Charlie Stross on spooks: paranoid, fumbling, all-powerful


Charlie can help move things along by:

Carefully removing the toner cartridge from his laser printer every evening

Going to the roof, or some other place with a view of the sea.

Point the toner cartridge at the water. Tap it randomly for a minute or two.

Return home. Reinstall laser cartridge. Make an entry in a logbook with black crayon.


nothing is more flexible than a war on an abstraction

Ain’t that the truth? There is never a surrender with a white flag, and there are always more suspicions about a new something something that we can’t tell you about, but we are following it in the shadows, always. Shush.


And they believed James Bond movie props were real, and told the Soviet industrial complex to make them some. (Which then didn’t work, because James Bond movie gadgets are just film props. But I digress.)

At least one of those film props might be working pretty soon if a certain billionaire tinkerer has his way.

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I can’t tell. Is this snark or something that would really screw with intelligence agencies?

Well it might make the printer more tractable, somehow. Can’t hurt to try. Fuck’s sake, something’s got to work…

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I just finished tearing through Charlie Stross’s Laundry novels, which I described to a friend as “part Lovecraft, part Torchwood, all awesome.” (I should also have added X-Files and James Bond in there.) Start with one of the short stories, like Equoid or Overtime — after I’d read those two stories on, I immediately proceeded to purchase the whole series of novels, because they were that awesome.

Looks like I’m going to be purchasing the Merchant Princes novels, too. I don’t usually have the patience for fat fantasy-novel series, but if they’re really Charlie Stross spy novels in disguise, that changes everything.

Bah: if Elon REALLY wants to impress people, build a REAL Iron Man Suit.

Now, mind you, I like Charlie’s stuff, but his older books are, at least in my opinion, better than the more recent ones.

“Accelerando”, in particular, was AMAZING, and I rather liked the Eschaton books, but he’s starting to get a little pretentious, and, well. . . .Scalzifying. . . heck, the best description of “Jupiter’s Children” I’ve read is “cyber-porn”.

I’d have more respect for his opinions on intelligence and intelligence-gathering if he had spent some time WORKING in that world…

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