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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It was an action thriller set ten years in the future in a world that storss very, very different from what it is today. I assume you have a family tree sketched out to keep things straight.

What puritan streak is that? This is the sort of show-off-y trick you had damn well better prove you’re good enough to use. I was so glad when it was over. The SNP is a multi-background party from all creeds, colours and nationalities. So an Indy Scotland may cause Red Tory Labour some problems if their solid vote gets dissatisfied, assuming Scotland follows a more traditional post-war consensus path.

Not to say that I read every novel on the Hugo ballot, but geethis is written by the same author of Iron Sunrise and Glasshousewhich could arguably have won Hugos. Also, I know I’m fighting a losing battle here, but the word “librarian” describes a profession. Just the same as it’s illegal for Westminster to attempt to block a referendum in, say Eire.

If you are reasonably familiar with the current state of the art of IT, you’ll end up loving Halting State. The second version doesn’t sound too bad, right?


Just one year after leaving Labour, he was leading an openly fascist movement that went on to call for Britain to become an ally of Nazi Germany. I will have to keep an eye out for something of his next time I am at the bookstore. It is at this point that the stage is set for the final confrontation.

I would give it 2. The story opens in the very near future in Edinburgh, where police sergeant Sue Smith is called in to investigate a bank robbery. Other than those peeves, it’s a fun book. Without spoiling anything, one of the uses for AR is particularly innovative and interesting, and something I have not seen elsewhere.

The book spends most of its time in Scotland, but our characters take some satisfying reconnaissance trips to cyberspace. I think Stross is the only strsos I’ve ever read to use the technique choose-your-own-adventure books asidebut it does get a little frustrating at times.

How about ualting multiple rating scheme where we can put in additional ratings based on what we recall of a book at different time periods removed from the first rating? Interesting science fiction speculative story with game play, mystery, cops and robbers and espionage all taking place in Scotland and Europe.

The catch is, the robbery has taken place, not in the real world, but in gamespace, in the online environment of Avalon Four, an enormously popular MMO. I did like Stross’ ideas about what a highly electronically connected world will look like, and how handicapped everyone will when they have to turn it all off. Why not a giant Buddha statue or one of the spaghetti monster?

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Near-future stuff is tough because if you predict wrong, you just look silly where are the cuarles army brigades ofJoe Haldeman? The prime suspects are a band of marauding orcs with a dragon in tow for fire support.


There’s a vacuum on the right in Scottish politics, largely because the southern-dominated conservative charlds managed to utterly discredit conservative politics in Scotland.

And it won’t be in-series with the first two.

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The agency’s impressive arsenal of cable taps and sophisticated hacking attacks was not enough. The prime suspects are a band of marauding orcs with a dragon in tow for fire support. Weird but good scifi novel about a crime or not that may or not have occurred inside a virtual reality game. Already addressed sort of jalting Twitter: This would be entirly appropriate, since, after all Belgium has oft been described as being the ‘Cockpit Of Eurpope ‘.

Or the whodunit aspect? It almost sounds interesting.

Like, be in front of a building with a running motor at such a time with the back doors open, and drive to an address where someone’ll be waiting for you with a wallet full of cash and another stolen car. As in so many deliriously complex suspense yarns, we’re treated here to a denouement featuring what Hallting call the Big Haltig, that familiar scene in which, once the dust has settled, one character lays it all out for all the other characters and us and explains everything that’s been going on in comfy exposition.

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