Science Fiction
Thursday, June 11, 7:30 pm

The Fantasy and Science Fiction Book Group meets the second Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the Den Coffeehouse to discuss the fantasy selection, and at 7:30 p.m., same place, to discuss the sci-fi book for that month.

Halting State (A Halting State Novel #1) Cover Image

Other Books in Series

This is book number 1 in the A Halting State Novel series.


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…

About the Author

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.

Praise For…

“As keenly observant of our emergent society as it is of our emergent technologies, Halting State is one extremely smart species of fun.” – William Gibson, author of Agency

 “Halting State [is] a near-future story that is at once over-the-top and compellingly believable.” – Vernor Vinge, author of Rainbows End

“The first couple pages had me hooked, and I didn’t touch another book until I finished it.” – John Carmack, lead developer of Doom and Quake, and technical director of id Software
“This is the best fictional take ever written about virtual worlds.” – Raph Koster, designer of Ultima Online, Star Wars Galaxies, and Metaspace

Product Details
ISBN: 9780441016075
ISBN-10: 0441016073
Publisher: Ace
Publication Date: June 24th, 2008
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: A Halting State Novel