Bruce Sterling
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Schismatrix - an interplanetary civilisation divided between cyborg technocrats and bioengineered "shapers". Decaying orbitals, jovian states, the Ring Council, cladizing humanity and incompetent space pirates all feature in this dense and well-written tale. Some of these ideas adapt well into the Interplanetary Age Orion's Arm. Sterling, however does not have advanced AIs and instead uses a race of large bird-like aliens to represent the "other".

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