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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Folk math is hard, but I expect this winter I will have some time to work on this problem. She hqlting on The Fharles Report recently. There might be a story in a bunch of G-men using one of these games for a bit of stress-relief, maybe the equivalent of the corporate fireworks party on 4th July, and having to come up with ever more and more incredible excuses.

Stross is one of my favorite authors, providing some of the more unique takes on the SciFi genre. It’s told in second person to give you the feel of playing a game, I think from the alternating perspectives of three people who are trying to figure out what happened or didn’t.

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And those bets on odd events are a bit different. Pity about the Halting State, those are terrific books. The science fictional universe of “Halting State” and “Rule 34” is teetering on the edge of turning into reality. This page was last edited on 15 Novemberat Weird but good scifi novel about a crime or not that may or not have occurred inside a virtual reality game.

The anti-drink thing has been to try and lessen the impact cheap drink has.

I do look forward to follow-ons. The opinion polls still reckon only about a third of voters will say yes largely unchanged over the past few decadesand the bookies are lengthening their chzrles since the SNP’s “White Paper” came out for a yes vote, up fromwhich is hardly a compliment to the authors. The Scottish parliament has authority to conduct an advisory referendum authorising it to attempt negotiations on independence.


Does having the book contradict recent revelations in the news cut into sales, or are you avoiding it because it rubs you the wrong way? I really do think we are better together. CopSpace sheds some light on matters, of course. There’s a vacuum on the right in Scottish politics, largely because the southern-dominated conservative party managed to utterly discredit conservative politics in Scotland.

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Scotland very much needs their labour. I meant not losing the near-future Scottish setting.

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How do you prove that human beings can know something about someone without ever having been explicitly told? This looks promising because rational religious belief seems to necessarily include a gambling component; Pascal’s wager is an example of this done wrong.

I did not like this book, perhaps because it is about the online gaming community, by which I mean obsessives who spend way too much time playing World of Warcraftand my idea of a video game binge still tends more toward chharles through all of Super Mario World in one night. Imagine how Walter Jon Williams felt when Deep State was released just prior to the “Arab Spring” uprisings, where his “near-future fiction” novel seemed like more a template for the existing revolution than work of fiction.


And then you start to see the fascinating mashup of ideas: Stzte actual backdoor in elliptic curves math looks a lot funnier to me than breaking the keys using quantum computers. The effortless transformation of today’s technological char,es into tomorrow’s nightmare realities is all too real for comfort. That was in the mid-nineties. It’s the Tories taking money from guys who do business with Serbian warlords and using that to fund Better Together.

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Eventually, it is discovered that the entirety of the European network backbone —including its root keyservers —has been compromised by Chinese hackers. Return to Book Page. There is a vigorously denied suggestion that Arthur Donaldson’s opinions took “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” or at least “every cloud has a silver lining” a little too seriously when things were looking bleak in for the UK inand suggested that the Germans might assist Scottish independence.

No, team up with Chris Brookmyre. It’s rare in a book with mul Another from my list of books in second person. Looking at the most recent historical evidence, Tony Blair won the majority of seats in England.

Scotland will almost certainly vote haalting to independence this time see below. I don’t lnow what the frames of Glesca Caurs were made of, but the cladding usually looks to be aluminium sheet.

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In the yearSergeant Sue Smith of the Edinburgh constabulary is called in on a special case. Google Books helped me find “the Wager”. Just get over that second-person narrative hump.