I recently found Clement's work. This is an awesome book, the world and culture of the setting is very interesting and well researched.
My only problem with Clement is that he gets so interested in the setting that the plots are a little weak. This book suffers the same problem. If you are expecting things to build to a big dramatic finale... they wont. But if you love the worldbuilding as much as I do, and you go in knowing that, its great.