Halting State [Charles Stross] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In the year , Sergeant Sue Smith of the Edinburgh constabulary is. CHARLES STROSS Halting State is the book William Gibson’s Spook Country should have been. For one thing, it’s actually about what it would (will?) be like. “Halting State” wasn’t intended to be predictive when I started writing it in . t3knomanser replied to this comment from Charlie Stross.

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A simple, easily understandable US Federal tax code. The zeitgeist-savvy incorporation of the gaming world as a central narrative motif is handled to perfection.

Halting State (Halting State, #1) by Charles Stross

Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. I haven’t read Brookmyre. The Next Generation” Ah, I’m just in the process of re-reading that. It in no way, shape or form vests in the person of the monarch not the sovereign; there is no such person in Scotland or in either the Scots or Westminster parliament, and has never vested in them.

I felt a little let down, but enjoyed it enough anyway.

A band of marauding orcs plus one big dragon have virtually invaded a virtual bank and virtually made off with all manner of virtual loot. This brilliantly conceived techno-crime thriller spreads a black humor frosting over the grim prospect of the yearwhen China, India and the European System are struggling for world economic domination in an infowar, and the Cnarles.

Already addressed sort of on Twitter: I agree that they don’t need to veto membership – they just need to insist that Scotland applies as a new member, and joins the queue of other nations’ applications. Scotland joining Schengen makes it way more likely an independent-minded NI Assembly might get a rush of blood to the head, though Wouldn’t look good sending a new department head off for remedial training, now would it?

The main characters appealing, but undeveloped. Just the same as it’s illegal for Westminster to attempt to block a referendum in, say Eire. The premise that role-playing games, on-line or live-action, are going to become mainstream is utterly fantastical, in my view, detracting from the sstross quite considerably.


Cops and insurance companies get involved and investigate. It’s as though a movie like Inception were shot entirely from Leonardo DiCaprio’s perspective, a camera literally strapped to his forehead for every scene without so much as a fancy lens.

It seems a natural extension of our rapid expansion in a number of areas of IT hardware and software. Stross’ society is a just-over-the-horizon extrapolation of our own. I’m still not sure if I really know what happened in this story, but that’s okay. Looking for More Great Reads? They’re officially solidly supportive of the union, so they have to run the No campaign, but they might actually benefit electorally from independence[1] and they like being in power.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. By beaming visuals directly onto her retina, she gets an overlay on the scene in front of her with information from the police database: By the fifth chapter, I was hooked, hated putting it down, and wanted more when I finished the last page.

Can’t be having that, can we! Interesting science fiction speculative story with game play, mystery, cops and robbers and espionage all taking place in Scotland and Europe. Everyone has direct and constant access to the web through their glasses and walk around in a constant twitch as they hammer away on virtual keyboards. This was a really fun book to read. Think World of Warcraft I assume, although I have seen the advertsand a bunch of Orcs stealing game items from the safety deposit boxes in the game.

So the politics of an independent Scotland won’t be dominated by one person for a generation. There’s no way of keeping data on the sim card secure. Scottish devolution failed to get enough votes in there was a narrow majority for yes, but on a low turnoutthen was approved in The plot was a bit thick, but okay. Post-independence, a bunch of Big Beasts are likely to return to their homeland — not all, but enough to raise the quality of the assembly front benches.

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Bookmaking depends on averaging over a lot of gamblers and events, and even then the bookies can lose big on a favourite in a race such as the Derby. To date, Stross has won three Hugo Awards and been nominated twelve times. In particular, “One Fine Day In The Middle Of The Night” has got to be one of the best novels about terrorism I’ve ever read, and the most recent series by “Chris” Brookmyre, starting with “Where The Bodies Are Buried is one of the best straight detective series of recent years although it doesn’t quite ramp up to punch-in-the-guts territory until book 3.


The notion that inter-nation wars might be fought over that virtual value is – again – plausible, and likely? Gamers, science fiction readers.

Showing of reviews. However, the scale keeps escalating, from the criminal stage to the corporate, the national, the international, and finally to global socioeconomic ramifications, turning the chales half of the book into a spy story more than a detective one, with all of the feints, sudden murder attempts, suddenly-revealed secret backstories, and take-it-on-faith explanations as to why things matter that spy stories entail.

The shadows shifted and a figure stepped out. I would have probably gone a year without carles had it not been for Ingress. You can find his stuff on Amazon and also in Audible.

Halting State

A sequel to Halting State entitled Rule 34 previously ” [6] was released in mid As different as it is, it’s plausible cjarles on today’s technology.

The idea of people thinking they’re playing war games, only to find out it’s real, has been done many times. However, there is a motorway services operated by some Hindu folks just west of Elk City, Oklahoma that sells excellent ones and people do drive there, from Texas, to buy them and other, proper vegetarian, Indian food.

Plus, if Britain leaves the EU it depends on what terms. He has worked as a pharmacist, software engineer and freelance journalist, but now writes full-time.