This was my first Kindle book. That’s right Charlie Kindel bought a Kindle. I have to say it’s getting annoying having everyone saying my name…
Here’s my quick review of Halting State by Charles Stross…
The big idea is an interesting one: the future world where MMORPG gaming becomes so ubiquitous that the following happens
- Humans participate everywhere because their mobiles are powerful enough to get them in the game. Gesture based control with head’s-up-displays via eyeglasses.
- The Man uses MMORPGs not only to spy on the public, but to manipulate (and train) them.
- Crimes committed in the virtual realty of a MMORPG can be serious enough to jeopardize national security, and result in murder.
As a person formerly addicted to Asheron’s Crack I’m a believer that all the above will come true. Mr. Stross does a fair job of showing us what it may look like.
I found the Scottish accents distracting and was disappointed with the ending. I won’t spoil it for you, but I just expected more, given how the story built up.
If you are into hard Sci-Fi, and want a slightly different perspective of what society may be in like in 10 or so years, I’d recommend Halting State.