Science-fiction writer Dr. Peter Watts, whose writings were one of the inspirations for Eclipse Phase, recently had an unfortunate and alarming incident at the US border (he's Canadian) where he was beaten and arrested without provocation. You can read his account of it here, and more about the situation and the support he needs with his legal fees here.
Sci-fi writer Peter Watts commented on Eclipse Phase on his blog today. Thanks Peter!
In addition to writing some great books and being one of the influences for Eclipse Phase, Peter is noteworthy as also adopting the Creative Commons model with his books. His novels are available online--check them out! (Blindsight here, and Starfish, first book in the Rifter trilogy, here--and that's just to start!)