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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Read more Read less. So the first Merchant Princes series starts out as “portal fantasy” and ends up as “SF techno-thriller”. Given that Johann Lamont has made it clear that many of the things that make Scotland different such as free personal care etc are all up for review. Finally the level of discussion so far doesn’t seem very high, like the referendum on propertional representation was badly done. If you can buy that Google Glass like technology will exist and function okay-ish in the next 5 years, then you need not make any further speculative leaps to buy what this book is selling.

This was a delight to read.

There are two loose ends here for me, can anyone help? I suspect my brain just decided to translate it all into third-person, which is why I did not have any trouble.

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Instead of the much simpler srross did this, Elaine did this, Jack did this, chrles else did something else” we’re treated to repeated shocking leaps from inside one character on to the next. Aug 02, Kolya Matteo rated it it was ok Shelves: Then who gets to run the SNP? The shark bares his teeth at you in a not-too-cannibalistic manner. But the deeper she digs, the bigger the case gets. It is at this point that the stage is set for the final confrontation.

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There’s a little too much focusing on how the protagonists have no idea what’s going on, which is usually the sign of a thin plot or one the author doesn’t know how to get off the ground. Aug 09, Cheri rated it it was ok Shelves: WHilst it is nice to find someone else who calls them light trains, do you know why we ended up with light trains rather than more tram like objects?


It’s no wonder the first review I saw of this was Corey Doctorow’s adoring recommendation on Boing Boing. An agreement that he won’t waste public money on an illegal action I think. We have fun new acronyms! If you are reasonably familiar with the current state of the art of IT, you’ll end up loving Halting State. I have “Nobody ever imagined a band of Orcs would steal a database table. The aim is to set the odds so the winning bets pay out less than the total amount bet.

Because there is far more at stake than just some game-head’s fantasy financial security. Mind you, even the HK ones built this decade basically follow the s pattern, and that’s a bit cramped for Scots. Sad to see how much of corporate espionage and dirty tricks is targeted at environmental movements, rather than, oh, free trade and DRM advocates, but it never should be said that corporate America operates on its own long-term best interests.

The coalition government, which is overwhelmingly English, has responded to the idea of independence with a completely tone-deaf response, based primarily on pointing out arguably reasonably, to be fair that if Scotland goes independent its economy will collapse and it will stwte up like Ireland-but also insinuating that London will do its very best to make that happen. Humphreys, from Bury St Edmunds, said: Did you just invent the replacement for pork barrel futures?

A third book in the halting State series shouldn’t be ruled out if our host is willing to write it as a police procedural.

Anyway, the odds on the Referendum result are reflecting the betting. And then the crazy, are you ready for it, no really, make sure you are sitting down because this will Blow. We had a free world we used as a sandbox, which quickly became infected with hacker children.

When Cameron agreed to a referendum, it seemed like an absolutely spiffing wheeze-forcing Salmond to campaign for independence right now, at a time when the economy is in the sink. Jun 04, Kristin rated it really liked it Shelves: Halting State has a cool premise. But the sheer incompetence was astouding.


Halting State is a slippery chimera of a novel. That warmed my libertarian heart. Also refers to To date, Stross has won three Hugo Awards and been nominated twelve times. Hi Charlie how did the audiobooks do?

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I probably will write another near-future Scottish police procedural by and by, but chwrles won’t be a sequel to the first two except in the loosest sense. The plot was complicated and I’m still not sure if I feel like all my questions are answered.

From memory it’s been a few yearsthe notion mentioned in the title does come up. Obviously, like now, these in-game item The first, and eponymous, novel in the Halting State series — Charles Stross ‘s stories set in a slightly futuristic Edinburgh. I therefore conclude that there is simply no point in my starting to write a near-future politically astute crime thriller set in Scotland before I know the outcome of those votes especially as it couldn’t be published before mid A simple, easily understandable US Federal tax code.

I didn’t know about the “smoking crater” bit.

It’s rare in a book with mul Another from my list hxlting books in second person. I did like Stross’ ideas about what a highly electronically connected world will look like, and how handicapped everyone will when they have to turn it all off.

I believe so and intend to include this book in my reread list, where that charming dialect will surely flow trippingly across my mind. As for Scottish devolution, I have to constantly remind myself that hardcore UK federalism proponents are socialists, unlike in the US where they’re reactionaries.

Oh, and also a PS to my responce. Fans of Stross’s earlier technothrillers — this book reads in many ways like one of his Laundry stories played straight — will go nuts over Halting State.

But I never imagined it could describe a real fact. Written in the first-person, the POV becomes purely subjective: