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

Charles David George Stross (born 18 October 1964) is a British 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 [[Website/{{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 ''VideoGame/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}}''
** A third entry, ''The Lambda Functionary'', has been put on indefinite hold as a result of the rather unpredictable state of near-future Scottish politics, especially with regards to its devolution or independence.
* ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles'': Also known as The Bob Howard Series, about a special agent for the "Laundry", which is basically MI6 crossed with Creator/HPLovecraft.
** ''Literature/TheAtrocityArchive''
** ''Literature/TheJenniferMorgue''
* ''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 ''Literature/NeptunesBrood'': Set in a far-future where Humanity has gone extinct and the dominant intelligent beings are the robots we created in our image. WordOfGod suggests a possible third part of the series, but as the working title was implied to be ''Probing Uranus'' he may not have been entirely serious.

!! 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 Creator/PGWodehouse; enough to drive a cove near to distraction, as Uncle Philpott once remarked. (Additionally, there exists a Dalek.)
* CapturedSuperEntity: In "A Colder War", the Soviet Union does this to friggin' ''[[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Cthulhu]]''. It doesn't end well. [[spoiler: As in the original "The Call of Cthulhu," the eponymous godlike superentity is not imprisoned by any means—only sleeping. When the Soviets get nervous about US activity and poke him hard enough to wake him up, they hope he'll obliterate NATO. Instead he consumes indiscriminately and walks west, murdering the world and bringing about arguably the darkest ending in the entire Mythos.]]
** Played straight in that the Soviets do have control over at least four shoggoths. Averted in that Saddam Hussein tries to summon and bind Yog-Sothoth to attack Iran. Doesn't end well for him or the Middle East in general.
* DeadlyGraduation: The UsefulNotes/{{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 Franchise/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.
* FateWorseThanDeath: In "A Colder War", everybody the eater of souls devours is ''still conscious''. In its own words:
-->"There is life eternal within the eater of souls. Nobody is ever forgotten or allowed to rest in peace. They populate the simulation spaces of its mind, exploring all the possible alternative endings to their life. There ''is'' a fate worse than death, you know.''
* MindScrew: Did the protagonist of "A Colder War" escape to XK-Masada with Ollie North, Reagan, and other high-ranking US officials, or [[spoiler: is all of this just another iteration of their deaths being played out in the mindscape of Cthulhu, meaning that humanity is well and truly extinct]]?