Blindsight is also worth a shot!
I also really liked Ann Leckie’s Ancillary series, particularly the first, Ancillary Justice.
The Dome Trilogy was also pretty good, as are the Rho Agenda series.
The Bobiverse trilogy (We Are Legion (We Are Bob)) I was a bit dubious about when I started, but ended up enjoying immensly.
The Wrong Unit wasn't a bad little humorous tale.
Hopefully, a homage, flagging some inspiration/similarity with Niven?
EDIT: he does seem to be a fan: first Bobiverse book. Chapter 14 intro...
Lawrence Vienn is a tuckerization of Larry Niven. http://dennisetaylor.org/about/
Not only is it very different in tone/style from most traditional SF I've read, it also doesn't restrict itself to just tech/physical science - it explores social and political science what-ifs too.
I'd be hard pressed to name any other book I've read in the last year (or more) that's had me pause so often just to think on the ideas presented.
Of course I think my approach to reading it also changed as I was eagerly awaiting that resolution. Haven't picked up Will to Battle yet, but very excited for it.
Provenance by Ann Leckie (space opera)
The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland (similar themes to Anathem)
I really really wanted to like this, but I just couldn't. Not my style unfortunately, but everyone keeps suggesting it so it's likely me that's the problem.
But you have to like the characters or you can't get anywhere. People have described Stephen Baxter novels in similar ways, but I can't stand any of the characters.
Nine Fox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee was also pretty good—had a rough start but ended well.
Collapsing Empire by Scalzi was quite solid and well paced.
Of books not released in 2017, I read The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi—it probably had the most 'new' sci-fi ideas out of the books I read this year, which made it both a bit of a challenge and interesting read.
The book of strange new things (Michel Faber). This isn't typical sci-fi, it's hard to describe. It's quite slow paced. I can't really talk about it without spoiling it. I really felt impacted by it though, I think the book has a deeper philosophy that isn't really mentioned but requires thinking about the meaning. I thoroughly recommended it if you are willing to be thoughtful about a book and not just after laser and space battles. Another book by the same author (under the skin) is also good, and has been turned into a very weird film with Scarlet Johansson.
Other good more conventional sci-fi stuff...
Extracted series (R.R. Haywood)
Not alone (Craig a. Falconer)
Themys files series (sylvain neuvel)
We are legion series (Dennis E. Taylor)
Maybe I'm missing something
What is the role goverment is they can't tax people/companies? How does a government fulfill that role if they can't raise money?
Again - not crypto in general, but financial stuff. that's what i dont see written.
It's the follow up to the Red Rising series, a Roman dystopian on Mars type story, which I highly recommend.
Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi was one of my favourites last year
Here is the scifi I enjoyed in 2017 (via audible)
- We are Legion (bob) trilogy
About AI, space and Von Neumann machines
- Ready Player One
About life later in this century. Lots of VR and references to nostalgia from the 80s and beyond
"Ready Player One" was full of naked eighties nostalgia fan service, but that suits me just fine. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Wil Wheaton (speaking of eighties nostalgia...), and he's a great reader who brought real enthusiasm to his reading. Given that Spielberg is at the helm, the movie should be awesome.
"We Are Legion" by Dennis Taylor is a very light hearted and easy to read.
"The Collapsing Empire" by John Scalzi is a space opera that I quite enjoyed.
- The Expanse (season 2)
- Sense8 (season 2)
- Alien Covenant