I've always enjoyed asimov

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Hehe, for a minute I thought you meant Robert ANTON Wilson! Love his Schrodinger's Cat books.
Brilliant - I love both these authors - but then I have a huge weak spot for hardcore military sci-fi lol. And just a note for the technologically inclined like the poster earlier who mentioned the Kindle - Baen is a great supporter of e-books and as you say offers dozens of earlier books for free - Love the guys at Baen.
Mine is a toss up between Terry Pratchett and William Gibson
I'd have to say Iain M Banks is my favourite, but Stephen Baxter, William Gibson and Heinlein are also huge. Charles Stross is a new to me but I've enjoyed the two I read. I've never been much into the "classics" - Clarke, Asimov - I guess I've just been putting them off!

But seriously, I challenge anyone to find a vision of the future as utopian and yet rational as Banks' The Culture. For me, he's one of the few authours to bring strong, believable characters to sci-fi.
Thinking about it, I guess I have to say Ursula K. Le Guin. "The Dispossessed" "The Lathe of Heaven" "The Left Hand of Darkness", and then her fantasy books as well. Plus I've always liked her attitude. Even if I don't agree with everything she says, she forcefully and intelligently makes her point, and has always seemed pretty kick-ass on that front.
It's getting hard to name someone not already mentioned.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is an alternative future dystopia to 1984 I guess.

Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars series is good, if a little long in places. If you don't want to go there before you read it (doesn't everyone?) you will after.

Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle is sprawlingly good too. Any books with Newton as a character are fine by me.
Oh, come on. Catherine Asaro, anyone? Not that I don't love Asimov and Clarke and Douglas Adams is top in humorous sci fi, but for hard science fiction, you can't get much more action.
Hehe, Heinlein came up with that acronym long before it came to be used by economists. Heinlein started writing in the 40s already, and was around for a verrrry looooong time. Good to see young people are still enjoying his books :-) BTW, he also invented the waterbed, lol!
Heinlein, although I was introduced first to Anne McCaffrey
Heinlein is my first and favorite, and I think I've read everything he's written. I was on a Neal Stephenson and Larry Niven kick for awhile. I also enjoy Asimov, Orwell, Huxley, Sagan (if only he'd written more sci-fi!), Orson Scott Card ("Ender's Game" and "Pastwatch"), Vonnegut, Frank Herbert, and too many others to name.
I'm kinda new to science fiction.

So far my favorite sf author is Jacek Dukaj, he's a Polish author so you probably haven't heard of him.
One of his stories, the Cathedral, inspired a CGI animated short that was nominated for an Oscar. Look it up on Youtube, it's 6 minutes worth of awesome.

Oh, and I read Pullman's HDM trilogy and loved it.
And I've read a load of stuff by Neil Gaiman, I guess you can call me his fan.

Other than that, I'm a bit behind on sci-fi... You guys could recommend me a good read.
I've read all kinds, Ray Bradbary, Frank Hurbert, Roger Zelazny, Philip Pullman, Robert Jordan, Terry Goodkind. I guess I mix sci fi and fantasy, in together. Then I'll read a classic, or Romance or a science book on DNA and evoulation. I good spy/conspirany story is fun at times.
It's all good!




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