Charles Stross was born in Leeds, England, in 1964. He has worked as a pharmacist, software engineer and freelance journalist, but now writes full-time. Stross has won two Hugo awards and been nominated multiple times. He has also won the Locus Award for Best Novel, the Locus Award for Best Novella and has been shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke and Nebula Awards. In addition, his fiction has been translated into around a dozen languages. His novels include the popular Merchant Princes, Laundry Files and Empire Games series. Stross lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife Feorag, a couple of cats, several thousand books, and an ever-changing herd of obsolescent computers.
Stross's ferociously imaginative world-building is on full display here . . . few other writers can match him for humour, creativity and sheer density of ideas -- <i>SFX</i> on <i>Empire Games</i> Sheer brilliance: when Stross is in this mood, nobody else comes close -- <i>Kirkus</i> starred review on <i>Dark State</i> High-octane thriller action, mixed in with personal drama and some fantastically sympathetic characters -- <i>Starburst</i> on <i>Dark State</i> Mind-boggling, complex and truly brilliant -- <i>Daily Mail</i> on <i>Empire Games</i> When intrigue, politics and suspense are so well executed, it doesn't matter which realm, dimension or timeline the participants hail from. Add to that a sense of mischief, wit and humour and Charles Stross gives you the full package -- Chris Brookmyre on <i>Empire Games</i> Plenty of fun -- <i>Locus</i> on <i>Dark State</i>