5. "RE: AINA: Extremely Belated Review"
In response to message #4
New Avalon, and by extension the UF universe as a whole, is a Good Old-Fashioned Future. (Thank you, Bruce Sterling). You want a more 'current' future, go read Hannu Rajaniemi (or, if you're feeling particularly happy and positive about humanity's evolutionary choices to date, Peter Watts).