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Old 07-15-2014, 12:01 PM   #16
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Be sure to get H. Beam Piper's _Little Fuzzy_ from Librivox --- the reader has a wonderful voice.

There are some other Piper books there, but the production values aren't quite as nice --- _Little Fuzzy_ is quite professional and I can't recommend it highly enough.
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Old 07-15-2014, 12:30 PM   #17
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Also read H. Beam Piper's Uller Uprising.
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The Uplift War by Brin is a very good novel.
Demon Breed by James Schmitz I also recommend. And the Teltzy and Trigger books.
Weber' s Safehold, Honor Harrington, Honorverse, Empire of Man, and Dahak series.
Eric Flint's Assiti Shards series.
James White's Sector General books.

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Old 07-15-2014, 02:23 PM   #19
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I want a good story, a fun read. The 'Saturday night movie' version of sci fi.
One Space Opera series I don't see mentioned much is Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald's Mageworld series.

Mike Shepherd's Kris Longknife has about a dozen in the series and is contracted for more every October for the next four years. Recent books have less action than earlier ones.

Sharon Lee & Steve Miller's Liaden Universe has something like 8 out and and 5 more contracted in the pipe.

Jean Johnson's Theirs is Not to Reason Why has lots of space battles, but a bit of a Mary Sue for the heroine.

Tanya Huff's Confederation series.

Elizabeth Moon's Vatta's War series.

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Old 07-15-2014, 03:30 PM   #20
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Maybe just go back to the classics. Have you read everything by A. Bertram Chandler, Keith Laumer, James H. Schmitz, etc.? I'm not much of one for audiobooks, but there should be some out there.
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Old 07-15-2014, 06:27 PM   #21
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Scalzi's "Redshirts" is a heck of a lot of fun for someone who grew up with Star Trek and is tired of "the usual fare" in that idiom. I recommend it.
The audiobook is read by Wil Wheaton. A real treat!

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Be sure to get H. Beam Piper's _Little Fuzzy_ from Librivox --- the reader has a wonderful voice.
For comparison, you might check out Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi -- a reworking of the original. Also read by Wil Wheaton.

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Mike Shepherd's Kris Longknife has about a dozen in the series and is contracted for more every October for the next four years. Recent books have less action than earlier ones.

Sharon Lee & Steve Miller's Liaden Universe has something like 8 out and and 5 more contracted in the pipe.

Elizabeth Moon's Vatta's War series.
I heartily endorse all three of these series. I haven't listened to the audiobooks -- just read the text.
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:07 AM   #22
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This takes place mostly inside virtual reality. Nice, very rich tetralogy.
Just have a look when it was written (1996). This guy is a prophet.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/..._Golden_Shadow
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otherland

A nice grand sprawling space opera:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...ty_Dysfunction
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Night%27s_Dawn_Trilogy
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I just finished Anne Leckie's Ancillary Justice and really enjoyed it. It's nominated for a Hugo Award.
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:34 AM   #24
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For comparison, you might check out Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi -- a reworking of the original. Also read by Wil Wheaton.
Ack, no.

Scalzi's novel is a re-working of something which has aged quite well, and transforms Old Man Jack Holloway from a person I'd love to meet to a spoiled brat of a lawyer I can't decide whether to cane or hang.
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Scifi & space opera series that I've enjoyed:

David Weber - Honor Harrington series

David Weber & John Ringo - Empire of Man series

Sharon Lee & Steve Miller - Liaden Universe series

Catherine Asaro - Saga of the Skolian Empire series

Jack Campbell - Lost Fleet series

Joel Shepherd - Cassandra Kresnov series

Nathan Lowell - Trader Tales of the Solar Clipper series

S. J. MacDonald - Fourth Fleet Irregulars

Michael R. Hicks - In Her Name series

Steven Hunt - Sliding Void series

Jean Johnson - Theirs Not To Reason Why series

R. M. Meluch - USS Merrimack series

Tanya Huff - Confederation series

Elizabeth Moon - Vatta's War series

Elizabeth Moon - Serrano Legacy series

Alex Scarrow - Ellie Quinn series

John Scalzi - Old Man's War series

Mike Shepherd - Kris Longknife series

Dana Stabenow - Star Svensdotter series

Ian Whates - Noise series

Karen Traviss - Wess'har series

Rachel Bach - Paradox series

James S. A. Corey - Expanse series

Debra Doyle & James D. MacDonald - Mageworlds series

Chris Moriarty - Spin series

Kristine Smith - Jani Kilian series

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I enjoyed "Ready Player one" read by Will Wheaton. If you grew up with video games you might enjoy the mention of all the classic video games.
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David Weber - Honor Harrington series

David Weber & John Ringo - Empire of Man series

Sharon Lee & Steve Miller - Liaden Universe series

Catherine Asaro - Saga of the Skolian Empire series

Elizabeth Moon - Vatta's War series

Elizabeth Moon - Serrano Legacy series

John Scalzi - Old Man's War series

Dana Stabenow - Star Svensdotter series
I've read all of these and enjoyed them

I just read some Darrell Bain and had fun. His Crispy trilogy and Warp Point. He reminds a lot of Murray Leinster.

I can't rave enough about the Liaden books. Two of them are free. Agent of change http://www.baenebooks.com/p-595-agent-of-change.aspx and Fledgling http://www.baenebooks.com/p-1026-fledgling.aspx.

Anything by Lois McMaster Bujold.

The Boundary series by Eric Flint and Ryk Spoor.

If you haven't read all of the old stuff and are still interested in Goldan Age SF. Murray Leinter, A.E. van Vogt, James H. Schmitz, H. Beam Piper all had up beat SF that's still easy to find.

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