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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Because it’s “Better Together” Labour funnelling money to the Orange Order while telling Catholics that post Indy they’re for the chop. Then who gets to run the SNP? Then the UK with or without Scotland is expected to hold a referendum on whether or not to stay in the EU—a vote with consequences which are probably even more disruptive than the question of whether Scotland should separate from the Union.

The ethnic card “get Indy and my children will be ‘foreigners'” schtick comes from the Unionist parties, who do not seem to like foreigners much. The problem is that the big money neo-liberals seem to have grabbed onto power in the Anglosphere and are intent on imposing their ideology regardless of what their constituents actually want.

Then you can forget about it for a generation, no matter what happens. Or his appearance on “Desert Island Discs” – either he genuinely only likes “Scottish Music”, in which case he’s narrow-minded; or he felt he had to be seen only to like “Scottish Music”, in which case he’s appealing to the narrow-minded. A simple, easily understandable US Federal tax code.


Retrieved from ” https: I still think it’s worth it, as the destruction of both the welfare state and civil liberties proceeds apace in the UK. Next to come along is E This was a delight to read. I don’t think it’s Gibson’s strategy to write in an alternate universe at least not since Pattern Recognition.

The book, set in a Scotland gone hyper-technical but still balanced between Presbeterian and Socialist heritage, also makes some interesting and, again, too-quick extrapolations about American-versus-EU infrastructure and pan-European cooperation. He wouldn’t be the first to ask Germany for help in gaining independence while they were fighting a World War against the British I’d also like to find out more about John Barnes’ the Wager.

Meanwhile, I can grump about missing tonight’s Carles Fiction talk because I’m obliged to be at my beloved offspring’s primary school Xmas concert.

Suggested content for a near future novel which won’t become outdated: The police force had a overlay feature that could be dropped down on reality and allow them to see crime as it is happening, assess how honest people are answering questions, and access all sorts of files while out on the beat.

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Okay plot, although Stross thinks he’s being more innovative than he really is. The whole devolution of multi-national entities like the UK within a larger supranational organisation is interesting. Flying cars completely replace ground-only cars. I get the impression Osgood Day of the Doctor is a bit that way inclined, with the scarf as religious wear and the hhalting prayer “the Doctor will save me” You’re pushing the outer the limits of technology and, for me, it’s fascinating.

This book varied wildly for me.


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However New Labour and Milliband may have dropped ‘New’ but it’s the same Blairites in there take their vote for granted, and are only fighting for right-wing swing voters. There are two loose ends here for me, can anyone help? One political ideology is implemented with absolutely no problems, and brings about utopia.

He said it would have been a “reasonable” way to settle the matter. Hayek Associates is one such company, until an in-game bank robbery that should have been impossible.

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Today, online games live cyarles their own silos. While Rule 34 is set in the same universe and uses one of the non-PoV cops from this strss, there is no dependency or spoiler potential. And I’m not convinced it was every cool enough to justify the second book, Rule 34being written in the same style. Snowden statue idea raises two questions: These initial segments track the bank robbery and mystery man, Nigel MacDonald, who is revealed as a shadow identity created from Jack Reed’s credentials as a programmer and gamer.

Anyone can create a SL account with nothing more than an email address. Fascinating, and plausible, and quite possible.

If Scotland cannot influence policy in any meaningful way, because, as you rightly say it has less than half the ‘clout’ of London, what is the point of Scotland strkss in a Union where resources are directed in one direction only?