The io9 Book Club meets once per month to discuss a book, and then the author usually joins us for a chat. In May, we're meeting on the 3rd to discuss Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks. Watch for a post that day announcing the book club, and jump into comments for discussion! There's still time to read the book, too.
Surface Detail is part of Banks' Culture series, but it's a standalone novel and you don't need to have read the other books to understand what's going on (the Culture books are set in the same universe, but don't follow the same characters). Here is our review of the book.