Halting State by Charles Stross:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Excellent book goes deep into near-future Scotland in layers; the city and its people, the augmented realities anchored thereon, and the virtual worlds hosted in its infrastructure. The story starts with a theft of virtual goods from a very secure virtual bank and proceeds from there.

This novel does the best job of combining virtual worlds and real life of any sf novel I've ever read; for those of you who got tired of this device in the 1980's, rejoice, because Stross got it totally right. Highly recommended book. Select an invention:

Airboarding

Blacknet - antisocial networking

CopSpace - MySpace for police, and then some

Driverless Drones - AIs assist

Lifelog - life record

Overlay Specs

SPOOKS - go on a LARP for a lark

Virtual World Theft - faux thievery

 

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