doom writes: Charles Stross has announced that there
won't be a third book in the 'Halting State' trilogy because
reality (in a manner of speaking) has caught up to him too fast.
The last straw was apparently the news that the NSA
planted spies in networked games like WoW. Stross comments:
"At this point, I'm clutching my head. 'Halting State' wasn't
intended to be predictive when I started writing it in
2006. Trouble is, about the only parts that haven't happened yet
are Scottish Independence and the use of actual quantum computers
for cracking public key encryption (and there's a big fat
question mark over the latter-- what else are the NSA up to?)."
... when fits of creativity run strong, more than one programmer or writer
has been known to abandon the desktop for the more spacious floor.
-- Fred Brooks