

Toast, and Other Stories

‘Bruce Sterling on speed? The imagination of Sterling squared? All of the glitz, glibly tossed off newly invented, or hybrid tech terms thrown at the reader like an info blizzard at hurricane force, but with more core storyline than in some of Sterling’s ‘Deep Eddy’ stories?…
if you like Sterling, you’re gonna love Stross. In an ironic sense, Bruce Sterling was the buffer we needed to be able to handle Charles Stross.’ Tangent.


Science fiction guru Charles Stross ‘sizzles with ideas’ Denver Post in his first major short story collection. The Hugo Award winning author of such groundbreaking and innovative novels as Accelerando, Halting State, and Saturn’s Children delivers a rich selection of speculative fiction including a novella original to this volume brought together for the first time in one collection, showcasing the limitless imagination of one of the twenty first century’s most daring visionaries.

The Web Architect’s Handbook

Provides an overview of web structure and shows how different types of web sites have different requirements. Teaches maintaining large publications, creating dynamic documents, and building a web site that is durable and usable. Paper.

The Recent Weird

For more than 80 years H.P. Lovecraft has inspired writers of supernatural fiction, artists, musicians, filmmakers, and gaming. His themes of cosmic indifference, the utter insignificance of humankind, minds invaded by the alien, and the horrors of history written with a pervasive atmosphere of unexplainable dread remain not only viable motifs, but are more relevant than ever as we explore the mysteries of a universe in which our planet is infinitesimal and climatic change is overwhelming it. In the first decade of the twenty first century the best supernatural writers no longer imitate Lovecraft, but they are profoundly influenced by the genre and the mythos he created. New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird presents some of the best of this new Lovecraftian fiction bizarre, subtle, atmospheric, metaphysical, psychological, filled with strange creatures and stranger characters eldritch, unsettling, evocative, and darkly appealing.

The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 2

An unabridged audio collection of the best of the best science fiction stories published in 2009 by current and emerging masters of the genre, as narrated by top voice talents. In Erosion, by Ian Creasey, A man tests the limits of his exo suit prior to leaving a dying Earth. In As Women Fight, by Sara Genge, a hunter, in a society of body switchers, has no time to train for a fight to inhabit his wife’s body. In A Story, with Beans, by Steven Gould, the role of religion in a dystopian future plagued with metal eating bugs is considered. In Events Preceding the Helvetican Renaissance, by John Kessel, a monk, in the far future, steals the only copy of a set of plays from a repressive regime and uses this loot to free his people. In On the Human Plan, by Jay Lake, a mysterious alien visits a far future, dying Earth in search of the death of Death. Set in the Jackaroo sequence, Crimes and Glory, by Paul McAuley, a detective chases a thief to recover alien technology that both aliens and humanity are desperate to recover. Set in the Lovecraftian Boojum universe, Mongoose by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear, a vermin hunter and his tentacled assistant come on board a space station to hunt toves and raths. In Before My Last Breath, by Robert Reed, a geologist discovers a strange fossil in a coal mine that leads to the discovery of a peculiar graveyard. In The Island, by Peter Watts, a woman on a spaceship must decide whether to place a stargate near an alien society that will ultimately destroy it. Finally, This Peaceable Land; or, The Unbearable Vision of Harriet Beecher Stowe, by Robert Charles Wilson, is an alternate American Civil War history in which the war was never fought, slavery gradually disappeared, and Uncle Tom s Cabin was never published. More than 9.5 hours on 8 CDs, read by Tom Dheere, Vanessa Hart, and J. P. Linton.

The Book of Cthulhu

The Cthulhu Mythos is one of the 20th century”s most singularly recognizable literary creations. Initially created by H. P. Lovecraft and a group of his amorphous contemporaries the so called ‘Lovecraft Circle’, The Cthulhu Mythos story cycle has taken on a convoluted, cyclopean life of its own. Some of the most prodigious writers of the 20th century, and some of the most astounding writers of the 21st century have planted their seeds in this fertile soil. The Book of Cthulhu harvests the weirdest and most corpulent crop of these modern mythos tales. From weird fiction masters to enigmatic rising stars, The Book of Cthulhu demonstrates how Mythos fiction has been a major cultural meme throughout the 20th century, and how this type of story is still salient, and terribly powerful today. Table of Contents: Caitlin R. Kiernan Andromeda among the Stones Ramsey Campbell The Tugging Charles Stross A Colder War Bruce Sterling The Unthinkable Silvia Moreno Garcia Flash Frame W. H. Pugmire Some Buried Memory Molly Tanzer The Infernal History of the Ivybridge Twins Michael Shea Fat Face Elizabeth Bear Shoggoths in Bloom T. E. D. Klien Black Man With A Horn David Drake Than Curse the Darkness Charles Saunders Jeroboam Henley”s Debt Thomas Ligotti Nethescurial Kage Baker Calamari Curls Edward Morris Jihad over Innsmouth Cherie Priest Bad Sushi John Hornor Jacobs The Dream of the Fisherman”s Wife Brian McNaughton The Doom that Came to Innsmouth Ann K. Schwader Lost Stars Steve Duffy The Oram County Whoosit Joe R. Lansdale The Crawling Sky Brian Lumley The Fairground Horror Tim Pratt Cinderlands Gene Wolfe Lord of the Land Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. To Live and Die in Arkham John Langan The Shallows Laird Barron The Men from Porlock


Fifteen original tales of ‘what if’

Some of today’s top science fiction writers explore the futures that might have been, including original stories from Julie E. Czerneda and other great names in the genre.

The Space Opera Renaissance

‘Space opera’, once a derisive term for cheap pulp adventure, has come to mean something more in modern SF: compelling adventure stories told against a broad canvas, and written to the highest level of skill. Indeed, it can be argued that the ‘new space opera’ is one of the defining streams of modern SF. Now, World Fantasy Award winning anthologists David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer have compiled a definitive overview of this subgenre, both as it was in the days of the pulp magazines, and as it has become in 2005. Included are major works from genre progenitors like Jack Williamson and Leigh Brackett, stylish midcentury voices like Cordwainer Smith and Samuel R. Delany, popular favorites like David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, and Ursula K. Le Guin, and modern day pioneers such as Iain M. Banks, Steven Baxter, Scott Westerfeld, and Charles Stross.

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