Halting State

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Penguin, Oct 2, 2007 - Fiction - 336 pages
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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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User Review  - fpagan - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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Classic cyberpunk. Except written only two years ago. Great fun. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Charles Stross was born in Leeds, England in 1964. He holds degrees in pharmacy and computer science, and has worked in a variety of jobs including pharmacist, technical author, software engineer, and freelance journalist. He is now a full-time writer.

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