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March 6th, 2012, 23:03
Originally Posted by Myrkrel View Post
Thanks for the other suggestions on the sci-fi stuff. I have a bunch I plan to read / listen to now. I found out my local library has free audiobooks and ebooks for download using my library membership, so this has expanded what I have available by a lot!

Just finished listening to "Falling Free" by Lois McMaster Bujold. It wasn't quite what I was expecting but was an enjoyable story after all. I like her writing style and plan to listen to more of her work - going to try to get "Shards of Honor" from the library site next.

"Consider Phlebas" and "Red Mars" are also in my queue. I found some E.E. "Doc" Smith stuff on Librivox and will be checking that out as well.
Shards of Honor is pretty good. The sequel Barrayar is great, though.

My favorite hard science fiction writers to check out:

- Gregg Bear
- Stephen Baxter
- Vernor Vinge
- Neal Stephenson

More in the classic vein
- Issac Asimov (with a good deal of intrigue/mystery/humanity, big epic scope, and a bit of space opera)
- Ursula K. Le Guin (humanity)
- Robert Heinlein (humorous)

More in the slightly fantastical-imaginative / space opera / epic vein
- John Varley (the Titan series is fantastic)
- Dan Simmons (the Hyperion cantos is fantastic although a bit tediously introspective at times, the Illium/Olympos cycle is also fantastic, less introspective, and more epic with lots of classic greek mythology thrown in).
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