I read this book a very long time ago (perhaps about 20 years back), hence limited recall.

It's sci-fi, the part I remember has a character who is piloting some kind of spaceship/fighter and part of the technical lore involves making use of implants to push past normal human limits (including for sexual recreation). I remember something specific about one of the characters using an implant to be ready for sex immediately rather than waiting for a few minutes.

This story is NOT The Gap Into series by Stephen Donaldson. Unfortunately cannot remember much else, it's one of those I'll know it when I see it things.

edit: Thanks everyone who commented. I've updated the question with further information in response above, and will go through the FAQ prompts here with responses to commentators below:

Media: I think it's a fairly chunky novel (at least an inch thick paperback), I can't recall if it's part of a series (although this is likely), if so, it's likely the first book only I read.

Year of publication: Not sure, would be published before or during late 90's.

Major themes: All I can recall is space stations, piloting space ships, space in general, some military contexts, but non-military also. Detailed technical world-building.

Language: English/American English

Target audience: Adult sci-fi, definitely not written for teens

NOT: I don't think it's Asimov, Clarke, Dick, Herbert, Orwell, Verne. All others are possible.

To commenters:

The Culture novels and Delaney/Asaro's books seem like strong contenders, I am going to go skim them to see what seems familiar. Regarding the type of sexual content, I don't recall anything too crazy (i.e. no threesomes, alien sex), but it may well have featured light to medium BDSM (i.e. orgasm denial, enhanced sensation).

I don't recall pirates in the story, for that matter also no zombies. Perhaps aliens, I don't recall. I am definitely going to read all the works mentioned below though (particularly Hamilton's books, reow).

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    – Politank-Z
    Aug 21, 2017 at 22:11
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    This seems incredibly broad and matches any number of books. You need to be much more specific.
    – Valorum
    Aug 21, 2017 at 23:28
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    The Culture novels from Ian Banks describe modifications like these, including sexual enhancements.
    – straycat
    Aug 22, 2017 at 0:12
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    As described, this could match Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delaney or Primary Inversion by Catherine Asaro, and that's just off the top of my head. Or it could match a porn story. How do they push pass the limits? What's open? Just hetero sex? Same sex sex? Group? Kinky? Pain? What's a very long time to you? Ten years? Twenty? Forty? Eighty? Why do you say it's hard sci-fi if you don't remember it? Hard is not a sex reference in that tag name. Note that implants aren't normally hard sci-fi, as they tend to be handwavey.
    – Brythan
    Aug 22, 2017 at 0:53
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    It could also be Peter Hamilton's "Night's Dawn" trilogy. As someone once described it: "The over-sexed space pirates versus the living dead." The space captain has whole sections of his ship devoted to sexual recreation AND implants.
    – Moriarty
    Aug 22, 2017 at 5:38


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