A bold contemporary fantasy from a science fiction star, Merchant Princes is a thrill-a-minute saga of multiple worlds. Miriam, a hip tech journalist from Boston, discovers she has alternate world relatives, and with them an elite identity she never knew was hers. But her very well-connected family is a little too much like the mafia for comfort.
Charles Stross is the author of the bestselling Merchant Princes series, the Laundry series, and several stand-alone novels including Glasshouse, Accelerando, and Saturn's Children. Born in Leeds, England, in 1964, Stross studied in London and Bradford, earning degrees in pharmacy and computer science. Over the next decade and a half he worked as a pharmacist, a technical writer, a software engineer, and eventually as a prolific journalist covering the IT industry. His short fiction began attracting wide attention in the late 1990s; his first novel, Singularity Sky, appeared in 2003. He has subsequently won the Hugo Award twice. He lives with his wife in Edinburgh, Scotland, in a flat that is slightly older than the state of Texas.