Re: Recommendations wanted - space opera/ big idea sci-fi
@Iansales: Really? Fair enough - I will certainly check out 'Ceres Storm' then, because I was damn impressed with John C Wright's trilogy - I enjoyed them all quite a bit. They were slow, idea driven, and creative.
Also, I appreciate Vertigo's caveat about the Dreaming trilogy. I'm still going to give it a whirl. I'm reading 'The Quantum Thief' right now.
I'll let you know if I ever figure out what the heck is going on...