Charles Stross

Award-winning science fiction author Charles Stross talks about what inspired him to become a writer and the ideas behind his novels.

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Author highlights in National Library of Scotland collections

'The atrocity archives'

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A cross-genre novel combining aspects of science fiction, Lovecraftian horror, and the classic British spy thriller. It was originally serialised by the now defunct British sci-fi magazine Spectrum SF then republished as 'The Atrocity Archives' (an omnibus containing 'The Atrocity Archive' and a sequel novella, 'The Concrete Jungle', plus a foreward by Ken MacLeod and an afterword by Stross). 'The Concrete Jungle' won the Hugo award for the best science fiction / fantasy novella in 2005.


'Singularity sky'

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Written before 'The atrocity archive', 'Singularity sky' is a post-singularity space opera. In a universe where the unseen but never unfelt force known as the Eschaton maintains the laws of relativity and cause-and-effect with an iron fist, the Festival comes to Rochard's World and changes it forever. The Festival seeks only to entertain and be entertained: promises whatever you want and has the power to deliver it, even to the poorest beggar on the planet. Rochard's World belongs to the New Republic, a state governed rigidly by hierarchy and tradition and ideology. The New Republic despatches a war fleet to deal with the threat, never imagining what will happen when ideologies and technologies collide.


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See also:

Other items relating to science fiction in Scotland:


- Gary Gibson's video

- Ken MacLeod's video

Science fiction at the Library

Visit the Scotland's science fiction treasures page for an overview of our sci-fi collections.


J T McIntosh collection consists of English and foreign language editions of his works, anthologies and science fiction periodicals.


The Moving Image Archive has a number of short science-fiction-related films, including a 1960s film entitled 'A Dalek in Glasgow streets'.


Listen to John Birch, a former sci-fi expert at the Library, talk about the appeal of science fiction. Watch video.

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