Karl Schroeder
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Reader's Thoughts:

Ventus - is well-written and fun, as well as having IME the most realistic treatment of nanotech I've yet encountered in SF. Schroeder is definitely an author to watch (this is his first novel). The setup is that some agents from the local galactic civilization have come to an off-limits world hunting a powerful cyborg who may be carrying the last copy of an extremely dangerous AI god. The tough part is that the world is off-limits because the nanotech on that world is controlled by AIs that destroy all technology not made by them, and aren't terribly human-friendly.

John Snead

Note: As of this writing Ventus is available as an ebook download from Karl Schroeder's homepage. You may download the ebook for free or choose to buy it to help support the author.