BIG ideas. Stunning ideas. Sensawunda ideas. Awe-inspiring, breathtaking, Dyson-sphere-scale ideas. And real human complicated delicately drawn characters--not hamhanded caricatures or expositional robots. Strong, fragile, heartbreakingly plausible people. Complex and thoroughly examined plots.
And absolutely pellucid writing.
If I were a planaria, I would eat this man's brain. This stuff is that good.
(And, just to really rub in my current feast of wondrous fiction, after I finish this I get to read Behemoth:Seppuku. And The War of the Rats.)
Sometimes, I really like my job.