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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Labour would not like it too much either, because it would lose its Scottish MPs and any chance of ever forming a majority govt again. Brookmyre is aces in my book. Refresh and try again. Other things can store value, and the more we depend on virtually-stored value, the more vulnerable we become to surreptitious control – or loss of control – of that stored value.

You haltinh to look at the forces of hate, look t the “No”camp. Hi Charlie I think you’re on dangerous territory here, territory that Mr Howard would be more accustomed to.

You could always follow Gibson’s strategy of writing in an alternate universe that is a lot like here today.

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Brookmyre has the best short description of how corruption works in the UK in “Quite ugly one morning”. Alternatively “we’ll keep the Pound” – oops. It takes some of the excitement out of the novel for me—also, I feel this trope is rather overused.

Interesting science fiction speculative story with game play, mystery, cops and robbers and espionage all taking place in Scotland and Europe. But the fact that Scotland actually has a reasonably democratic electoral system one of the reasons why I, as an English-born Scot, will vote Yes makes a long-term duopoly unlikely.


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The political landscape would likely have been very different as it would have stopped Tony Blair getting his hands on the levers of power and the Labour party likely wouldn’t have tried to out-Tory the Tories It doesn’t have the power to actually declare independence, it could pass legislation to do so but as that is a reserved power it would not be of effect without Westminster’s agreement.

Hopefully this will make some of the Jesus People pause and think really hard about the implications of their desire to get the state into the God Business.

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Even his minor details, such as clothing with RFID tags that can speak to washing machines, are mind-bending. The important question here is if they have some tangible representation that haltign be put on the lawn of the Oklahoma capitol, next to the 10 commandments and perhaps the upcoming Satanist display.

None of the perps know each other, because it’s all done with zero-knowledge proofs and anonymous remixers running out of zombie servers on some poor victim’s home entertainment system that’s downloaded one piece of X-rated malware too many.

I dropped my WoW account over a year ago, and so far have only replaced it with Sims 3 which while a lot of fun, is not nearly so time-consuming. Stross pulls out all stops as his thriller hits its thrilling stride, charle red herrings and false leads drawing our confused heroes further and further down the rabbit hole, until it becomes clear that what’s really going on behind the scenes sate so much about mischievous gamers but most likely all about national security and some extraordinarily ambitious cyberterror.

It’s rare in a book with multiple characters for me to feel akin to all of the main characters, but this managed to pull it off for me – I liked Elaine, Jack and Sue, and wanted to be in each of their heads. Dear Charlie, please write a story where Scotland physically detaches from the UK, flies into space, and transforms into a Culture General Systems Vehicle.


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Hayek Associates, a small start-up gaming company, has discovered their software has been infiltrated and the virtual bank they oversee has been robbed by a band of orcs and a dragon. Why wtate Salmond just go ahead on his own? Other than those peeves, it’s a ahlting book. Sue Smith is the Edinburgh cop on the case, but she quickly finds herself in over her head. I’m not saying that these are impractical, but it does break the White Paper base assumptions.

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I expect the Spanish government to oppose Scottish independence and chatles of the EU There are two loose ends here for me, can anyone help? Jun 10, Jacob rated it liked it Shelves: Charles Stross was born in Leeds, England, in Loved the Warren Zevon and Robertson Davies references. On the other point, some were closed single deckers. Also by Charles Stross. And as far as those are concerned there is nothing special about SL.

That was in the mid-nineties.