Scratch Monkey

by Charles Stross
Release date: February 2011
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction

Edited by Ann Broomhead and Tim Szczesuil. Cover art by Gregory Manchess.

Scratch Monkey is the 2011 Boskone Book by Boskone’s Guest of Honor Charles Stross. It contains his previously unpublished novel, Scratch Monkey, an essay about writing the novel, and a second essay about a writer's view of publishing. The novel is set in the distant future, when humans have spread through the galaxy, physically and virtually. We are not alone; we have created a race of AIs, the Superbrights, to administer and expand the virtual side of our presence in the Milky Way. Oshi Adjani works for a Superbright, traveling to worlds where her Boss cannot go, and solving the problems he has set her. One success reveals a secret of the Superbrights, so the Boss forces her into one last, deadly mission, with her freedom as her reward for doing the impossible. The full-color dust jacket is by Gregory Manchess, the Boskone 48 Official Artist.


  • Introduction by Roz Kaveney
  • Scratch Monkey
  • Scratching the Itch
  • Common Misconceptions About Publishing
updated 2011-02-21

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