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Old 08-02-2013, 03:04 PM   #16
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At the risk of sounding like an old record which doesn't know how to move on, I would strongly recommend the Wool series by Hugh Howey. There is a thread about this book here on MR (don't read too far if you want to keep surprises).

Indie author, DRM free ebooks, loads of praise. Enough said
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Old 08-03-2013, 02:41 PM   #17
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I'd recommend the Honor Harrington series by David Weber. You can get the first 2 books in the series free for your Kindle.

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Another vote for Iain M Banks - other sci-fi seems tawdry by comparison once you've read his stuff. I was very sad when he passed away earlier this year.

I'm a big fan of Dan Abnett's sci-fi output, specifically the stuff he's written for the Black Library set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, much of which is military sf. He does great action, memorable characters and epic scale battles.
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Old 08-10-2013, 01:53 AM   #19
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Classics -- anything by Keith Laumer (for Space opera try Earthblood; for humor try The Great Time Machine Hoax, included in the Baen anthology Keith Laumer: The Lighter Side -- also his Bolo books, his Retief books, etc.)

For something new, you might be interested in Resonance, by Chris Dolley. Pay no attention to the Baen cover.
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Old 08-10-2013, 06:47 AM   #20
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Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light. Although it is still not available as an eBook.
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Old 08-10-2013, 07:57 AM   #21
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Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light. Although it is still not available as an eBook.
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I keep hoping....damn family squabbles anyway!
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Old 08-10-2013, 12:44 PM   #22
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Me too. My paper copy is showing it's age.
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Old 08-10-2013, 04:42 PM   #23
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Many very good suggestions already.

Try Michael Z. Williamson, Freehold. Part of the Freehold Grainne War series. Great space opera and a desperate fight for independence against earth.

Charles Stross, Accelerando is a book I liked a lot. Makes the also great cyberpunk books by William Gibson seem pedestrian and without scope. :X

S. M. Stirling, Island in the Sea of Time is a great start of The Change series. The start is better than the finish though. Accidental time travel/apocalypse well done.

L. E. Modesitt Jr. Of Tangible Ghosts is a great alternative history book, with a nice steam punk feel, as well as some ghosts, spying and a little romance. Follow up with The Ghost of the Revelator and Ghost of the White Nights.

I can also highly recommend the Ecolitan books by Modesitt.
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Old 08-10-2013, 09:31 PM   #24
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Another great Sci Fi book is Armor by John Steakley.
http://www.amazon.com/Armor-John-Ste...Steakley+Armor
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Seconded. Unfortunately, not available as an ebook as far as I know.

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Timothy Zahn writes excellent sci-fi adventure. The Icarus Hunt is a great place to start, but I like almost all of his books. So far the only ones that were kind of disappointing were his Cobra series.
I just today finished his Quadrail series and it's now one of my favorites.

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Again, seconded. There's a Smashwords edition for $2.99, and it's coupon-able at Kobo.

A few more suggestions:

Mother of Demons by Eric Flint, available for free at The Fifth Imperium. The Baen CDs are in really worth looking through. Though the bulk are military SF (not really my thing), there is still a smattering of really worthwhile SF and fantasy. If you end up liking mil-SF, though, the CDs are the jackpot (several hundred books, I think).

Jack Chalker's Four Lords of the Diamond series (1, 2, 3, 4) is one that I have in paper and ebook and re-read often.

My favorite SF author is probably Alan Dean Foster. The Flinx and Pip series is excellent and I've enjoyed everything else of his that I've read. Unfortunately, many of his standalone novels are out-of-print and not available in ebook.
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Old 08-11-2013, 12:59 AM   #25
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If you liked Blade Runner movie, since you say you like sci-fi movies, I recommend you read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick, which is a book movie is loosely based upon.
Also I can recommend Starship Troopers and Time Machine. (books not movies )
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Old 08-11-2013, 02:26 PM   #26
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Charles Stross, Accelerando is a book I liked a lot. Makes the also great cyberpunk books by William Gibson seem pedestrian and without scope. :X
+1 for Accelerando (also because my favourite watering hole, 'In de Wildeman' in Amsterdam, is in it )
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Old 08-16-2013, 12:51 AM   #27
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Thank you so much for all the responses. I promise to read all the books recommended eventually.
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Old 08-16-2013, 01:15 PM   #28
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Of all the recommendations, the one I don't see is for the Liaden Universe series by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. Not "hard sf", but certainly space opera, and the one series I keep going back to time and again, and that never disappoints. Start with Agent of Change (free) or Balance of Trade.
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These are not classics, they are more modern - great reads all.

Sean McMullen- Souls in the Great Machine (greatwinter kills all technology, and a great idea about "the call" that compels people to blindly walk west if not tethered.

William C. Dietz- Legion of the Damned- like the French foreign legion in outer space, with cyborgs and aliens all in the same fighting force- great series

Kage Baker- starting with In the Garden of Iden- The Company can time travel and finds children to turn into cyborgs to go back in time to save endangered plants, art, etc. We meet a child (Mendoza) saved from the inquisition, turned into a botanist, who has a little glitch that keeps her from toeing the Company line. Fantastic series (about 12 books in all, better and better as they go).

Richard K. Morgan- Thirteen

Hope you find something you like.
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