I'm currently reading book #1 of Iain Bank's Culture series, Consider Phlebas. I bought the 25 anniversary box set, so will make my way through the three books. I'm much better versed in fantasy than science fiction, so if you have suggestions - please comment.
So far, Banks' work is delightfully weird and refreshingly written for what feels like deep genre. I also love the title, which is taken from TS Eliot's Waste Land:
IV. Death by Water
Consider Phlebas, indeed. Amazon announced in February that it has acquired the global television rights, making this a likely original series in a year or two.