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Dust jacket and interior illustrations by J. K. Potter Subterranean Press is proud to present an exclusive hardcover of Charles Stross’ Hugo award-winning. Welcome to the Stasis, the clandestine, near-omnipotent organization that stands at the heart of Charles Stross’s Hugo Award-winning novella, Palimpsest. Palimpsest. by Charles Stross. from Wireless (). Hugo Novella Winner Tags: Science Fiction, Hugo Winner, Novella.

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And the reason he was certain it was a test: Wall, magnification plus ten, repeat step, step, step.

They and their descendants had quietly fanned out throughout the local group of galaxies, traveling at barely a hundredth of the speed of light, visiting and mapping every star system and extrasolar planet within ten million light-years.

Craters, rills, drab, irregular features and a scattering of straight-edged rectangular crystals. Am I in free fall? The Starship Troopers of time travel. At least, to a first approximation.

The continents of Earth, no longer lit by the afterglow of intelligence, will drift into strange new configurations. You wanted to see me, he said. You played me like a flute, said Pierce. I have a transcript of your written correspondence here. It was an older you, he said mildly. He rose to leave. A murder of crows—seminary students flocking to the watering hole—was raucously establishing its pecking order in the vestibule, one of the sailors had fallen forward across the table while his fellow tried to rouse him, and a working girl in a red wrap was walking toward the back wall, humming tunelessly.

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What is the best way to make sure that the human species survives? So, why is someone trying to assassinate him? First, a brilliant turquoise circle chatles meters in diameter flickered open, hovering directly in front of the rear wall of the beer garden.

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There is no way to avoid that—and embracing this fact is the key to good time-travel fiction. Yellowstone was waking, and even the Stasis preferred to work around such brutal geological phenomena, rather than through them.

The Long Burn will last ten thousand centuries. About this Archive Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content. Maybe my year-old brain just didn’t have the strsos capacity to comprehend it without consulting a dictionary every few pages.

Palimpseste by Charles Stross

The Long Burn is by far the largest program of the Stasis. Continents jostle and shudder, rising and falling, as the lights strobe around their edges and occasionally in low equatorial orbit, whenever the Stasis permits a high-energy civilization to arise.

Earth lies dark and unpopulated once more, for humanity—as always—has gone extinct. Still powered by light sails, the new vehicles carry exotic machines for harvesting energy from the solar wind strkss storing it as antimatter. There were too many agents. Good science-fiction always gets the reader to think, often to think way outside the box, and Charles Stross has the mental power and writing stros to bring his stories to fruition in a way that provides challenges, and insights, and humor, and wonder for his audience’s delight.

His older self placed a restraining hand on her knee as he leaned forward. All that was left was for Pierce to politely bare his throat and hope for a favorable outcome. You can drink from that, if you like, or order refreshments by phone.

They were all aspects of Gaia, causally entangled slices through the set of all possible Earths that the Stasis called their own. The great landmass Rodina, which dominated the southern ocean beneath a cap of ice, has broken up and the shallow seas of the Panthalassic and Panafrican Oceans are hosting an astonishing proliferation of multicellular life.


Although Stross makes statements that seem to deny this, I find that the themes that permeate Accelerando tend to show up in most of the rest of his work, in some form or another.

Did they not record everything that happened to them? These are the healthy ones, the ones who survived the march. Already some of the smaller Jovian moons are missing; Thebe and Amalthea have vanished, and something appears to be eating Himalea.

Pierce began to fall as something, someone— Yarrow? I suppose so … Pierce trailed off, staring through the open window at the lower slopes of the hillside on which the clinic nestled. The general idea was interesting enough but carried out in a fairly patchy way with more space given to ideas than characters, and that never works well for me.


Pierce is a agent of Stasis, an organisation that uses extreme interventions through time to prevent the extinction of the human race. Glowing dull red beneath an atmosphere of carbon dioxide baked from its rocks, there will be no sign that this world ever harbored life.

You will see me again, eventually. Meddling with prehistory, before the establishment of the ubiquitous monitoring and recording technologies that ultimately fed the Library at the end of time, ought to be risk-free: Where did you get that jumpsuit?

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