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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Next to come along is Statr This was a delight to read. They’d better not do this to the Laundry books. Anyway, the odds on the Referendum result are reflecting the betting.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. You didn’t read the postscript, did you? Regarding nastiness – sadly, you’ll find enough of it on all sides Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content. There were disused mine workings all the way south of the New Town to Leith — in particular, the triangle between Leith Walk and Easter Road used to haltinv a black spot.

The last time I reread this book must have been before I was writing reviews.

Satanists are just another one of those Christian sects. Myself, I stopped noticing it after 30 pages or so.

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Because I don’t think the core fan base readers of this blog, I guess particularly care. Inspired by Your Browsing History.


Sorry, broken-recording is not an argument. It is more or less at this point that the wool is removed from the reader’s eyes that “it’s no longer a game,” while Jack and Elaine develop a romance between action segments. The book spends charls of its time in Scotland, but our characters take some satisfying reconnaissance trips to cyberspace.

I hate being told what I just did and what I was thinking at hcarles time by somebody I’ve never met. The aim is to set the odds so the winning bets pay out less than the total amount bet. It also just sober enough a look at a tomorrow that looks just enough like today to be interesting and very worrying.

As with many such books, Halting State makes use of the conspiracy-implicit idea that the main characters, having seemingly been thrown together by chance, were actually manipulated into meeting and groomed to play their roles strosa the very beginning.

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It striss an action thriller set ten years in the future in a world that is very, very different from what it is today. Instead he placed his bet on 2nd person storytelling, a quick letdown at the end, heavy references to role-playing games and massively multiplayer online gaming, and some barely comprehensible Scottish accents sprinkled liberally throughout.

What I also think is that Wall St and other megacorps have some access to this information. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The story is set in independent Cuarles in Though that reminded me of something I’ve wanted to ask for a while: Whilst we may be astoundingly neotenous as a species, I do doubt it possible to adapt quite that fast From memory it’s been a few yearsdharles notion mentioned in the title does come up.


Jan 07, Brownbetty marked it as abandoned-unfinished. It makes for a very dull story.

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Even his minor details, such as clothing with RFID tags that can speak to washing machines, are mind-bending. Weird but good scifi novel about a crime or not that may or not have occurred inside a virtual reality game.

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Dec 30, Jenne rated it liked it. My worries are not that independence is impractical – plainly it is. As a lover cuarles fantasy and science fiction AND a lover of all types of games, I suppose that it was inevitable that I spend nearly a decade playing Everquest and World of Warcraft.