Search Results: "Randall Stross"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 2008

"Occasionally pedestrian but always interesting take on the organization that simply wants to organize the world's information…all of it."
Yes, the Googleplex is trying to take over the world, but in the end this vaunted company is just as fallible as the others. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"A superficial examination of the tech elite."
An inside look at a Silicon Valley training program for nascent online companies. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Apart from this, a perceptive briefing on a consequential corporation that arguably qualifies as a national treasure."
An offbeat overview of Microsoft, the Johnny-come-lately enterprise that dominates the widening world of PC programming and is now laying careful plans to make itself a force to be reckoned with in the as yet undefined field of multimedia. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 18, 1993

"Nevertheless: a fascinating, though overlong, glimpse of glittering Silicon Valley in the 1980's. (Eight-page photo insert—not seen)"
A searing portrait of Steve Jobs, the California boy wonder who—having co-founded Apple Computer in his garage in 1979—went on to make a ``bid of entrepreneurial history'' with a $600-million disaster of a high-end, high-tech company called NeXT. Read full book review >

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WIRELESS by Charles Stross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2009

"Fans will want to check this out, but newcomers will be far better off with any one of Stross's vastly superior novels."
Nine stories from the past decade showcase the author's hard-science, hi-tech comfort zone, but also his desire to push boundaries. Read full book review >

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THE DELIRIUM BRIEF by Charles Stross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Stross still spins a heck of a yarn."
Stross' Laundry Files series, of which this is No. 8 (The Nightmare Stacks, 2016, etc.), is a weird but effective mashup of Lovecraft-ian horror, espionage thriller, science fiction, and satire, centering around a top-secret British government agency devoted to fighting "the sort of thing you expect to meet in an episode of The X-Files." Read full book review >

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EMPIRE GAMES by Charles Stross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"An absorbing but ultimately underwhelming yarn that patiently builds on existing foundations without venturing a conclusion or even a cliffhanger."
Espionage and Cold War paranoia prevail as near-future governments in alternate timelines test one another's defenses and capabilities in this opening installment of a science-fiction trilogy and sequel to the six-volume Merchant Princes series (The Trade of Queens, 2010, etc.) Read full book review >

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THE RHESUS CHART by Charles Stross
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2014

"Stross at the top of his game—which is to say, few do it better. Pounce!"
Fifth in the Laundry Files series (The Apocalypse Codex, 2012, etc.), Stross' stunning incarnation of magic as a branch of applied mathematics. As always, of course, the devils are in the details. Read full book review >

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NEPTUNE'S BROOD by Charles Stross
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 2, 2013

"Agreeable characters, a fascinating backdrop and brilliant plotting, with a further outlook of lengthy grins and occasional guffaws."
In the same universe as Saturn's Children (2008) but thousands of years later, Stross invents an entire interstellar banking system, shows us how it works—and then how to defraud it. Read full book review >

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GLASSHOUSE by Charles Stross
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 4, 2006

"A perfectly tuned combination of gravitas and glee (the literary/cultural references are a blast). Stross's enthralling blend of action, extrapolation and analysis delivers surprise after surprise."
Far-future mind control, from British author Stross (Accelerando, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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ACCELERANDO by Charles Stross
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 5, 2005

"Cutting-edge science fiction from the brightest star in the new British invasion."
A fix-up novel linking together Stross's innovative "Lobsters" stories. Read full book review >

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RULE 34 by Charles Stross
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 5, 2011

"Dazzling, chilling and brilliant."
Another detective joins the celebrated ranks of Edinburgh's finest, this one with Stross' distinctive science-fictional twist. Read full book review >