Have you read Robert J. Sawyer’s Wake yet? It’s one of those set-in-the-day-after-tomorrow idea-thrillers that I’m starting to wish I’d really read more of. The kind of book where blogging, open-source competitors to Google, and the infrastructure of the web are the laser beams and starships.
And because it’s shamelessly Canadian you get paragraphs name-checking Stephen Wolfram immediately followed (literally—in the next paragraph) by kids playing street hockey yelling “Car!”
I don’t normally recommend books in a series (Wake is the first volume in a WWW series—all the titles start with W) but Wake is a fun diversion that also points to some really, really, neat current ideas about consciousness, information, and what it means to be human. Check it out.