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Charles Stross, 46, is a full-time science fiction writer and resident of Edinburgh, Scotland. The winner of two Locus Reader Awards and winner in 2005 and 2010 of the Hugo Award for best novella, Stross's works have been translated into over a dozen languages. Like many writers, Stross has had a variety of careers, occupations, and job-shaped catastrophes in the past, from pharmacist through tech sector journalist to first code monkey on the team of a successful dot-com startup. He has degrees in pharmacy and computer science.