which I'm sure won't be anywhere near as good as Startide, but then again what would be?
Startide was amazing, as was the second book in the series. The new trilogys were good, but not great.
Have you read any Vernor Vinge? Love his stuff... he's not a prolific (book) writer though. I've been enjoying reading some Stephen Baxter, although it's pretty hit-or-miss.