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Halting State by Charles Stross

Halting State (edition 2007)

by Charles Stross

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Title:Halting State
Authors:Charles Stross
Info:Ace Hardcover (2007), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 368 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:science fiction, virtual realities, not-too-distant future

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Halting State by Charles Stross

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My first Charles Stross, inventive, funny, plausible near future SF/crime. Re-read after Yahtzee's Mogworld which it does beat hands down. ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
Cool novel. Near future murder-mystery corporate thriller, in which role play gaming, internet technology, and corporate stock fraud all loom large. Intricate and enjoyable unfolding of the plot. I remain impressed by how many different types of science fiction Stross can write well, and it's fun to look forward to what he will put out next. ( )
  ronhenry | Nov 17, 2015 |
Rated only 2 and 1/2 stars because this is much further into the thriller genre than I'm usually willing to go, and I *really* love the Laundry Files. Take Laundry FIles, subtract the eldritch, and add more programming. Just-over-the-horizon technology combines with international intrigue, but the narrators here are a bunch of everymen rather than your typical slighly psychopathic spy/agent/cop. Labyrinthine plot and counterplot seen through the eyes of people who still have to take the bus, with some of the same dry self-deprecating tone with a wink at the absurd. Readers completely unfamiliar with the concept of VR might be a bit adrift, but is there really anyone who is at this point?" ( )
  amandrake | Jun 2, 2015 |
Classic cyberpunk. Except written only two years ago. Great fun. ( )
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This is his tightest-plotted novel to date, a detective story with a million perfectly meshed moving parts, and a hundred magnificent surprises that had me gasping and shouting YES.
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In memory of Datacash Ltd. and all who sailed in her, 1997-2000
Books do not get written in majestic isolation, and this one is no exception. Certainly it wouldn't exist in its current form without valuable feedback from a host of readers. I'd particularly like to thank Vernor Vinge, Hugh Hancock, Greg Costikyan, Ron Avitzur, Eric Raymond, Tony Quirke, Robert Sneddon, Paul Friday, Dave Bush, Alexander Chane Austin, Larry Colen, Harry Payne, Trey Palmer, Dave Clements, Andrew Veitch, Hannu Rajaniemi, Soon Lee, and Jarrod Russell. I'd also like to thank my other test readers, too numerous to thank today. Finally, thanks to the publishing folks without whom the book wouldn't have been written: my agent, Caitlin Blasdell, my editor at Ace, Ginjer Buchanan, and my copyeditors, Bob and Sara Schwager.
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Hello. We're Round Peg/Round Hole Recruitment. We want to offer you a job on behalf of one of our clients.
You're a grown-up, these days. You don't wear a kamikaze pilot's rising sun headband and a tee-shirt that screams DEBUG THIS! and you don't spend your weekends competing in extreme programming slams at a windy campsite near Frankfurt, but it's generally difficult for you to use any machine that doesn't have at least one compiler installed: In fact, you had to stick Python on your phone before you even opened its address book because not being able to brainwash it left you feeling handicapped, like you were a passenger instead of a pilot. In another age you would have been a railway mechanic or a grease monkey crawling over the spark plugs of a DC-3. This is what you are, and the sad fact is, they can put the code monkey in a suit but they can't take the code out of the monkey.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0441016073, Mass Market Paperback)

Now in paperback?from the author of Saturn?s Children.

In the year 2018, a daring bank robbery has taken place at Hayek Associates. The suspects are a band of marauding orcs, with a dragon in tow for fire support, and the bank is located within the virtual reality land of Avalon Four. But Sergeant Sue Smith discovers that this virtual world robbery may be linked to some real world devastation.

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"In the year 2018, Sergeant Sue Smith of the Edinburgh constabulary is called in on a special case. A daring bank robbery has taken place at Hayek Associates, a dot-com start-up company that's just floated onto the London stock exchange. But this crime may be a bit beyond Smith's expertise." "The prime suspects are a band of marauding orcs with a dragon in tow for fire support. The bank is located within the virtual reality land of Avalon Four, and the robbery was supposed to be impossible. When word gets out, Hayek Associates and all their virtual "economies" are going to crash hard." "For Smith, the investigation seems pointless. But the deeper she digs, the bigger the case gets. There are powerful players - both real and pixilated - who are watching her every move. Because there is far more at stake than just some game-head's fantasy financial security."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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