How Charlie Stross Planned To Die

October 7th, 2010 | people I know

Fifth in his list of “Books I Will Not Write,” novelist Charles Stross explains the novel that would probably have gotten him poisoned:

There is nothing like getting everyone mad at you simultaneously, is there? Personally, I take it as something of a challenge. And so, for the past few years I’ve been sitting on this book proposal for a highly commercial alternate history/time travel novel, fixed firmly in that sub-genre whereby $CONTEMPORARY_WARFIGHTING_UNIT is magically teleported back in time.

You probably remember the movie The Final Countdown (USS Nimitz magically teleported back to 1941, on the eve of the Pearl Harbour attack)…

I have a shit-stirring variation …

Let us contemplate the state of Israel, as it existed at 6pm on the evening of October 5th, 1973…


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  1. You can find Warren on Twitter: @warrenellis