The series I mentioned before is the “Galactic Center” series by Gregory Benford. I recently read the second book when I found out that the first book didn’t get the best reviews, although I plan to read that too. I actually started the series in the 1990’s when I picked up the third book in a bookstore, so I have read the series mostly out of order. The actual order that I read the books was…
I thought that the second book was a masterpiece and #5 was really good too. I seem to remember books 3 and 4 being a little slow in places but still intriguing.
I am now finishing Hyperion, which is different, very long, very interesting and much more highly acclaimed.