You may be familiar with Neal Stephenson as a cyberpunk author (Snow Crash was my first introduction to his work). You may also know of him because of his lengthy, amusing, and informative essay In The Beginning Was The Command Line (you should go download it now if you haven’t already read it). It looks like his novel Diamond Age is being made into a movie by the Sci Fi Channel and George Clooney (among others).
While you’re waiting, have a look at what happens when a Porsche hits a bird at about 150MPH.
(edit: I added some information about Stephenson and fixed the title. Mea culpa. I think I broke RSS.)