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Halting State by Charles Stross
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Halting State (edition 2007)

by Charles Stross

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Member:mraginsky
Title:Halting State
Authors:Charles Stross
Info:Ace Hardcover (2007), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 368 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:science fiction, virtual realities, not-too-distant future

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Halting State by Charles Stross

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This novel is about a robbery committed in a virtual cybergame world and its wild, complicated ramifications in the real world (meatspace, monkeyspace). For me, a story written in the present-tense second-person singular and riddled with unfamiliar slang terms and acronyms and weird coinages is not so easy to read, but I'm glad I resisted the temptation to give up on it before getting to p 40. Setting: an allegedly near-future, independent, euro-using, sky-high-tech Scotland.
  fpagan | Jan 7, 2014 |
Intriguing near future science fiction. I loved the way he referred to face to face action as taking place in "monkey space". ( )
  fairyhedgehog | Dec 14, 2013 |
Idiosyncratic, but very informative ( Can't wait for ' Rule 34 ' ) ( )
  BakuDreamer | Sep 7, 2013 |
Hugely enjoyable read. loses a star for the second person viewpoint. ( )
  dgold | Aug 10, 2013 |
Virtual reality games turned reality. ( )
  MercerTraieste | Jun 10, 2013 |
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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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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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