Charles Stross’ Laundry Files is one of the best and best-loved sci-fi series running (and a personal favourite). His upcoming instalment, The Delirium Brief, not only begins with the titular secret occult-protection organisation being dragged into the public eye — spoiler: Everyone is very upset — but brings back beloved narrator/protagonist/unwilling executive/Eater of Souls Bob Howard, too!
We talked to the author in 2015 about how The Laundry Files world would change when an extradimensional invasion caused destruction so massive that the mostly secret government department would stop being secret, forcing the Laundry to face a fate worse than vampires, sorcerers or threats from beyond — more bureaucracy. In The Rhesus Chart, the increasingly powerful and increasingly unwillingly-promoted Bob returns for one of his most unpleasant jobs to date: Being interviewed on TV.
I’m pretty nerdily excited to be able to host not just a preview, but the entire first chapter of the book, coming July 11. It isn’t a short read, but it’s absolutely a good one. First, the cover:
And now, The Delirium Brief chapter one, “The Prodigal’s Return”. Feel free to read it here, or download it for your convenience!
Excerpted from The Delirium Brief, copyright © 2017 by Charles Stross.
The Delirium Brief will be available on July 11, published by Orbit in the UK and Tor.com around the rest of the world.