What’s Your Favorite Science Fiction?

By Nancy Jane Moore

Over at NPR they’re asking listeners to come up with the best science fiction and fantasy books. Everyone who wants to can list five books. The final list will be the one hundred most mentioned.

I put in my list and have read through some of the others. And while I saw some interesting selections, I also saw the same names over and over. Some of the repetition is due to quality — it’s not a surprise to find Ursula K. Le Guin on a lot of lists — but some of it is due to contributors not being as widely read in the genre as they might be.

So while I encourage everyone to put their favorites up at NPR, I thought we’d come up with our own recommendations here on the Book View Cafe Blog. I’m not going to count votes to come up with the magic 100 titles; that sounds like work to me, plus anytime you make a list of 100 titles someone is going to come along and list at least a dozen books that ought to be on the list. This is a simpler project: People should just list their favorite books in the comments.

There are a few rules, though:

1. The Vonda N. McIntyre Rule: This is a science fiction list. No fantasy (we’ll do that another time). SF with fantasy elements is OK, if you as the reader think of the story as SF.

2. The I’m Tired of Hearing About the Golden Age Rule: No Heinlein. No Asimov. No Frank Herbert. No story by Philip K. Dick that has been made into a movie (the rest of Dick’s work is OK). Those folks make all the lists. We know those books. What else is there?

3. The Originals Only Rule: No continuations of other people’s series (Foundation, Dune, etc.). No novelizations of movies and TV. No books set in the Star Wars, Star Trek, or other universes.

4. The Sop to Short Fiction Writers Rule: Short stories, novellas, novelettes — all are OK. There’s a lot of great SF in the short form. And it should go without saying that ebooks are OK, given that we’re here on BVC.

5. The Limit So Things Don’t Get Out of Hand Rule: You’re limited to ten items. A series can be one item. A collection can be one item. If you list a short story, that’s one item. List the author and title. You can say why you picked a particular piece, but limit that to one short sentence per item.

6. The Expand Our Horizons Rule: Since we’re not totaling this up to create a best SF of all time list, this is the place to list authors or works that you think have been overlooked.

7. The Expanded Russ Pledge Rule: There’s a lot of superb SF that wasn’t written by white men in the U.S. and U.K. Include it.

Got it? Here’s my list to get you started:

  • Gwyneth Jones, Bold as Love and its sequels. This is a near-future dystopia and I still want to live there.
  • Gwyneth Jones, Life. I hate to list one author twice, but this is perfect science fiction: an engaging and complex story in which the plot really does turn on the science.
  • Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed. I probably picked this one because of my years organizing co-ops.
  • Joanna Russ, “When It Changed.” This one breaks my heart.
  • James Tiptree Jr., “The Women Men Don’t See.” The core truth here is still true.
  • Samuel R. Delany, Empire Star. I think it’s the idea of simplex, complex, and multiplex thinking that makes this one my favorite of Chip’s many great stories and books.
  • C.J. Cherryh, The Faded Sun trilogy. This series gets the principles of warriorship right.
  • Karen Joy Fowler, “The View From Venus.” This can be read as a romantic comedy, but since Karen wrote it, other things are going on here.
  • Vonda N. McIntyre, Dreamsnake. Read Ursula’s essay on this book; she says it better than I do.
  • Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass and its sequels. Physics is involved, so I consider this SF. Others might call it fantasy.

This is a mixed list of old favorites and current passions, not a ten best of all time list. On another day I might come up with some different choices — I can think of so many great stories I’ve left out. And while my list is not heavy on the men, it is heavy on the US/UK. I could use to do a bit of horizon-expanding myself.

So let’s see some recommendations.


No Man's LandMy story “Gambit” appears in the new anthology No Man’s Land, now available from Dark Quest Press. You can read an excerpt on Book View Cafe.

My novella Changeling is available as an ebook through Book View Cafe. It’s a coming of age story. And it’s not about faeries.

My story “New Lives” is in the latest Book View Cafe ebook anthology, The Shadow Conspiracy II.

My 52 flash fictions and a few other stories are still available for free on Nancy Jane’s Bookshelf, and anthologies containing some of my stories are available through Powell’s.



What’s Your Favorite Science Fiction? — 50 Comments

  1. Hmmm. Off the top of my head:

    The Wild Seed, Octavia Butler
    Dreamsnake, Vonda McIntyre
    The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula LeGuin
    Where Late the Sweet Bird Sang, Kate Wilhelm
    Ananthem, Neal Stephenson

    There are many more, but I haven’t had coffee yet.

  2. Here they are :
    Bujold : The mirror dance/ The mountains of mourning
    Card : Ender’s game
    Cherryh : Cyteen
    LeGuinn : The dispossessed
    Wolfe : The book of the new sun
    I could name a few other titles by Bujold or Cherryh.

  3. I sent in five to NPR, but I can’t remember what they are now but here’s some that come to mind:

    Russ: We Who Are About To
    Stephenson: Snow Crash
    Gibson: Neuromancer
    Lem: Cyberiad
    Moriarty: Spin State
    Vonnegut: Breakfast of Champions
    Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451
    Dunn: Geek Love

  4. Elizabeth Lynn: The Sardonyx Net
    Lisa Goldstein: A Mask For the General
    Joan Slonczewski: A Door Into Ocean
    Nancy Kress: Beggars In Spain
    Harry Turtledove: Guns of the South; In The Presence of Mine Enemies
    Mary Rosenblum: The Drylands
    Poul Anderson: Tau Zero
    Elizabeth Moon: Remnant Population

  5. Bujold – The Vorkosigan series
    Tad Williams – The Otherland quartet
    Alan Dean Foster – Glory Lane
    David Palmer – Emergence
    Dan Simmons – The Hyperion/Endymion series
    David Weber – The Honor Harrington books
    Frank Herbert – Dune
    Stephen Gould – Jumper
    William Gibson – Neuromancer
    A.A. Attanasio – Radix

    Dreamsnake – Vonda McIntyre
    Nekropolis – Maureen McHugh
    Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. Le Guin
    The Illustrated Man – Ray Bradbury
    Slaugterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut

    Margin of Error – Nancy Kress
    The Flowers of Aulit Prison – Nancy Kress
    Think Like a Dinosaur – James Patrick Kelley
    The Green Leopard Plague – Walter John Williams
    The Veldt – Ray Bradbury

  7. Night’s Dawn – Peter F. Hamilton
    The Bohr Maker – Linda Nagata
    The Book of the New Sun – Gene Wolfe
    Helliconia trilogy – Brian Aldiss
    Ring World – Larry Niven
    Saga of the Exiles – Julian May
    Hyperion – Dan Simmons
    Perdido Street Station – China Mieville
    Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
    Neuromancer – William Gibson

  8. What interesting lists! I knew this was a good idea. I don’t know how I managed to leave Gibson off my list — though I’d probably have listed Count Zero in place of Neuromancer. Cherryh’s Cyteen is another book I really loved, and so is Chris Moriarty’s Spin State. Ray Bradbury, Nancy Kress — so many great writers on these lists. And some I haven’t read yet, so there’s a reading list in the making here.

  9. Octavia Butler: Xenogenesis Trilogy – now called Lilith’s Brood
    David Webber: The Honor Harrington Series
    Olaf Stapleton: Last and First Men
    Kage Baker: The ‘Company’ series
    Orson Scott Card: Ender’s Game
    Ann Aguirre: The Sirantha Jax series

    I SO want to list all my favourite Fantasy books. Please start that list soon.

  10. Vonda McIntyre- Starfarers quartet
    Elizabeth Moon- Esmay Suiza series (Once a Hero, Rules of Engagement, Change of Command, Against the Odds)
    A.C. Crispin & Kathleen O’Malley- Silent Dances/Silent Songs
    Sylvia Engdahl- Stewards of the Flame/Promise of the Flame
    David Brin- The Uplift War

    That’s assuming I have to leave out anything young adult, as per NPR — and that I’ve put the boundary in the right place. (I usually ignore it.)

  11. Oooh, what a cool idea!
    Elizabeth Bear, Grail
    Elisabeth Vonarburg, Chroniques du Pays des Mères (The Maerlande Chronicles)
    Roger Zelazny, Lord of Light
    Lois McMaster Bujold, Memory
    Brian Aldiss, Helliconia series
    Lauren Beukes, Moxyland
    Maureen McHugh, China Mountain Zhang

  12. 1. River of Gods by Ian McDonald
    2. Ringworld by Larry Niven
    3. Culture Series by Iain M. Banks
    4. Commonwealth Saga by Peter F. Hamilton
    5. Hyperion Series by Dan Simmons
    6. The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
    7. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
    8. Camouflage by Joe Haldeman
    9. Old Man’s War Series by John Scalzi
    10. Takeshi Kovacs Series by Richard K. Morgan

  13. We’ll do the fantasy list in a couple of weeks.

    I see more books that could have been on my list — I loved Zelazny’s Lord of Light so much that I named my cats out of it (Sam and Tak). And more things that I must read.

    It’s OK to include YA, Kathy S. I can’t quite tell where to draw that line, either.

  14. Some top titles/series that occur to me (that I didn’t necessarily see in other lists):

    Joan D. Vinge – the Winter Queen/Summer Queen
    David Brin: The Uplift trilogy
    Greg Bear: Darwin’s Radio
    Lois McMaster Bujold: The Miles Vorkosigan series
    Olivia Butler: Patternmaster
    David Zindell: The Wild series (Neverness, Broken God, etc.)
    Dan Simmons: Hyperion books
    Kay Kenyon: The Rose quartet
    Vernor Vinge: Fire Upon the Deep
    China Mieville: The City and the City

  15. David Gerrold’s War Against the Chtorr: A Matter for Men (1983); A Day for Damnation (1984); A Rage for Revenge (1989); Season for Slaughter (1992)

    Backbite (2011) by Adrienne Jones

    Beggars in Spain (1991) by Nancy Kress

    The Speed of Dark (2003) by Elizabeth Moon

    Alastair Reynolds’s Revlation Space / Ana Kouri Trilogy: Revelation Space (2000); Redemption Ark (2002); Absolution Gap (2003)

    Spider Robinson’ Lifehouse Trilogy: Mindkiller (1982); Time Pressure (1987); Lifehouse (1997)

    Horizons (2006) by Mary Rosenblum

    Dan Simmons’ Hyperion Cantos: Hyperion (1989); The Fall of Hyperion (1990); Endymion (1996); The Rise of Endymion (1997)

    Anathem (2008) by Neal Stephenson

    John Varley’s Gaean Trilogy: Titan (1979); Wizard (1980); Demon (1984)

  16. I read so little SF that I can’t offer a list as such, but I hadn’t seen this name come up, so I wanted to add it:

    Douglas Adams, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”

  17. OK. I have to do a mea culpa on my NPR poll response. I went for the knee-jerk old favorites (most of which I haven’t read in over 25 years) So I rummaged around in my more recent reading and came up with what I think is probably a better list. More multicultual, less gender bias, less rosy nostalgia. Maybe more likely to appeal to someone born after 1980. However, I stand by The Stars My Destination which I reread pretty often. Thanks for the chance at a do over.

    The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi (2010)
    Daughters of the North (aka Carhullan Army) by Sarah Hall (2007)
    River of Gods by Ian McDonald (2004)
    Natural History by Justina Robson (2003)
    Light by M. John Harrison (2003)
    Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson (2001)
    Perdido Street Station by China Mieville (2000)
    The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh (1997)
    Her Smoke Rose Up Forever [collection] by James Tiptree Jr. (1985)
    The Stars My Destination (aka Tiger! Tiger!) by Alfred Bester (1956)

  18. This is too hard! I could list dozens. But here are some that I think have been overlooked in other lists:

    Dying Inside by Robert Silverberg
    Natural History by Justina Robson
    The Child Garden by Geoff Ryman
    Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
    Time is the Simplest Thing by Clifford Simak (had to include one golden age writer – sadly almost forgotten now)
    Her Smoke Rose Up Forever (collection) by James Tiptree, Jr.
    Nova by Samuel R. Delaney
    A Woman of the Iron People by Eleanor Arnason
    Fairyland by Paul McCauley
    Fireflood and Other Stories by Vonda N. McIntyre

  19. “A Boy and His Dog” by Harlan Ellison
    “‘Repent Harlequin!'” Said the TickTock Man” by Harlan Ellison
    “Even The Queen” by Connie Willis
    “Barnacle Bill, the Spacer” by Lucius Shepard
    “Sailng to Byzantium” by Robert Silverberg
    The Sparrow by Maria Doria Russell
    Brother Termite by Patricia Anthony
    The Birth of the People’s Republic of Antarctica
    by John Calvin Batchelor
    Sarah Canary by Karen Joy Fowler
    Easy Travel to Other Planets by Ted Mooney

  20. Kairos — Gwyneth Jones
    The Book of the New Sun — Gene Wolfe
    Driftglass (collection) — Samuel R. Delany
    Stations of the Tide — Michael Swanwick
    Dr. Bloodmoney — Philip K. Dick
    900 Grandmothers — R. A. Lafferty
    The Unsleeping Eye — D. G. Compton
    The Start of the End of It All and Other Stories — Carol Emshwiller
    Blood Music — Greg Bear
    The Persistence of Vision (collection) — John Varley

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  22. I submitted a list to NPR but they did not take because their program thought James Tiptree Jr. and and Hiroshi Yamamoto and Neverness were bad language. And your program has flagged them all. Let’s see if they go through
    !. Her Smoke goes up forever(collected stories) by James Tiptree Jr.
    2.Neverness by David Zindell
    3. The stories of Ibis by Hiroshi Yamamoto
    4. Sector General by James White
    5. Cybele and Bluebonnets by Charles L. Harness

  23. 1)Neuromancer William Gibson
    2)Hyperion Dan Simmons
    3)Dune Frank Herbert
    4) Ender’s Game O.S.Card
    5) Blindsight Peter Watts

  24. African SF
    South Africa:
    Deadlands by Lily Herne
    Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
    The map and the territory by James Sey and Minnette Vari (Chimurenga 12 & 13: Dr. Satan’s Echo Chamber)

    Vacancy for the post of Jesus Christ by Kojo Laing (Ghana) – straddles SF/F (short story)
    The shadow speaker by Nnedi Okorafor (Nigeria/US)

  25. I notice several books I might have called fantasy — Nnedi Okorafor’s The Shadow Speaker and Karen Joy Fowler’s Sarah Canary. Unless you’re talking about space opera or heroic quest stories, the line can get kind of fuzzy. Where do you put stories set in the future with some changes in tech that have some magic thrown in?

    Nick, I really appreciate the list of African SF. While I’ve heard of Lauren Beukes and read Nnedi Okorafor, I don’t know anything about the other books. Nnedi’s work has made me want to read more.

    There is a wonderful reading list here.

  26. Nancy, one possible reading of Sarah Canary considers Sarah as being an alien from another planet, which would then make it SF….

  27. The Portrait of Baron Negay – Barry B. Longyear
    Downbelow Station – CJ Cherryh
    Usurper of the Sun – Housuke Nojiri
    Lord of the Sands of Time – Issui Ogawa
    Harmony – Project Itoh
    A Deepness in the Sky – Vernor Vinge
    With Folded Hands – Jack Williamson

  28. ‘Netwalkers series by Jane S Fancher
    Foreigner series by CJ Cherryh
    The Science of Discworld by Terry Pratchett et al – this is certainly fiction about science 🙂
    The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursala K LeGuin
    True Names by Vernor Vinge – In 1977, this had to be the first novel about the networld.
    The Veiled Web and Sunrise Alley by Catherine Asaro
    The Chaos Chronicles by Jeffrey Carver

  29. INFERNO larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
    WHAT’S IT LIKE OUT THERE? Edmond Hamilton
    THE MAN WHO CAME EARLY Poul Anderson
    LAST OF THE ROMANY Norman Spinrad
    TARZAN OF THE APES Edgar Rice Burroughs
    EARTH ABIDES George Stewart

    These are favorites but also representative of types of SF. I must admit to being very biased towards a well-crafted short story. I was unsure if horror was included or I would’ve put a EA Poe story. He was a master in his best short stories.

  30. I see complaints about not enough foreign SF on the lists. As a former exchange student to Japan and one who reads much I have two replies: many stories are evocative because of the mood their language leaves in your mind. Translations try but often lose the flavor of the original. Also, whether you like it or not, English-speaking countries’ writers seem to produce more SF than many other languages. Every now and then LOCUS tries to figure out why.
    I suspect that it has to do with cultural factors–since there is not as much SF written in for example Portuguese, so people in Brasil are more likely to write what their own countrymen read more of.

  31. These are a mix of titles I actually re-read, which I don’t usually do, titles others have mentioned, and works I think are good and need some publicity. It’s more biased towards expanding the list of favorites than racking up additional votes for some of the worthy titles mentioned already.

    1) The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
    2) “The Colour Out of Space”, H. P. Lovecraft
    3) The Paradox Men, Charles L. Harness
    4) The War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells
    5) The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
    6) “The Last Article”, Harry Turtledove
    7) CoDominium series, Jerry Pournelle
    8) “Beggars in Spain”, Nancy Kress
    9) Mars series, Kim Stanley Robinson
    10) When Heaven Fell, William Barton

  32. The following books.series are all among my favourites, but I have as others before me skewed the selection slightly toward books and authors not yet mentioned or less well-known.

    Lyda Morehouse, the Angel Protocol series
    L. Timmel duChamp, the Marq’ssan Cycle (series)
    Rachel Pollack, Unquenchable Fire
    Sarah Zettel, Fool’s War
    Vandana Singh, Distances
    Karen Traviss, The Wess’har Wars series
    Maurren McHugh, Mission Child
    Eleanor Arnason, Ring of Swords
    Elisabeth Vonarburg, the Maerlande Chronicles (aka In The Mother’s Land)
    Mary Gentle, Ash

  33. Yes, much African SF has ‘magical’ roots, so genre boundaries are indeed blurred, Nancy. Aliette pointed out Lauren’s first novel ‘Moxyland’ earlier, which is probably more purely SF than her second ‘Zoo City.’ Whatever the labels, though, all darn good reads!

  34. In the Garden of Iden / Kage Baker

    ‘Understand’ (among other wonderfulness), Stories of Your Life and Others / Ted Chiang

    ‘They’re Made Out of Meat’ (among other delights), Bears Discover Fire / Terry Bisson

    Jumper / Steven Gould

    ‘I See You’ (as well as at least one other masterpiece), One Side Laughing / Damon Knight

    ‘Ginungagap’ (among other goodies), Gravity’s Angels / Michael Swanwick

    ‘The Phantom of Kansas’ (and pretty much everything else), The Persistence of Vision / John Varley

    The Rifters Trilogy–Starfish, Maelstrom, and Behemoth: ?-Max / Behemoth: Seppuku / Peter Watts

    ‘The Winter Beach’ (Anyone know the title of the novel this novella was the basis for?), Listen, Listen / Kate Wilhelm

    The Book of the New Sun / Gene Wolfe

  35. The answer to my own question popped into my head, amusingly enough in the form of the cover illustration (I’ve never read Wilhelm’s expansion of ‘The Winter Beach,’ but my weird, aging brain remembered what its publisher dressed it in …). The novel Wilhelm made from her novella is called Welcome, Chaos.

  36. A few off the top of my head…

    The Cyberiad by Stanislaw Lem – I’m a computer programmer, and this is what I recommend to people who wonder what programming is really like.

    Saga of Pleistocene Exile/Milieu series by Julian May.

    Commonwealth Saga by Peter F. Hamilton (Pandora’s Star/Judas Unchained, the Void trilogy, and more to come). When Hamilton writes a 900-page book, it’s like four or five short novels, rather than one long grinding narrative.

    Always Coming Home by Ursula K. Le Guin. In many ways, this is the book I wish Anathem had been.

  37. Heroes and Villains – Angela Carter
    Who? – Algis Budrys
    Her Smoke Rose Up Forever (the collection, not just the story) – James Tiptree Jr.
    The Lathe of Heaven – Ursula le Guin
    The Penultimate Truth – Philip K. Dick
    The Dream Master – Roger Zelazny
    Cosmicomics – Italo Calvino
    Agent of the Unknown – Margaret St. Clair
    The Centauri Device – M. John Harrison
    The Birthgrave – Tanith Lee

    I long ago gave up feeling guilty about all the worthy books and authors I’ve passed by in my reading life. Every choice is also an exclusion – no way to get around it, and as Emerson said, “Read proudly – put the duty of being read invariably on the author. If he is not read, whose fault is it? I am quite ready to becharmed, but I shall not make-believe that I am charmed.”

  38. Practically all I could think of earlier was fantasy. But some more sf now:

    The Snow Queen/The Summer Queen by Joan D. Vinge

    A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

    Dream Park and The California Voodoo Game by Larry Niven and Steve Barnes.

    And the SO would like to contribute the Freehold series by Michael Z. Williamson.

  39. I was just filling out my panel interest questionnaire for ArmadilloCon, and indicated I’d like to be on a panel discussing a reading list for a college SF class because this discussion has given me a wealth of material to recommend!

  40. Love is the Plan, the Plan is Death – James Tiptree Jr.

    The Book of the New Sun – Gene Wolfe

    Stories of Your Life and Others – Ted Chiang

    The Glass Bead Game – Hermann Hesse

    Bloodchild (the story, not the collection) – Octavia Butler

    Stars in my Pocket like Grains of Sand – Samuel Delany

    The Saffron Gatherers – Elizabeth Hand

    Blindsight – Peter Watts

    Celestis – Paul Park

    The Cost to be Wise – Maureen McHugh

  41. Okay, #s 9 and 10:

    Signal to Noise/A Signal Shattered by Eric S. Nylund – A great idea of taking a basic idea and following it all the way through– starts as relatively small-scale near-future cyberpunk, and ends as space opera.

    Chanur’s Legacy by C. J. Cherryh – I’m not that big a fan of Cherryh in general, but I love this one.

  42. Hyperion Cantos – Dan Simmons
    Ilium/Olympos – Dan Simmons
    The City and the City – China Mieville
    The Windup Girl – Paolo Bacigalupi
    Galileo’s Dream – Kim Stanley Robinson

  43. I already gave the five I gave to NPR that were rejected. Here are my remaining five after consideration.
    1. Yarn by Jon Armstrong
    2. The Garments of Caean by Barrington J. Bayley
    3. The Jaguar Hunter by Lucius Shepard
    4. Creatures of Light and Darkness by Roger Zelazny
    5. Marooned in Realtime by Vernor Vinge

  44. @Thomas Parker >The Lathe of Heaven – Ursula le Guin

    This slender (but by no means meager) Le Guin novel would have been my no. 13 (after Delany’s Nova and Gibson’s Neuromancer).

  45. The Hyperion Cantos – Dan Simmons
    A Deepness in the Sky – Vernor Vinge
    The Algerbraist – Iain Banks
    In the Garden Of Iden – Kage Baker
    Neuromancer – William Gibson
    the world for world is forest – Ursula Le Guin
    Doomsday Book – Connie Willis
    The City and The City – China Mieville

  46. These are in addition to everyone else’s lists – that is, they’re not (I don’t think) previously mentioned, and yet more than deserve consideration…

    Sharon Shinn – her “Samaria” series
    Sherri S. Tepper – The Family Tree
    Kathleen Ann Goonan – Light Music
    Elizabeth Bear – Dust
    Connie Willis – Bellwether
    Elizabeth Moon – The Speed of Dark
    Stephen R. Donaldson – the “Gap” series
    Anne McCaffrey – Nimisha’s Ship
    John Scalzi – Old Man’s War
    Kim Stanley Robinson – the “Mars” trilogy

  47. “In Our Block” — R.A. LAFFERTY
    “The Last Flight of Doctor Ain” — JAMES TIPTREE JR.
    “Understand” — TED CHIANG
    “Light of Other Days” — BOB SHAW
    “The Fifth Head of Cerberus” — GENE WOLFE
    “The Squirrel Cage” — THOMAS M. DISCH
    “Lighting Out” — KEN MACLEOD
    “The Voices of Time” — J.G. BALLARD
    “The City of the Singing Flame” — CLARK ASHTON SMITH

  48. Neuromancer–William Gibson
    Chasm City–Alastair Reynolds
    Hyperion–Dan Simmons
    Pandora’s Star/Judas Unchained–Peter F. Hamilton
    The Forever War–Joe Haldeman
    Worlds Trilogy–Joe Haldeman
    Girl in Landscape–Jonathan Lethem

  49. I should have added my 2 cents here earlier, but didn’t get around to it.

    Golden Witchbreed – Mary Gentle
    Ancient Light – Mary Gentle

  50. Late to the game, and I’ll stick with a favorite author who’s not been mentioned here yet.

    Hellspark – Janet Kagan
    Miribile – Janet Kagan