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  • Bruce Sterling! Bruce Sterling! Bruce Sterling!
    • Yes, but Islands in the Net is worth avoiding. It was a great read, until Sterling realized he didn't know where the story was going, and shoved the plot over a cliff to get the damn thing done.

      Involution Ocean is a great first novel, doubly so when you read Harlan Ellison's forward. Holy Fire is a really nice recent work of his.

      • Yes, Islands in the Net is a bit off structurally, but there's lots of wierd=fun ideas in it to make it worth reading, I think.

        I would almost say the same about Stephenson's Diamond Age, depending on how charitable I'm feeling toward He-Who-Has-No-Editor (aka Stephenson).

        • Oh, yes. Neal Stephenson. Zodiac is quite nice, and the first 20 or so pages of Snow Crash are some of the funniest bits I've ever read.

          jjohn, you'll probably get a real kick out of Zodiac. It's set in Boston, and deals with overprivedged yuppie kids who are polluting Boston Harbor (among lots of other things). Lots of funny moments in that book, too. Not good in-flight reading, unless you like making a spectacle of yourself because you can't stop laughing (I had to put the book down mid-flight and m

          • Yes, Zodiac is brilliant.

            It's a bit sad that Stephenson's books have gone mostly downhill (while getting thicker and thicker) since then. But read Zodiac and enjoy it.