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Halting State

(The first book in the Halting State series)
A novel by

2008 Hugo Award for Best Novel (nominee)
2008 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (nominee)

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 startup company that's just been floated on the London stock exchange. 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. For Smith, 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...

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"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

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