A Halting State Novel
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“Halting State [is] a near-future story that is at once over-the-top and compellingly believable.” – Vernor Vinge, author of Rainbows End
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 its 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 pixelated—who are watching her every move. Because there is far more at stake than just some game-head’s fantasy financial security…
From Publishers Weekly
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Well, I'm generally a Stross fan and I did manage to finish this book but really had a hard time following it. There were too many words, acronyms, groups, etc. that were not defined or explained, even by inference. Maybe if I reread it but honestly, that seems like too much work.
This was the first Stross book I read and I was blown away. Have since REread it (I never do that!) and have bought copies for friends. It's complicated and technical but that only adds to the fascination. I'm not a huge SF reader or gamer, but as a mystery buff I was hooked.
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- Category: Science Fiction
- Published: Oct 02, 2007
- Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
- Seller: PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
- Print Length: 336 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: A Halting State Novel