I'm wondering now if I can get away with putting this on the reading list for my first-year students...
The Edinburgh police investigate the robbery of an MMORPG's central bank
— and this being Stross, there's a bigger story to tell about the
lasting impact of the virtual world upon society.
I found the British urban perspective here rather more convincing than
Stephenson's take on the same thing in
As the author's recently
this wasn't meant to be predictive when it was released in 2007, but
we're now only one technological step away from it — and the
Snowden leaks and independence referendum have made it feel dangerously
topical at the start of 2014.
And I don't see much to complain about in Stross's vision of an
independent, EU-affiliated Scotland; the Yes campaign should be reading
this for tips.
Scotland's Future just needs more robo-taxis and quantum
Excellent stuff. Well worth a read — or reread, if you last read it in 2007.