I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
This went from the fourth or fifth pick to the first pick for the Hugos. What Lafferty did with IAN was just fantastic. If you're interested in AI, this is a book that will interest you, which answers my questions. Took this from the library to finish it because I didn't think I'd love it as much as I did.