I suggest you have a stern word with your brain.
Chasm city is not without its faults, but the Inhibitor series is overall a fantastic piece of hard sci fi, far reaching in scope with really dark, interesting ideas, some great characters and some good science as well. I think if your reading something like this and thinking there are jokes about Gary Glitter in there you are doing it and yourself a diservice.
Someone else mentioned and Ian M Banks influence as well. All sci fi is influenced and inspired by earlier works. You can find plenty of sci fi that influence Ian M Banks as well , and the books those guys riffed off and on it goes. Building on and expanding is what sci fi does. I was always very happy with how the Inhibitor series mashed old and new ideas into something very much its own.