Charles Stross is lots of things, but I knew of him initially as an author of some seriously kick-ass post-cyberpunk-like sci-fi. He also writes articles on Perl and Linux (currently for Computer Shopper)

He's just released a collection of his short stories, called "Toast: and Other Rusted Futures" (which I plan on buying at some point...)

List of his work so far.. (liberated wholesale from his website at
Just to give you a flavour of some of his work, here's a quote from "Halo"

"Like most of the others, half her wetware is running outside her skull on an array of processor nodes hooked in by quantum-entangled communication channels – her own personal metacortex.

Read his work! It's cool!

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