Just cause it's fun rather then it being relevant to PersonalTelco .... Everygeek has their favorite Sci/Fi books and authors. Free free to chat about whatever seems interesting., especially if they are predicting community wireless
One of the early gods of cyberpunk. He earlier work (pre-early ninties) was cutting edge, political, relevant etc. IMHO he's lost his edge a bit these days and is mostly going over old ideas in more details without a whole lot new to say. His also has lots of short stories which are really good. Favorites are The Bicycle Repair Man and the one about the cat thing in Japan. What the hell was that one called ... -- AdamShand
Involution Ocean - Great, but a first book not overly profound, mostly just fun.
The Artificial Kid - The first half is great, the second half spirals down into bizarness.
Schismatrix - My all time favoite Sci/Fi boook.
The Hacker Crackdown - A non-fiction book about the hacker crackdown by the feds in the 80's. Documentary style and no longer as relevant, at the time it was a hugely important book.
Islands in the Net - Good but a little more wordy and less intense then past books. A great view into a world controlled by corporations (but not the normal dark cyberpunk view).
Heavy Weather - His last really good book. Has precursors to his [http://www.viridiandesign.org/ Viridian] thinking.
Acknowledged as one of (if not "the") originators of cyberpunk. Personally I think he has kickass ideas