Originally Posted by twicefivemiles
I'm lucky enough to work at a library with a modestly well-known SFF collection so I went and found:
Across a Billion Years
The Time Traders
The Engines of God
Inherit the Stars
an Arthur C Clarke short story anthology
...and then Jack McDevitt's Chindi since it was just right by Engines of God and I couldn't resist.
Thanks for the recommendations, everyone!
You are lucky. When I was a kid, I could walk or ride my bike a mile or 2 and go the the library in the capital of the state where I lived. Sometimes I would just walk through the stacks reading the titles looking for something that sounded interesting.