Charles Stross' Next 3 Novels: Lovecraftian Horror, Space Opera and Utopian Politics

If you've been hoping Charles Stross would return to the diverse territories of his Laundry series, Saturn's Children or Halting State, then you'll be excited by his next few novels.

The award-winning author just signed a deal with Orbit UK to put out his next three novels, which cover the territory of Lovecraftian horror, space-opera and near-future crime. (He already signed a deal with Ace to put out these books in the U.S. back in December, but we missed the announcement back then.) Says Orbit Commissioning Editor Bella Pagan:

I couldn't be more delighted by this acquisition. I've been a fan of Charles Stross' work for years. I love his wit and his playful familiarity with an almost-tangible future and it's hugely exciting to know that we can look forward to publishing three new books.

So what are these books, and what are they about? Stross explained a while back on his blog:

The Apocalypse Codex is the fourth book in his Laundry Files series, and here's what it's about:

Bob has been promoted to junior management and sent to ride herd on a couple of contractors. "I feel like an eight year old who's been handed a laser pointer and a jar of catnip and told to amuse the kitties in the Siberian Tiger enclosure at the zoo," he complains. But then he discovers a big game hunter is stalking his kitties ...

As for the other two:

"Neptune's Brood" is set in the universe of "Saturn's Children", about 5000 years later on. It's going to be a - I make no apologies - mundane SF space opera. And Freya does not appear in it. I haven't perpetrated space opera in something close to five years; this is my excuse to scratch the itch and indulge in a guilty pleasure again. As we seem to be living through the golden age of exoplanetography, I expect any detailed plans I draw up between now and 2012 to change before I start writing ...

"The Lambda Functionary" is the third book in the thematic trilogy of near-future novels that start with "Halting State" and "Rule 34". And that's all I'm going to tell you about it just now, in case something makes it obsolete before I start writing (as transpired with "Rule 34" - Bernie Madoff stole my original caper plot). NB: "Halting State" examined games, reality, and augmented reality. "Rule 34" is about crime and business models. The plan for "The Lambda Functionary" is to take a look at the future of politics and diplomacy. And if you wonder why I've been thinking about utopias recently, this is the answer.