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The world's first science fiction/Lovecraftian horror/Humorous spy thriller – for most other writers that would be marketing hyperbole, for Charlie Stross it’s true. Bob Howard is a low-level techie working for a super-secret government agency. While his colleagues are out saving the world, Bob's under a desk restoring lost data. None of them receive any thanks for the jobs they do, but at least a techie doesn't risk getting shot or eaten in the line of duty. Bob's world is dull but safe, and that's the way it should have stayed; but then he went and got Noticed.

Now, Bob Howard is up to his neck in spycraft, alternative universes, dimension-hopping Nazis, Middle Eastern terrorists, damsels in distress, ancient Lovecraftian horror and the end of the world. Only one thing is certain: it will take more than control-alt-delete to sort this mess out… The Hugo Award-winning Charlie Stross has carved out a name for himself as one of the most important new wave of Brit SF authors to emerge in the last few years with books like Glasshouse, Accelerando and Iron Sunrise. He’s gained a large following here and in the US for his mix of ingenious plots, his grasp of possible future technologies and societies and his trademark dark humour which leavens his work. Any contemporary collection of quality SF demands some Stross on its shelves.


Where Charles Stross goes today, the rest of SF will follow tomorrow,” Gardener Dozois.


Orbit, paperback, 336 pages, published July 2007


Author: Charles Stross




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