Re: Sci-fi book recommendations?
The Culture novels by Iain M Banks (start with Consider Phlebas)
The Sprawl trilogy by William Gibson (important for the shape of the net today)
Any books you can find by Howard Waldrop (mainly a short story writer but dazzlingly good).
I will not accept tyranny, any tyranny, even that of Heaven - Terry Pratchett.
Always choose cognac over cocaine. -- Jon Lord