When I read fiction, I'm mostily into sci-fi. Here's a few ideas....
Anything by Vernor Vinge that you can get your hands on will rock. Whether it be the "bobbles" in the "Realtime" series, the "cyberspace" of "True Names" (which, BTW, Vinge wrote in 1981-- 1981!), the dust mote sensor-based networks wafting about the spaceships and habitats in "A Deepness in the Sky", or any other of Mr. Vinge's interesting and forward-thinking plot devices, this guy knows how to mix the right about of fantasy and hard science together to build really interesting devices that can help drive a plot and keep things interesting.
I've seen Neal Stephenson mentioned in the thread only briefly, so I'll mention him too. "Snow Crash", "The Diamond Age" , and "Zodiac" are three good titles to get started with. "Snow Crash" is so much more fulfilling if you've read William Gibson and/or Bruce Sterling or other "cyberpunk"-type stuff first-- the sarcasm is just that much more biting and fun. "Cryptonomicon" and the "Baroque Cycle" series are great, but I don't see them as good introductions to Stephenson's style. I just got "The System of the World", and hope to start it soon... The other books in the "Baroque Cycle" series were somewhat tedious, but satisfying,
I'll also throw out a little shout to the "Hyperion" series from Dan Simmons. They're all of Simmons that I've read, but they were a lot of fun. Someday I'll check out more of Simmons' stuff.
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