Charles Stross, Orbit, £7.99
In the mid 1980s there was a rash of science fiction films and books set inside computer games and virtual reality. More recently this setting has gone out of fashion. It's strange because what was then just speculation and imagined technology is now closer and more vivid and its implications are much broader.
Charles Stross has explored some of the issues thrown up by recent, and potential, advances in computer technology in his near future thriller set in a newly independent Scotland.