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ISBN13: 9780441014989
ISBN10: 0441014984
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Awards

2008 Hugo Award nominee — Best Novel
2008 Locus Award nominee

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In the year 2018, Sergeant Sue Smith of the Edinburgh constabulary is called in on a special case. The investigation seems pointless, but she soon realizes that the virtual world may have a devastating effect in the real one — and that someone is about to launch an attack upon both.

Review:

"This brilliantly conceived techno-crime thriller spreads a black humor frosting over the grim prospect of the year 2012, when China, India and the European System are struggling for world economic domination in an 'infowar,' and the U.S. faces bankruptcy over its failing infrastructure. Sgt. Sue Smith of Edinburgh's finest, London insurance accountant Elaine Barnaby and hapless secret-ridden programmer Jack Reed peel back layer after layer of a scheme to siphon vast assets from Hayek Associates, a firm whose tentacles spread into international economies. The theft is routed through Avalon Four, a virtual reality world complete with supposedly robbery-proof banks. As an electronic intelligence agency trains innocent gamers to do its dirty work, Elaine sets Jack to catch the poacher. Hugo-winner Stross (Glasshouse) creates a deeply immersive story, writing all three perspectives in the authoritative second-person style of video game instructions and gleefully spiking the intrigue with virtual Orcs, dragons and swordplay. The effortless transformation of today's technological frustrations into tomorrow's nightmare realities is all too real for comfort." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[A] fast-paced, skillfully constructed computational mirror-maze." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Review:

"Hugo Award winner Stross's fast-paced sf techno-thriller shows promise as a series opener and belongs in most libraries." Library Journal

Review:

"Stross again displays his genius for envisioning a complex future society that appears all-too-inevitable." Booklist

Review:

"This is his tightest-plotted novel to date, a detective story with a million perfectly meshed moving parts, and a hundred magnificent surprises that had me gasping and shouting YES (to the general alarm of the guy in the next seat on my airplane)....[A] book that will change the way you see the way the world works." Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing

Review:

"[A]nother winner for Charles Stross, a writer who has more than ably grabbed the high-tech baton from last century's forebears...and is still running laps with it, without any sign of tiring." SFReviews.net

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Charles Stross is a full-time writer who was born in Leeds, England in 1964.

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pdxread, April 2, 2008 (view all comments by pdxread)
Wow. Crime, computers, role-playing games -- all set in a future that may not be any more appealing than our current version but seems distinctly plausible.

The narrative is in second person — very much like game instructions — and point of view switches from a sergeant, to a contract programmer, to a forensic accountant trying to unravel the problem. Separately, together, in real life, and inside the game they try to decode the puzzles and in the process give us a look at what everyday life may be like in a couple of decades.

This book is intelligent, interesting, and intricate -- and you won't be able to stop reading it.
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jennifer morris, January 16, 2008 (view all comments by jennifer morris)
This is a rollercoaster of a ride through the near future, set in the indepedent country of Scotland and told from the point of view of 3 quirky characters. The set up is that a bank located within a Massive(ly) multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) has been robbed by orcs. Who cares? Well, the stolen items are worth millions in the real world . . . then the story really starts cracking along.

Don't let the second person perspective put you off, after a few chapters it is just part of the fun! I'm a big fan of Charlie Stross and for my money this is the best he's written yet.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780441014989
Author:
Stross, Charles
Publisher:
Ace
Subject:
Science Fiction - High Tech
Subject:
Virtual Reality
Subject:
Computer games
Subject:
Science / High Tech
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Edinburgh (scotland)
Subject:
Science / General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
MM Picture Book
Publication Date:
20080624
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.22x6.40x1.19 in. 1.26 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 336 pages Ace Books - English 9780441014989 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This brilliantly conceived techno-crime thriller spreads a black humor frosting over the grim prospect of the year 2012, when China, India and the European System are struggling for world economic domination in an 'infowar,' and the U.S. faces bankruptcy over its failing infrastructure. Sgt. Sue Smith of Edinburgh's finest, London insurance accountant Elaine Barnaby and hapless secret-ridden programmer Jack Reed peel back layer after layer of a scheme to siphon vast assets from Hayek Associates, a firm whose tentacles spread into international economies. The theft is routed through Avalon Four, a virtual reality world complete with supposedly robbery-proof banks. As an electronic intelligence agency trains innocent gamers to do its dirty work, Elaine sets Jack to catch the poacher. Hugo-winner Stross (Glasshouse) creates a deeply immersive story, writing all three perspectives in the authoritative second-person style of video game instructions and gleefully spiking the intrigue with virtual Orcs, dragons and swordplay. The effortless transformation of today's technological frustrations into tomorrow's nightmare realities is all too real for comfort." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[A] fast-paced, skillfully constructed computational mirror-maze."
"Review" by , "Hugo Award winner Stross's fast-paced sf techno-thriller shows promise as a series opener and belongs in most libraries."
"Review" by , "Stross again displays his genius for envisioning a complex future society that appears all-too-inevitable."
"Review" by , "This is his tightest-plotted novel to date, a detective story with a million perfectly meshed moving parts, and a hundred magnificent surprises that had me gasping and shouting YES (to the general alarm of the guy in the next seat on my airplane)....[A] book that will change the way you see the way the world works."
"Review" by , "[A]nother winner for Charles Stross, a writer who has more than ably grabbed the high-tech baton from last century's forebears...and is still running laps with it, without any sign of tiring."
"Synopsis" by ,
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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