posted on Nov, 16 2002 @ 09:15 AM
my persoal recommendations.
Iain M. Banks: Player of Games, Consider Phlebas, and Use of Weapons. Look to Windward is also very good.
however, don't pass up the classic Foundation Series from Isaac Asimov. a little dated now but still brilliant.
Dune (Frank Herbert), of course, is a classic and has some interesting ideas on technological development.