CHARLES STROSS was born in Leeds in England in 1964, but now lives in Edinburgh in Scotland, where he shares a flat with his wife, FeÚrag NicBhržde (who designed the stunning phoenix logo being used for this yearís P-CON website), as well as a large quantity of computers in various stages of age and functionality. He has degrees in pharmacy and computer science, and has previously worked as a pharmacist (a job he quit after the second time they were staked out by the police, anticipating an armed robbery), technical author, software engineer, and freelance computer journalist. He currently writes articles on Linux, Perl, and open source software, amongst other things, for publications such as Computer Shopper, Linux Format, and other magazines, as well as doing quite an amount of writing for netzines.
Charlie also writes science fiction, though. He has a collection of stories titled Toast out from Cosmos Books, and his first novel, Festival of Fools, was published in February 2003 as a trade paperback in the UK by Big Engine and in August as a hardback in the US by Ace Books, who have re-titled it Singularity Sky. He also has a second novel, The Atrocity Archive, previously serialised in issues 7-9 of Spectrum SF, and published as a hardback by Golden Gryphon in early 2004.
A sequel to Singularity Sky, Iron Sunrise is due out in hardback from Ace in the US in July 2004, with a mass-market paperback edition due there in July 2005 and the UK publication is probably due in February 2005. A Family Trade, the first volume of The Merchant Princes, was due to be published by Tor in October 2004. However, Charlie says, "This is a long novel. So long that Tor have split it into two volumes. The volumes are: A Family Trade, due October 2004, and The Hidden Family, due June 2005." Amazingly, there are even more books in the offing, with Accelerando due from Ace in July 2005, The Clan Corporate due from Tor in Dec 2005, and Glasshouse due from Ace in July 2006.
His novelette Lobsters was nominated in the 2003 Nebula Awards, having previously been nominated for the Hugo, Sturgeon , Locus and Asimovís Readersí Poll awards.
In his spare time, Charlie enjoys drinking alcoholic beverages from small breweries and collecting weird gadgets and orphan computers.