January 17, 2019


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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Charlie, Thanks for the Brookmyre recommendation- downloaded Quite Ugly one Morning yesterday and finished it at 2. Charlie, do you feel,as I do, that the information being trawled in bulk by the NSA will inevitably end up being shared with other law-enforcement haltin, all the way down to the “ordinary” police?

In the yearSergeant Sue Smith of the Edinburgh constabulary is called in on a special case. Tripe-AAA rating for bonds I have “Nobody ever imagined a band of Orcs would steal strosx database table. The shark bares his teeth at you in a not-too-cannibalistic manner.

And not only is this a situation that people have come to accept, it’s one in which they are active participants and enablers.

Eventually, it is discovered that the entirety of the European network backbone —including its root keyservers —has been hcarles by Chinese hackers. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

That kind of service requires high level encryption, and the entire economic backbone of the hundreds of in-game systems are cjarles off the encryption keys that are used across the European Union for its internet systems. Because that’s the direction the trilogy provisionally titled “Merchant Princes: Jan 08, Ben Babcock rated it liked it Shelves: On what possible grounds could Scotland then be refused a fresh vote on staying in the UK?


I really do think we are better together. There was nothing fantasy about it. And while there’s no sense in going all alarmist and paranoid about hapting except inasmuch as it makes for cracking storytellingreal life security concerns really exist, and one would be naive to think the worst dangers stop at identity theft and pirating movies.

I get very twitchy about any political party that tries to divide people up into “us” and “them” because “we’re different from them” however politely they call it “civic nationalism”. Mind you, even the HK ones built this strpss basically follow the s pattern, and that’s a bit cramped for Scots. Finally, I thought the ending stte just not convincing, but all in all a fun read.

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The entire book well, let me be hone Every once in a while I get the idea I’m not reading brainy enough SF, and that all the other SF readers will sneer at me for not reading enough Hugo winners. They got pelters for it and got told it was a bad thing to do and might scare folk from Indy. If those had been the focus of the plot and Stross had been brave enough to go there and make awesome sense of it, this could have been as good as Snow Crash.

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That lapse into the mundane notwithstanding, Halting State is another winner for Charles Stross, a writer who has more than ably grabbed the high-tech baton from last century’s forebears — Gibson, Sterling — and is still running laps with it, without any sign of tiring. Stross’ society is a just-over-the-horizon extrapolation of our own. The bank is located within the virtual reality land of Avalon Four, and the robbery was supposed to be impossible. The IRS is the U.

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I do look forward to follow-ons. The bigger question is, is it worth doing.

Do not view this as far-fetched: Realism in fiction is over-rated. Where there no world-walking families in the rest of the world? 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.

Bellingham- we manage with cramped busses, even with the increase in obesity since there were trams. So the politics of an independent Scotland won’t be dominated by one person for a generation. Meanwhile, the financial crisis of forced me back to the drawing board for “Rule 34”; the Snowden revelations have systematically trashed all my ideas for the third book. Humphreys, from Bury St Edmunds, said: