Science fiction guru Charles Stross "sizzles with ideas" (Denver Post) in his first major short story collection.
It has been said that the natural state of science fiction is the short story. If that is so, you won't find a better exporation of that state than Charles Stross's new collection. Centred around an original and previously-unpublished novella, Palimpsest, WIRELESS is a showcase of some of the best short SF of the 21st century. With a introduction from the author and containing hitherto uncollected works such as, ""Missile Gap"
"Prolific novelist Stross pauses to collect short stories that have not (yet) been stitched up into his longer work. Stories that move the U.S.-U.S.S.R. conflict onto a massive disk in another galaxy (Locus Award-winner "Missile Gap"), offer a spam-filter solution to the Fermi paradox ("MAXOS") and suggest clever bargains with the devil in a newly frozen Scotland ("Snowball's Chance") demonstrate Stross's ability to crisscross genres, blending SF, fantasy, horror and espionage. He also pays homage to his literary forebears, combining Lovecraft and the Iran-Contra scandal ("The Colder War") and bringing in Carl Sagan and Stephen Jay Gould as characters. Though individual pieces are well-done and deservedly popular, the collection has an overall sense of early drafts and reworkings of other pieces, as with "Trunk and Disorderly," a P.G. Wodehouse-on-Mars "test run" for 2008's Saturn's Children." Publishers Weekly
Charles Stross is a full-time writer who was born in Leeds, England in 1964. He studied in London and Bradford, gaining degrees in pharmacy and computer science, and has worked in a variety of jobs, including pharmacist, technical author, software engineer, and freelance journalist.