She is a highly regarded sci fi author, whom I've never yet had the pleasure of reading. However, if you are interested, one of her newest books, along with the 7 books that precede it in the series, is available for free from Baen: http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com/2...CD/CryoburnCD/
This is not a pirate site. It is a site, with permission, that hosts the CD's that Baen releases with each new hard back book. From the cd: "Whatís the catch? This disk and its contents may be copied and shared, but NOT sold. All commercial rights are reserved. Thatís it."
Perhaps you want to dip your toe into the genre that is science fiction -- or try out a new author if you are already a devotee.