A Deepness In The Sky
Two seperate fleets arrive at a planet populated by a spider race fast emerging from primitivism. This book follows the war between the fleets, and the escape from slavery of the losers of this war. Very hard to summarise such an epic book!... A Fire Upon the Deep
It's kind of hard to make a short description of such a far-ranging book. You essentially have two plots--one involving a unique (and very well-thought-out) alien race, and one involving a set of humans abnd aliens trying to circumvent the rise of an accidentally-created Transcendant Power of extreme maliciousness. There are great descriptions of the primary alien race's politics and culture as well as that of the overall galactic society.... Marooned in Realtime
Marooned in Realtime is a loose sequel to The Peace War - it can be read independently. In Marooned, humanity has, for the most part, moved on, ascended, dispersed - none of the leftovers are quite sure. For one reason or another, mostly bobbles, these people have not moved on; they've banded together and formed a community that travels through time - one-way, using the bobbles' stasis field to pass eons. During one of their trips, a community member ... The Peace War
After a short war that resulted in the release of biological weapons and much destruction, the Peace Authority stepped in with a new miracle weapon - the bobble. Bobbles are bubbles of stasis that the Peace Authority uses to prevent war through rather totalitarian means - they've banned many avenues of scientific research, for example, and various kinds of possessions. Fighting the PA are the Tinkers, a loosely-allied band of independent researchers wh...
The original cyberspace novella. Predicts the global networks, and introduces the neural interface to the net. We follow the main characters on their path towards man/machine godhood....