> Unless you're living under a rock, you've probably noticed that the SF/Fantasy section of book stores is now dominated by fantasy. (even worse, usually vampires and zombies)
> I'm looking for some good SF to read. Anybody got some good suggestions. I've read most of the core classic writers (Asimov, Heinlein, Herbert, Niven, Clarke, etc.) Who's been writing some really good stuff in the last few years? Anyone know anything about James Corey, Kim Stanley Robinson or Alastair Reynolds?
I'm gonna give you legit details, Marty. I was once like you - had read
the classics, drifted away from scifi for a while, have always hated
that scifi and fantasy were organized together at bookstores and
libraries. Came back determined to search out the "modern classics",
the authors of our day that are putting out "classic" quality material.
I'm listing these in order of awesomeness:
Whatever you do, don't miss out on Greg Egan - Diaspora is particularly
good. Definitely not light, though.
As mentioned upthread, Excession (Iain M. Banks) is very good - in fact,
the entire Culture series is pretty darn good. And pretty light. And
in no particular order, so just dive in wherever.
Definitely read something from Stross - start with Accelerando.
Maybe you've read them because they're older, but Barnes' Meme War books
are pretty interesting.
Along those lines, Stephenson's Snowcrash is also pretty awesome. Young
Lady's Primer (I think, going by memory on these) is also decent.
Robinson's Mars trilogy is damn good.
Really liked Reynolds early stuff - Revelation Space, Chasm City,
Redemption Ark, Absolution Gap.
Too bad. Read the manual. If this stuff were easy
we would not get the big bucks. -- Michael Press, June 1st 2012