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Atrocity Archives, The

If you know and love Delta Green, Dark*Matter, or Call of Cthulhu, you'll get a huge kick out of Charles Stross's The Atrocity Archives, which is the most recent in a long line of reanimations and electrocardial shocks that have updated the Cthulhu mythos over the years. Mr. Stross makes the intersection of spy stuff, the IT department, bureaucratic infighting, and (oh yeah) eldritch horrors seem more than plausible, he makes it seem inevitable.

He's also the guy who invented the githyanki, githzerai, the slaad, and death knight, though that's neither here nor there. But it gives you an idea of the calibre of the man, though. I'd say roughly "elephant gun".


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Nov. 21st, 2006 04:37 am (UTC)
Also a Yvengling drinker, among his many other fine qualities. Buying him a beer was one of the highlights of Philcon.
Nov. 21st, 2006 06:39 am (UTC)
You are a fortunate man. I shoulda gone to Philcon.
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Nov. 21st, 2006 06:38 am (UTC)
Yeah, I loved Accelerando right up until the moment I put it down and stopped loving it. I enjoyed all of tAA.
Nov. 21st, 2006 05:14 pm (UTC)
Need to pick this up
Also still have a copy of an interview we did with him for the old planewalkers website a few years ago. Asked him a few questions about his FF entries.
Nov. 21st, 2006 07:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Need to pick this up
Oh? Is it posted publicly somewhere?
Nov. 22nd, 2006 12:05 am (UTC)
Re: Need to pick this up
Google Stross and Githyanki, it'll pop right up.
Nov. 22nd, 2006 11:16 am (UTC)
Ok, sold. Ordering this book pronto.
Nov. 22nd, 2006 10:31 pm (UTC)
Reciprocating Recommendations for Scottish Hard Sci-Fi Writers
His bibliography looks very interesting. I'll add one of his Accelerando books to my Christmas list.

Speaking of Scottish Hard Sci-Fi Writers, I heartily recommend the Culture novels of Iain Banks, especially Player of Games, Use of Weapons and Consider Phlebas.

Nov. 23rd, 2006 02:45 am (UTC)
Secret Eberron project is revealed?
Is this the Eberron project you were talking about earlier?


(The anonymous comment was me; LJ logged me out when I wasn't looking.)
Nov. 23rd, 2006 03:42 am (UTC)
Re: Secret Eberron project is revealed?
Yep, that's it! It was called "The Last War" when I was working on it, but apparently that was just a working title.
Nov. 23rd, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC)
Your mention was the final one I needed to go out and find this book; it's been mentioned half-a-dozen or so times on my friends lists in the past little while.

But holy god, what an awful cover:

I swear, a dragon vomiting pea soup would be an improvement.
Nov. 24th, 2006 05:14 am (UTC)
Oh, I dunno that pea soup cover was pretty weak. The copy I read was the Golden Griffon Press edition, which has a very respectable cover

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