Finally, I'd like to thank everyone who e-mailed me to ask when the book was coming, or who voted for the stories that were shortlisted for awards.
You did a great job of keeping me focused, even during the periods when the whole project was too daunting to contemplate.
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A novel by Charles Stross Copyright © Charles Stross, 2005 Published by Ace Books, New York, July 2005, ISBN 0441012841 Orbit Books, London, August 2005, ISBN 1841493902 Copyright © Charles Stross, 2005.
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Possible reasons include: Compare with Strawman Has a Point, where a character who is intended to be unsympathetic makes a point that's better than the author's intended, and doesn't necessarily become more sympathetic in the process (although the two may overlap).
A character who is supposed to be a villain, a jerk or even a hero who's supposed to be viewed in the wrong (perhaps even a Hate Sink) draws our natural sympathies over the so-called hero.
If the mood holds, someone out there is going to become very rich indeed. * * * Manfred sits on a stool out in the car park at the Brouwerij 't IJ, watching the articulated buses go by and drinking a third of a liter of lip-curlingly sour .