The Diamond Age

The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson

Nell survives Shanghai, a city of walled gardens. A software engineer builds “A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer” and the story takes off. A wild collection of tribes navigate a world of nanobot frenzy and outright war. The mice march on. Stephenson’s best.

The Helliconia Trilogy

Helliconia Trilogy – Brian Aldiss

A climate-based fantasy that was written decades before climate change became a news topic. Aldiss imagines a planet that cycles through seasons of extreme warm and cold over thousands of years. Some species do best in the cold, others in the heat. A rich cast of characters living in constant discovery as their world changes from generation to generation.

American Gods

American Gods – Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman’s most popular work is set within a battle between the old gods and the new gods. The scope that provides has a rather incredible depth, at times it reads as ancient mythology and in other sections it seems more like noir pulp detective fiction. By the end you know you’ll be reading it again in a few years, both to rediscover the fantasy and to pick up on the clues you missed the first time.