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Palimpsest Palimpsest by Charles Stross
reviewed by Christopher DeFilippis
Pierce has been recruited by the Stasis, a seemingly omnipotent organization that has charged itself with the preservation and reseeding of mankind throughout Earth's extinction events, and collecting the knowledge of countless human civilizations in a vast library located literally at the end of the world. Stasis agents use timegates to carry out this work, traveling to any of the two and a half million human epochs to record the entirety of the human experience. But equally important as history to the Stasis is unhistory, and the timeline is riddled with palimpsests.

The Fuller Memorandum The Fuller Memorandum by Charles Stross
reviewed by Ernest Lilley
Besides the obvious and delightful spy-geek-Chuthluian horror cocktail that Charles Stross shakes together in his Laundry series, there's a bit of Stargate to it, what with the openings of gates into otherwhere and heroic types stepping through them. It has been that way since the beginning, when our man from the Laundry, a geek turned applied demonologist and secret agent, stepped through a hole in space to rescue the damsel in distress.

Saturn's Children Saturn's Children by Charles Stross
reviewed by Michael M Jones
Two centuries after mankind died out, its legacy continues, as all manner of self-aware robots have spread out to conquer the solar system, building outposts and cities from Mercury to Eris, and beyond. Some made in the image of their creators, others built for very specialized jobs, they've created a society all their own, as complex as any humans ever formed. From living hotels and spaceships to decadent slave-owning aristocracy, they pursue their dreams and schemes. Enter Freya, one of a dwindling number of femmebots, robots originally designed to bring pleasure and companionship to their human masters, now obsolete and purposeless in an all-robot universe.

The Jennifer Morgue The Jennifer Morgue by Charles Stross
reviewed by Stuart Carter
Bob Howard, like James Bond, works for the British Secret Service -- but that's where the resemblance ends. Howard is a computer networks manager for the Laundry, the arm of the British Secret Service that deals with events that, for want of a better word, we might label "occult." "Lovecraftian" might also do, even "transdimensional" at a pinch, but not "glamorous" -- never glamorous.

Missile Gap Missile Gap by Charles Stross
reviewed by Stuart Carter
During the Cuban missile crisis of 1962 everything on Earth was transplanted onto a gigantic flat disc in the Lesser Magellanic Cloud one million years in the future. But the old Cold War rivalries have continued unabated. Maddy Holbright and husband Joe are part of the ongoing US colonisation efforts, sailing for six months across this vast new world to start a new life in New Iowa, and Gregor Samsa is some kind of secret agent. He is working in a shell-shocked USA, still coming to terms with its superpower status being rendered functionally irrelevant in this strange new world. There he meets a certain Dr. Carl Sagan.

The Clan Corporate The Clan Corporate by Charles Stross
reviewed by Rich Horton
This is the third of a continuing series of books that began with The Family Trade, followed by The Hidden Family. Miriam makes some political blunders trying to make space for herself, and she finds her mother not exactly on her side. To her despair, she finds herself threatened with marriage to the mentally handicapped younger son of the King. And she has made an enemy of the sadistic elder brother to her putative future husband. Mike Fleming is stunned by the revelations of the existence of a possibly inimical foreign government with agents that can literally disappear to another world.

Glasshouse Glasshouse by Charles Stross
reviewed by Peter D. Tillman
Set in the Invisible Republic, a splinter-polity recovering from the Censorship Wars, Robin, who may have been a tank regiment or a counter-intelligence agent (he's not sure -- his memory isn't what it used to be), meets Kay. They both sign up for an experimental historical-roleplaying project, which has the stated objective of recreating one of the historic Dark Ages, c.1950-2040 AD. You shouldn't be surprised to learn that things are not as they seem to be.

The Hidden Family/Accelerando The Hidden Family/Accelerando The Hidden Family and Accelerando by Charles Stross
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
Science fiction writers are renowned for their ability to juggle several ideas at once, keeping their readers' heads spinning right to the end of the story. There are few writers, however, who can keep those ideas flying in two very different books at once, one an homage to classic fantasy and the other poised on the edge of where science fiction is heading right now. Charles Stross is one of those few.

The Atrocity Archives The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross
reviewed by Rich Horton
The novel is a neat mix of horrific fantasy -- demons and Lovecraftian monsters and the like -- with smart contemporary SF. Add aspects of spy thrillers and Dilbertian office comedy, and throw in Nazis and nasty Islamists and a very secret branch of British Intelligence. It's told very wittily, though the central horrors are still pretty scary. The overall tone is snarky and fun, not horrific.

Singularity Sky Singularity Sky by Charles Stross
reviewed by Alma A. Hromic
The story is a smorgasbord of ideas and tropes, from the chrysalis of a decadent futuristic Russian empire on the verge of emerging into a Soviet butterfly to an utterly alien culture which does things for its own reasons unfathomable to men but which still retains enough "humanity" to occasionally turn sharply funny. There's a nod to Terry Pratchett with Rachel Mansour's walkabout Luggage, and then there are pure flights of fun -- like the warship that looks like a "...cubist's version of a rabies virus crossed with a soft drink can..."

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