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Night Sky Mine
In Night Sky Mine, programs are no longer written - they're bred. They've been equipped with replication, attack, and defense code, and they live in the invisible world, preying on and interbreeding with other programs to form new ones. Ista is an apprentice hypothecary, one who harvests and analyzes wild programs, but she knows nothing of her past; at age two, she was the sole survivor of a mineship attack. When she meets two men who are investigatin...
Shadow Man
Humanity has developed five sexes as a side effect of a drug that allows FTL travel. Though most worlds accept this, the planet Hara insists that all people identify as either male or female. Warreven, a lawyer and an intersexed person, ends up at the center of a political battle and cultural clash. Though this book is more philosophical and idea-oriented than plot-oriented, it's still very gripping. Don't give up on it - it takes about a hundred page...
Silence in Solitude
This is the second book in a series that definitely needs to be read in order - the first book is Five-Twelfths of Heaven. In this book, Silence must rescue the Shazadi of Inarime in order to get the Portolan the group needs to find the lost road to Earth. The Shazadi is being held captive/prisoner in the Woman's Palace on the Hegemon's homeworld. Since men aren't allowed there, Silence has to do virtually all of it by herself - hence the title. This...
The Empress of Earth
In the third book of the Roads of Heaven trilogy (read the others first), Silence and her friends finally make the journey to Earth - but, because of a problem landing, they are trapped there. The real highlight of this book is watching Silence et al explore Earth - things we know rather well - from their culture of musical "magic" and so forth. Really interesting. ...

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The Garden - Star Trek Voyager 11
In this story the crew are in desperate need of vital nutritional supplies. To get what they need the crew must trade with a mysterious race called the Kirse, who live on a paradise planet and are legendary for their secretive ways. The Kirse seem friendly enough but they will trade only in return for Voyager's transporter technology. Should Janeway trade with the possibility that the technology will fall into the wrong hands? Then they are forced to d...
Trouble and Her Friends
Trouble was a cracker before the passing of a law that made working in the shadows on the net more dangerous and difficult. She quit - but now someone is using her name online, linking her to a number of break-ins and attacks. To get the law off her back, she's got to reclaim her name, and find the new Trouble, which means looking up some old connections she thought she'd left before, including her ex-lover, Cerise. The story is well-written, but the ...