Charles Stross’s latest techno thriller, Rule 34, is a clear view at the dark side of nerd culture, Stross has produced a grotesque and gripping page-turner. Rule 34 is a near-future science fiction novel by Charles Stross. Rule 34 is a loose sequel to Halting State. The title is a reference to the meme Rule 34 of the Internet, a meme which states that “If it exists, there is porn of it. No exceptions.” Rule 34 is told in second-person singular but from three points of view: Edinburgh Police Inspector Kavanaugh who investigates spammers murdered in a gruesome and inventive ways, and learns about similar cases in other parts of Europe; Anwar, a former identity thief who becomes Scottish honorary consul for a fictional Central Asian state; and “The Toymaker”, an enforcer and organizer for the criminal “Operation”. Their interactions and conflicts drive the story.
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