-->''"Manfred's on the road again, making strangers rich."''\\
-- ''[[http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/fiction/accelerando/accelerando-intro.html Accelerando]]''

SpeculativeFiction author with a bent for PostCyberpunk work dealing with [[{{Transhuman}} posthumanism]] and TheSingularity, but who also has a vast array of other fiction out there. Early in his career, he invented several iconic TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons monsters, including the Death Knight, githyanki and githzerai, and slaadi. He's also [[http://www.lspace.org/fandom/afp/timelines/afp-timeline.html on record]] as being responsible for bringing FootnoteFever to [[{{Usenet}} alt.fan]].[[Creator/TerryPratchett pratchett]].

!!Works by Charles Stross with a page on this wiki:
* ''Literature/{{Accelerando}}'' and ''Literature/{{Glasshouse}}'': Two books (and [[WordOfGod a third planned]]) that explore the concept of TheSingularity and its aftermath. Despite similarities in setting, not meant to be set in the same universe.
* ''Literature/TheEschatonSeries'': A far-future series featuring UN weapons inspector Rachel Mansour and Martin Springfield, set in a universe where a [[AGodAmI godlike AI]] called the "Eschaton" has spread humanity across the stars.
* The ''Literature/HaltingState'' series: TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, EverythingIsOnline, including the criminals and police. A beat cop, an accountant, and a computer game programmer are called in to investigate a bank robbery in a ''WorldOfWarcraft''-[[{{Expy}} esque]] online game, which quickly proves to [[GonnaNeedMoreTrope be more than it seems]]. Narrated in [[SecondPersonNarration the Second Person]], in the style of choose-your-own-adventure games.
** ''Literature/HaltingState''
** ''Literature/{{Rule 34}}''
* ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'': Also known as The Bob Howard Series, about a special agent for the "Laundry", which is basically MI6 crossed with Creator/HPLovecraft.
* ''Literature/TheMerchantPrincesSeries'': A journalist discovers she has the ability to travel to an AlternateUniverse at will, where her long-lost family are powerful traders.
* ''Literature/SaturnsChildren'' and its sequel ''Neptune's Brood'': The adventures of a SexBot in a world where humanity has gone extinct, taking her purpose in life with them.

!! Other works include:
* "[[http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/stories/colderwar.htm A Colder War]]", a novella combining the RedScare with the Franchise/CthulhuMythos with terrifying results.
* "[[http://subterraneanpress.com/magazine/spring_2007/fiction_missile_gap_by_charles_stross/ Missile Gap]]", a novella combining the Cold War and the late Space Age with science and a bit of the fantastic. To say too much about the plot would be to give it away.
!! Tropes in his other works:
* AirborneAircraftCarrier: The ekranoplan aircraft carrier from "Missile Gap" technically counts. (Ekranoplans are ground-effect-vehicles, and thus fly only at ''very'' low altitudes.)
* AntiquatedLinguistics: The story "[[http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/winter-2008/audio-trunk-and-disorderly-by-charles-stross/ Trunk and Disorderly]]" is set in Modern Times (centuries after the near-collapse of the human race) but is written in the barbaric yet spiffing idiom natural to the early 20th Century master PGWodehouse; enough to drive a cove near to distraction, as Uncle Philpott once remarked. (Additionally, there exists a Dalek.)
* CapturedSuperEntity: In "A Colder War" by Creator/CharlesStross, the Soviet Union does this to friggin' ''[[CthulhuMythos Cthulhu]]''. It doesn't end well.
* DeadlyGraduation: The {{Hugo|Award}}-winning novella "Palimpsest" has a unique variation: the final test for a time agent is to go back in time and murder [[spoiler:''yourself''.]]
* DomedHometown: In the CthulhuMythos AlternateHistory short story, "A Colder War", the last survivors of the human race eke out their existence in XK-Masada, a city on an alien planet built beneath a mile-high dome designed by Buckminster Fuller.