Anybody enjoy Neal Stephenson's stuff? He's probably most famous for Snow Crash, a sci-fi book that basically imagined a lot of the "virtual world" stuff that Second Life wishes it could do, and has been a big influence in video games. My favorite book was Cryptonomicon, which was a dual time novel that's both action and geek fiction After that, with some of the same families, he did some really long trilogy of books set during the 1700s called The Baroque Cycle. They include a lot of historical fiction based around the scientific work of the Royal Society (Newton, Hooke, Leibni, etc, etc), the financial development of things like fiat currency and financial markets, and societal and government issues of the time (sounds boring, but it wasn't to me). It's basically sci-fi set in the 1700s. Anyway, he's got a new book coming out in September I'm excited about...Anathem. Tried to preorder it with some Amazon stuff this morning and they were going to delay my whole shipment until the stupid book came out, so I cancelled, but I'm definitely picking it up when it comes out.