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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A 'singular' opportunity

“Novels are one of the few remaining areas of narrative storytelling where one person does almost all of the creative heavy lifting.” – Charles Stross

Born on this date in 1964, Stross is an award-winning British writer who specializes in hard science fiction and space opera, both short stories and novels.  He also writes freelance pieces about computer science and science in general – his two college degree specialties.  

Stross wrote his first science fiction story at age 12 and continued writing all the way through college.  After graduating with a degree in Pharmacy he went on to a graduate degree in computer science, then got back into writing in 2000, first as a technical author then as a fiction writer in 2002.

His first published short story, "The Boys,” actually appeared in 1987, and then became part of his first successful short story collection in 2002.    His first novel, Singularity Sky, was published 
in 2003 and went right to the top of bestseller lists,          
ultimately earning a nomination for Science Fiction’s top award, The Hugo.  Since then, several collections of his short stories have been nominated for both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award.

“I think,” Stross mused,  “that if there's one key insight science can bring to fiction, it's that fiction - the study of the human condition - needs to broaden its definition of the human condition.  Because the human condition isn't immutable and doomed to remain uniform forever.”

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