Utility fog is a hypothetical collection of tiny robots that can replicate a physical structure. As such, it is a form of self-reconfiguring modular robotics. Hall thought of it as a nanotechnological replacement for car seatbelts; the robots would be microscopic, with extending arms reaching in several different directions, could perform three-dimensional lattice reconfiguration. Grabbers at the ends of the arms would allow the robots to mechanically link to one another and share both information and energy, enabling them to act as a continuous substance with mechanical and optical properties that could be varied over a wide range; each foglet would have substantial computing power, would be able to communicate with its neighbors. In the original application as a replacement for seatbelts, the swarm of robots would be spread out, the arms loose, allowing air flow between them. In the event of a collision the arms would lock into their current position, as if the air around the passengers had abruptly frozen solid.
The result would be to spread any impact over the entire surface of the passenger's body. While the foglets would be micro-scale, construction of the foglets would require full molecular nanotechnology. Hall suggests; each arm would have four degrees of freedom. The foglets' bodies would be made of aluminum oxide rather than combustible diamond to avoid creating a fuel air explosive. Hall and his correspondents soon realised that utility fog could be manufactured en masse to occupy the entire atmosphere of a planet and replace any physical instrumentality necessary to human life. By foglets exerting concerted force an object or human could be carried from location to location. Virtual buildings could be constructed and dismantled within moments, enabling the replacement of existing cities and roads with farms and gardens. While molecular nanotech might replace the need for biological bodies, utility fog would remain a useful peripheral with which to perform physical engineering and maintenance tasks.
Thus, utility fog came to be known as ″the machine of the future". Claytronics Grey goo Molecular machines Nanorobotics Nanotechnology Programmable matter Self-reconfiguring modular robotics Smartdust Synthetic biology The Invincible, a 1964 science fiction novel with intrigue centered on nanobotic swarms Utility Fog at Nanotech Now, many links
Interstellar is a 2014 science fiction film directed, co-written, co-produced by Christopher Nolan. It stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Caine. Set in a dystopian future where humanity is struggling to survive, the film follows a group of astronauts who travel through a wormhole near Saturn in search of a new home for humanity. Brothers Christopher and Jonathan Nolan wrote the screenplay, which had its origins in a script Jonathan developed in 2007. Christopher produced Interstellar with his wife, Emma Thomas, through their production company Syncopy, with Lynda Obst through Lynda Obst Productions. Caltech theoretical physicist Kip Thorne was an executive producer, acted as scientific consultant, wrote a tie-in book, The Science of Interstellar. Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures co-financed the film. Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema shot it on 35 mm in IMAX 70 mm. Principal photography began in late 2013 and took place in Alberta and Los Angeles.
Interstellar uses extensive practical and miniature effects and the company Double Negative created additional digital effects. Interstellar premiered on October 2014, in Los Angeles, California. In the United States, it was first released on film stock, expanding to venues using digital projectors; the film had a worldwide gross of over $677 million, making it the tenth-highest-grossing film of 2014. Interstellar received critical praise for its themes, visual effects, musical score, acting. At the 87th Academy Awards, the film won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, was nominated for Best Original Score, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing and Best Production Design. In the mid-21st century, crop blights and dust storms threaten humanity's survival. Corn is the last viable crop; the world has evolved into a post-truth society where younger generations are taught ideas such as the Apollo moon missions were faked. Widowed engineer and former NASA pilot Joseph Cooper is now a farmer. Living with him are his father-in-law, Donald.
When strange dust patterns inexplicably appear on Murphy's bedroom floor, she attributes the anomaly to a ghost. Cooper deduces the patterns were caused by gravity variations and are a binary code for geographic coordinates. Cooper follows the coordinates to a secret NASA facility headed by Professor John Brand, Cooper's former supervisor. Professor Brand says. Forty-eight years earlier, unknown beings positioned a wormhole near Saturn, opening a path to a distant galaxy with twelve habitable worlds located near a black hole named Gargantua. Twelve volunteers traveled through the wormhole to individually survey the planets. Astronauts Miller and Mann reported positive results. Based on their data, Professor Brand conceived two plans to ensure humanity's survival. Plan A involves developing a gravitational propulsion theory to propel a mass exodus, while Plan B involves launching the Endurance spacecraft carrying 5,000 frozen human embryos to colonize a habitable planet. Cooper is recruited to pilot the Endurance.
The crew includes scientists Dr. Amelia Brand, Dr. Romilly, Dr. Doyle, robots TARS and CASE. Before leaving, Cooper gives a distraught Murphy his wristwatch to compare their relative time for when he returns. After traversing the wormhole, Romilly studies the black hole while Cooper and Amelia descend in a landing craft to investigate Miller's planet, an ocean world. After finding wreckage from Miller's ship, a gigantic tidal wave kills Doyle and delays the lander's departure. Due to the proximity of the black hole, time is dilated; as a result, 23 years have elapsed for Romilly on Endurance by the time Brand return. Edmunds' planet has better telemetry, while Mann broadcasts positive data. Cooper rules to use their remaining fuel to reach Mann's planet. On Mann's planet, the Endurance crew revive him from cryostasis. Meanwhile, now a scientist, has transmitted a message announcing Professor Brand has died, she has learned. Plan B was always Professor Brand's only option. Murphy accuses Cooper of knowing those left on Earth were doomed.
Mann's frozen planet is uninhabitable. Mann attempts to murder Cooper escapes in a lander and heads for the Endurance. Romilly is killed by Mann's booby trap and Amelia and Cooper race to the Endurance in another lander. Mann dies during a failed manual docking operation damaging the Endurance. After a difficult docking maneuver, Cooper regains control of Endurance. With insufficient fuel to reach Edmunds' planet, they use a slingshot maneuver so close to Gargantua that time dilation adds another 51 years. In the process, Cooper and TARS jettison themselves to shed weight and ensure Endurance reaches Edmunds' planet. Slipping through the event horizon of Gargantua, they eject from their respective craft and find themselves inside a massive tesseract constructed by future humans. Across different time periods, Cooper can see through the bookcases of Murphy's old room on Earth and weakly interact with its gravity. Cooper realizes he was Murphy's "ghost" and manipulates the second hand of the wristwatch he gave her, using Morse Code to transmit the quantum data that TARS collected from inside the event horizon.
Cooper and TARS are ejected from the tesseract. Cooper awakens on a space habitat orbiting Saturn. Using the quantum data sent by Cooper, the younger Murphy solved the gravitational propulsion theory
Alan Moore is an English writer known for his work in comic books including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, The Ballad of Halo Jones, From Hell. Regarded by some as the best graphic novel writer in the English language, he is recognized among his peers and critics, he has used such pseudonyms as Curt Vile, Jill de Ray, Translucia Baboon. Moore started writing for British underground and alternative fanzines in the late 1970s before achieving success publishing comic strips in such magazines as 2000 AD and Warrior, he was subsequently picked up by the American DC Comics, as "the first comics writer living in Britain to do prominent work in America", he worked on major characters such as Batman and Superman developed the character Swamp Thing, penned original titles such as Watchmen. During that decade, Moore helped to bring about greater social respectability for comics in the United States and United Kingdom, he prefers the term "comic" to "graphic novel". In the late 1980s and early 1990s he left the comic industry mainstream and went independent for a while, working on experimental work such as the epic From Hell and the prose novel Voice of the Fire.
He subsequently returned to the mainstream in the 1990s, working for Image Comics, before developing America's Best Comics, an imprint through which he published works such as The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and the occult-based Promethea. Moore is an occultist, ceremonial magician, anarchist, has featured such themes in works including Promethea, From Hell, V for Vendetta, as well as performing avant-garde spoken word occult "workings" with The Moon and Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre of Marvels, some of which have been released on CD. Despite his own personal objections, his works have provided the basis for a number of Hollywood films, including From Hell, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, V for Vendetta, Watchmen. Moore has been referenced in popular culture, has been recognised as an influence on a variety of literary and television figures including Neil Gaiman, Joss Whedon, Damon Lindelof, he has lived a significant portion of his life in Northampton, he has said in various interviews that his stories draw from his experiences living there.
Moore was born on 18 November 1953, at St Edmund's Hospital in Northampton to a working-class family who he believed had lived in the town for several generations. He grew up in a part of Northampton known as The Boroughs, a poverty-stricken area with a lack of facilities and high levels of illiteracy, but he nonetheless "loved it. I loved the people. I loved the community and... I didn't know that there was anything else." He lived in his house with his parents, brewery worker Ernest Moore, printer Sylvia Doreen, with his younger brother Mike and his maternal grandmother. He "read omnivorously" from the age of five, getting books out of the local library, subsequently attended Spring Lane Primary School. At the same time, he began reading comic strips British strips, such as Topper and The Beezer, but also American imports such as The Flash, Detective Comics, Fantastic Four, Blackhawk, he passed his 11-plus exam, was therefore eligible to go to Northampton Grammar School, where he first came into contact with people who were middle class and better educated, he was shocked at how he went from being one of the top pupils at his primary school to one of the lowest in the class at secondary.
Subsequently, disliking school and having "no interest in academic study", he believed that there was a "covert curriculum" being taught, designed to indoctrinate children with "punctuality and the acceptance of monotony". In the late 1960s Moore began publishing his own poetry and essays in fanzines setting up his own fanzine, Embryo. Through Embryo, Moore became involved in a group known as the Northampton Arts Lab; the Arts Lab subsequently made significant contributions to the magazine. He began dealing the hallucinogenic LSD at school, being expelled for doing so in 1970 – he described himself as "one of the world's most inept LSD dealers"; the headmaster of the school subsequently "got in touch with various other academic establishments that I'd applied to and told them not to accept me because I was a danger to the moral well-being of the rest of the students there, true."Whilst continuing to live in his parents' home for a few more years, he moved through various jobs, including cleaning toilets and working in a tannery.
In late 1973, he met and began a relationship with Northampton-born Phyllis Dixon, with whom he moved into "a little one-room flat in the Barrack Road area in Northampton". Soon marrying, they moved into a new council estate in the town's eastern district while he worked in an office for a sub-contractor of the local gas board. Moore felt that he was not being fulfilled by this job, so decided to try to earn a living doing something more artistic. Abandoning his office job, he decided to instead take up both writing and illustrating his own comics, he had produced a couple of strips for several alternative fanzines and magazines, such as Anon E. Mouse for the local paper Anon, St. Pancras Panda, a parody of Paddington Bear, for the Oxford-based Back Street Bugle, his first paid work was for a few drawings that were printed in NME, not long after he succeeded in getting a series about a private detective known as Roscoe Moscow published using the pseudonym of Curt Vile (a pun on the name of composer Kur
Singularity Sky is a science fiction novel by author Charles Stross, published in 2003. It was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2004. A sequel, Iron Sunrise, was published that same year. Together the two are referred to as the Eschaton novels, after a near-godlike intelligence that exists in both; the novel follows the ill-fated military campaign by a repressive state, the New Republic, to retaliate for a perceived invasion of one of its colony worlds. In actuality, the planet has been visited by the Festival, a technologically advanced alien or posthuman race that rewards its hosts for "entertaining" them by granting whatever the entertainer wishes, including the Festival's own technology; this causes extensive social and political disruption to the colony, limited by the New Republic to technology equivalent to that found on Earth during the Industrial Revolution. Aboard the New Republic's flagship, an engineer and intelligence operative from Earth covertly attempt to prevent the use of a forbidden technology—and fall in love along the way.
Themes of the novel include transhumanism, the impact of a sudden technological singularity on a repressive society, the need for information to be free Its narrative encompasses space opera and elements of steampunk and science fantasy. Intertwined within are social and political satire, Stross's trademark dark humour and subtle literary and cultural allusions. Stross wrote the novel during his first attempt at the form, it was not his first novel to be published, but it was the first to be published in book form. Its original title, Festival of Fools, was changed to avoid confusion with Richard Paul Russo's Ship of Fools. Singularity Sky takes place in the early 23rd century, around 150 years after an event referred to by the characters as the Singularity. Shortly after the Earth's population topped 10 billion, computing technology began reaching the point where artificial intelligence could exceed that of humans through the use of closed timelike curves to send information to its past. One day, 90% of the population inexplicably disappeared.
Messages left behind, both on computer networks and in monuments placed on the Earth and other planets of the inner solar system carry a short statement from the apparent perpetrator of this event: I am the Eschaton. I am descended from you, exist in your future. Thou shalt not violate causality within my historic light cone. Or else. Earth collapses politically and economically in the wake of this population crash. Anarchism replaces nation-states. A century the first interstellar missions, using quantum tunnelling-based jump drives to provide effective faster-than-light travel without violating causality, are launched. One that reaches Barnard's Star finds what happened to those who disappeared from Earth: they were sent to colonise other planets via wormholes that took them back one year in time for every light-year the star was from Earth, it is learned, these colonies were scattered across a 6,000-ly area of the galaxy, all with the same message from the Eschaton etched onto a prominent monument somewhere.
There is evidence that the Eschaton has enforced the "or else" through drastic measures, such as inducing supernovae or impact events on the civilisation that attempted to create causality-violating technology. Earth and the colonies re-establish relations and trade; some of the latter had regained the same, or higher, technological levels due in part to the "cornucopia machines", molecular assemblers that can recreate objects in predefined patterns or duplicate others, the Eschaton left them with. Transhumanist technologies that came into being before or during the Singularity, such as cybernetic implants, anti-aging and life extension treatments, are in wide use. Spaceships use antimatter and electron-sized black holes as propulsion; some colonies, rejected or restricted use of advanced technology for social, cultural or political reasons, instead of devolving into anarchism as Earth did, have replicated politically restrictive states from Earth's history. The novel takes place on two planets of the New Republic.
Its original settlers were predominantly from Eastern Europe, where many recalled the economic dislocation that followed the fall of communism there. The victorious side in an earlier civil war destroyed the sole remaining cornucopia machine, imposed a and politically repressive feudalist regime that limits most technology to a level consistent with Europe at the end of the 19th century to guarantee everyone a place in society, with accompanying Victorian social mores. Despite this, there are still those who rebel and plan uprisings, along similar lines to those that happened in the historical Eastern Europe of that era; the Festival, a civilisation of uploaded minds, arrives at Rochard's World, an outlying colony of the New Republic. It begins breaking down objects in the system to make technology for its stay, it begins making contact with the inhabitants of the planet by dropping cell phones, forbidden to most citizens of the planet, from low orbit. Those who pick them up hear the Festival, "Entertain us," it asks, "and we will give you what you want."
Interlocutors who entertain the Festival by telling it something it has not heard are rewarded with anythin
Rocheworld is a science fiction novel by Robert Forward which depicts a realistic interstellar mission using a laser driven light sail propulsion system to send the spaceship and a crew of 20 on a journey of 5.9 light-years to the double planet that orbits Barnard's Star, which they call Rocheworld, where they make startling discoveries stranger than anything encountered before. It had four sequels, written in collaboration with Julie Forward Fuller and Margaret Dodson Forward, which detail the exploration of the other worlds in the Barnard System: Return to Rocheworld, Marooned on Eden, Ocean Under the Ice, Rescued from Paradise. In Rocheworld, a small group of civilian and military personnel crew carries out humanity's first manned exploration of another star system. Against the protests of General Beauregard Darlington Winthrop III, the mission begins under the command of Major General Virginia "Jinjur" Jones and George G. Gudunov. Winthrop however, eager to fulfill a personal vendetta against Gudunov, uses his considerable influence to get Colonel Alan Armstrong, who had hoped to be second in command just for the sake of it, on the crew with the intention of promoting him after the mission is on its way.
This plan is foiled however, the expedition proceeds on its one way mission to Barnard's Star, where planets have been discovered by Robot Probes. Using a laser-pumped light sail spacecraft known as Prometheus, the journey to their destination of Barnard's star lasts 40 years; the crew use a drug called "No-Die" which slows their aging process, whilst proportionately lowering their effective I. Q. but allowing them to arrive only a decade physically older than when they left. However, all does not go as planned, soon a dangerous disease erupts among the crew; the ship's doctor, William Wang, is taken off No-Die, where he sacrifices himself to treat the rest of the crew. When the ship arrives at Barnard, they begin their exploration. David Greystroke, the ships computer engineer as well as a talented sono-video composer, creates a free fall musical and visual composition called "Flight", with Arielle Trudeau, the pilot of the Dragonfly Spaceplane, performing. A fraction of the crew, led by George, visit the double planet Rocheworld, landing a Surface Lander and Ascent Module on the water-free lobe, dubbed Roche.
After exploring Roche, they again split up, one group journeys via the space-plane Dragonfly to the other lobe, covered entirely by ocean. The crew are caught in a violent storm; the flooded propulsion systems of the space-plane are unable to provide enough thrust to break free and take off from the ocean surface. The crew decide to use the plane's lift fans as propellers to make their way to the inner pole of the double planet, where the gravitation from the other lobe of the double planet should help them to break free and allow rendezvous with the remaining crew in the lander at the zero point between the two lobes. While making this journey, the space-plane attracts the attention of one of the native species of the planet: the intelligent, but technologically lacking, Flouwen; the Flouwen and the artificial intelligence aboard the space-plane establish communications and the two species begin to exchange cultural and scientific knowledge. The crew witness the birth of a Flouwen youngling, while one crew member, Shirley Everett, takes a ride on Clear◊White◊Whistle a Flouwen who understands the technologically oriented humans more than the others of the pod, and, fascinated by their technology.
For Shirley, the Flouwen morphs into rock form while thinking, leaving her stranded in the middle of the ocean and forcing a rescue operation to be mounted. The Flouwen realize the humans are travelling to the pole and warn the humans that they are approaching a period where the configuration of the star and planets of the system allow for a phenomenon where the ocean on the water lobe of Rocheworld can flow to the rocky lobe, due to the change in the gravitational equipotential, they try to stop the humans from continuing into this violent event by pinning the spacecraft to the ammonia-water ocean floor with ice as ballast. However, the humans realize that the interplanetary waterfall poses a threat to the crew remaining on Roche; the tidal stresses cause nearby dormant volcanoes to become active again. This melts an underwater glacier and floods the area with warm water, upon which the ice floats off the plane; the crew manages to get airborne and takes advantage of the changing equipotential to return to Roche.
They rendezvous with the lander. The Epilogue is set years as a follow on mission arrives; this sequence was expanded and included in the last sequel novel, Rescued from Paradise The light sail system consists of three functional parts: a powerful laser, a large focusing lens, a giant space-sail. The idea behind the solar sail is that the laser provides a small force on the sail when the sail reflects the light; this small force provides the acceleration of the spaceship. With the ship's primary source of energy coming from the outside, it would not be limited to traveling distances that it had enough fuel for; the light used in the system was an array of a thousand laser generators, which were focused through lenses and aimed at the sail. The lasers provided up to 1
Heat death of the universe
The heat death of the universe known as the Big Chill or Big Freeze, is an idea of an ultimate fate of the universe in which the universe has evolved to a state of no thermodynamic free energy and therefore can no longer sustain processes that increase entropy. Heat death does not imply any particular absolute temperature. In the language of physics, this is. If the topology of the universe is open or flat, or if dark energy is a positive cosmological constant, the universe will continue expanding forever, a heat death is expected to occur, with the universe cooling to approach equilibrium at a low temperature after a long time period; the hypothesis of heat death stems from the ideas of William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, who in the 1850s took the theory of heat as mechanical energy loss in nature and extrapolated it to larger processes on a universal scale. The idea of heat death stems from the second law of thermodynamics, of which one version states that entropy tends to increase in an isolated system.
From this, the hypothesis implies that if the universe lasts for a sufficient time, it will asymptotically approach a state where all energy is evenly distributed. In other words, according to this hypothesis, there is a tendency in nature to the dissipation of mechanical energy into thermal energy; the conjecture that all bodies in the universe cool off becoming too cold to support life, seems to have been first put forward by the French astronomer Jean Sylvain Bailly in 1777 in his writings on the history of astronomy and in the ensuing correspondence with Voltaire. In Bailly's view, all planets are now at some particular stage of cooling. Jupiter, for instance, is still too hot for life to arise there for thousands of years, while the Moon is too cold; the final state, in this view, is described as one of "equilibrium". The idea of heat death as a consequence of the laws of thermodynamics, was first proposed in loose terms beginning in 1851 by William Thomson, who theorized further on the mechanical energy loss views of Sadi Carnot, James Joule, Rudolf Clausius.
Thomson's views were elaborated on more definitively over the next decade by Hermann von Helmholtz and William Rankine. The idea of heat death of the universe derives from discussion of the application of the first two laws of thermodynamics to universal processes. In 1851, William Thomson outlined the view, as based on recent experiments on the dynamical theory of heat: "heat is not a substance, but a dynamical form of mechanical effect, we perceive that there must be an equivalence between mechanical work and heat, as between cause and effect." In 1852, Thomson published On a Universal Tendency in Nature to the Dissipation of Mechanical Energy, in which he outlined the rudiments of the second law of thermodynamics summarized by the view that mechanical motion and the energy used to create that motion will tend to dissipate or run down. The ideas in this paper, in relation to their application to the age of the Sun and the dynamics of the universal operation, attracted the likes of William Rankine and Hermann von Helmholtz.
The three of them were said to have exchanged ideas on this subject. In 1862, Thomson published "On the age of the Sun’s heat", an article in which he reiterated his fundamental beliefs in the indestructibility of energy and the universal dissipation of energy, leading to diffusion of heat, cessation of useful motion, exhaustion of potential energy through the material universe, while clarifying his view of the consequences for the universe as a whole. In a key paragraph, Thomson wrote: The result would be a state of universal rest and death, if the universe were finite and left to obey existing laws, but it is impossible to conceive a limit to the extent of matter in the universe. In the years to follow both Thomson's 1852 and the 1865 papers and Rankine both credited Thomson with the idea, but read further into his papers by publishing views stating that Thomson argued that the universe will end in a "heat death" which will be the "end of all physical phenomena". Proposals about the final state of the universe depend on the assumptions made about its ultimate fate, these assumptions have varied over the late 20th century and early 21st century.
In a hypothesized "open" or "flat" universe that continues expanding indefinitely, either a heat death or a Big Rip is expected to occur. If the cosmological constant is zero, the universe will approach absolute zero temperature over a long timescale. However, if the cosmological constant is positive, as appears to be the case in recent observations, the temperature will asymptote to a non-zero positive value, the universe will approach a state of maximum entropy. If a Big Rip does not happen long before that, the "heat death" situation could be avoided if there is a method or mechanism to regenerate hydrogen atoms from radiation
Charles David George "Charlie" Stross is a British writer of science fiction, Lovecraftian horror, fantasy. Stross specialises in hard science space opera. Between 1994 and 2004, he was an active writer for the magazine Computer Shopper and was responsible for the monthly Linux column, he stopped writing for the magazine to devote more time to novels. However, he continues to publish freelance articles on the Internet. Stross was born in England, he showed an early interest in writing and wrote his first science fiction story at age 12. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Pharmacy in 1986 and qualified as a pharmacist in 1987. In 1989, he enrolled at Bradford University for a post-graduate degree in computer science. In 1990, he went to work as programmer. In 2000, he began working as a writer full-time, as a technical writer at first, but became successful as a fiction writer. In the 1970s and 1980s, Stross published some role-playing game articles about Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in White Dwarf magazine.
Some of his creatures, such as the death knight, githyanki and slaad were published in the Fiend Folio monster compendium. His first published short story, "The Boys", appeared in Interzone in 1987. A collection of his short stories, Toast: And Other Rusted Futures, was released in 2002, his first novel, Singularity Sky, was published by Ace Books in 2003 and was nominated for the Hugo Award. His novella "The Concrete Jungle" won the Hugo award for its category in 2005, his novel Accelerando won the 2006 Locus Award for best science fiction novel, was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, was on the final ballot for the Hugo Award in the best novel category. Glasshouse won the 2007 Prometheus Award and was on the final ballot for the Hugo Award in the best novel category, his novella "Missile Gap" won the 2007 Locus Award for best novella, most he was awarded the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award or Skylark at Boskone 2008, his novel The Atrocity Archives focused on a British intelligence agency investigating Mythos-like horrors.
I hadn't heard of Delta Green when I wrote The Atrocity Archive... I'll leave it at that except to say that Delta Green has come dangerously close to making me pick up the dice again.""Rogue Farm," his 2003 short story, was adapted into an eponymous animated film that debuted in August 2004. Stross was one of the Guests of Honour at Orbital 2008, the British National Science Fiction convention, in March 2008, he was the Author Guest of Honour at the Maryland Regional Science Fiction Convention in May 2009. He was Author Guest of Honour at Fantasticon in August 2009, he was the Guest of Honor at Boskone 48 in Feb 2011. Cubicle 7 used their Basic Role-Playing license to create The Laundry, based on Stross' writings, wherein agents must deal with the outer gods and British bureaucracy at the same time. In September 2012, Stross released The Rapture of the Nerds, a novel written in collaboration with Cory Doctorow; the two have together been involved in the Creative Commons licensing and copyright movement.
In December 2017 he gave a talk at 34C3. Accelerando won the 2006 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. "Missile Gap" won the 2007 Locus Award for best novella. "The Concrete Jungle" won the Hugo Award for best novella in 2005. The Apocalypse Codex won the 2013 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel. Stross's work has been nominated for a number of other awards, including the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Hugo Award for Best Novel, as well as the Japanese Seiun Award; the Family Trade The Hidden Family The Clan Corporate The Merchants' War The Revolution Business The Trade of Queens Empire Games Dark State Invisible Sun The Atrocity Archives The Jennifer Morgue Down on the Farm Overtime The Fuller Memorandum The Apocalypse Codex Equoid The Rhesus Chart The Annihilation Score The Nightmare Stacks The Delirium Brief The Labyrinth Index Accelerando Halting State Rule 34 Official website – featuring a blog with guest contributions "Stross at Livejournal". Archived from the original on 3 December 2012.
Stross software releases – latest, 2000 Charles Stross at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database Charles Stross at Library of Congress Authorities, with 24 catalogue records "Charles Stross:: Pen & Paper RPG Database". Archived from the original on 10 March 2005. Retrieved 24 November 2018