Salon recently did a dual set of rave reviews of Gain, and a loopy
collection of Borgesian short stories by Ken Kalfus called "Thirst".
I've since read both, and recommend them highly. In fact, I'd
recommend just about anything by Powers highly; a lot of people on
this list might be interested in Galatea 2.2, in which a middle aged
novelist named Richard Powers is roped into cooperating with a project
to get a neural net to pass English exams, which works rather better
But the real find is Kalfus --- even his *copyright notice* is a fun