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I was wondering if anyone can help me out....my husband reads sci-fi but all of his favorite authors are dead so he has read most of their books....what are the names of some current authors so I can find him some books....he likes Orson Scott Card...Issac Asimov....Aurther C. Clarke just to name a few. He isn't to into the fantasy side/
Hi Jen, Some writers he might like are Jack McDevitt, John Scalzi and Kristine Kathryn Rusch's Retrieval Artist series. I have the first one, the Disappeared on my bookshelf. John Scalzi wrote Old Man's War and a couple of sequals. Jack McDevitt comes out with a new book every November, I'm waiting for Cauldron which will be out soon. All of these authors are hard science fiction.
Try Iain M. Banks (make sure you get his sci-fi stuff, his general fiction is very different) and Vernor Vinge for space-opera type stuff.
William Gibson and Neal Asher for cyberpunk.
Neal Stephenson's earlier stuff (especially Snow Crash) and Cory Doctorow for near-future plausible societal extrapolations.
Lots of people like Charles Stross - some space operas and some spoofs - but I can't say I've been too impressed.
Feel free to PM me if you want more extensive recommendations.
In the B's and C's alone, here are a few of my favorites:
Some or all of these authors may already be well read by your husband, but I believe all are alive and producing. As far as the really new guys on the block, I haven't read enough of their works to make an opinion about them yet.
I would try this site. You can search by author and there are links to Amazon and other sites with reviews of the books:
Ditto on those guys above.
Try Allastair Reynolds and Walter Jon Williams, too, for Space Opera-type stories.
Try Asimov's magazine, too. It is a great way to find new authors in the genre. It features short fiction and has book reviews of new stuff coming out. http://www.asimovs.com/
I was able to find a year's subscription online at a discount place for about twenty bucks.
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I know I'm a little late to the party, but maybe I can contribute.
Charles Stross is pretty good - especially in Accelerando, Glasshouse (dystopic and not very space operatic), Singularity Sky, and Iron Sunrise. Some of it has some interesting humor.
Walter Jon Williams is another good one. His recent works, The Dread Empire's Fall (The Praxis, The Sundering and The Rules of War) have some nice space opera bits. Some of his older works, particularly Aristoi, Angel Station and the Drake Majestral series are worth picking up.
Ken Macleod is another good one. Your husband is probably more likely to enjoy Newton's Wake of his works, though the Engines of Light trilogy may work as well. Learning The World is another one worthy of consideration.
Alastair Reynolds, one of the new British Revolution and I'll admit I'm a drooling fanboy for. Good hard SF trappings and some interesting characters. His best works to my taste are Pushing Ice, Chasm City, Revelation Space and The Prefect. His short stories are great as well.
Peter Watts is another author who's work I'll suggest, especially Blindsight.
Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigian series may be worth pursuing. Space opera with military SF overtones, interesting characters, etc. Very much well worth it. Books in the series and universe are numerous and a complete listing can be found here.
Karl Schroeder might fit the bill with Permanence, Lady of Mazes and Ventus, though if your husband has read and enjoyed Niven's The Smoke Ring, his Virga series (Sun of Suns and Queen of Candesce) might entertain him as well.
I'm suprised nobody's said Kevin J. Anderson yet. The Saga of Seven Suns series is fantastic. It's influenced by Dune, almost to the point of copying Dune. But The Saga of Seven Suns is a great series.