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Judging from the volume of discussions, and the expertise shown, I thought I would reach out to the sci fi community for some recommendations.
I have been reading sci fi for more than forty years. I loved Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov, earlry Lary Niven, the Niven/Pournelle collaborations, the initial volumes of David Weber's Honor Harrington series and many others.
Lately, i've enjoyed the military sci fi, space opera genre. Richard Morgan, Jack Campbell, R.E. Meluch, Michael Shepherd's Kris Longnife, his earlier Mike Moscoe books, Walter Joh WIlliams Dread Empires fall,Kristine, Kathryn Rusch, Robert Buettner.
This is probably my favorite kind, but other types include Larry Correia, Devon Monk, Karen Traviss, Warren Hammond, C.L. Anderson, Adam Troy-Castro.
I would be most thankful for recommendations to expand my reading list. I have a great deal of trouble separating the good sci fi from what I find to be mostly a fantasy world.
Well, based on those you named, I would recommend you investigate the following writers. Some of them write both science fiction and fantasy, but for you I would stick to the science fiction.
The next ones are not consistent with the list you named, but I'm going to recommend them anyway. You never know... ;)
Don't overlook the female sci-fi authors. Some of them do really great military sci-fi too.
Andre Norton - her star trader and time travel series are both very good. Some may class this as young adult fiction but I still love it at 63.
Elizabeth Moon - she has a great fantasy series that starts with The Deeds of Paksenarriol about a religious female warrior.
Anne McCaffrey - start with Sassinak in that series (co-author is Elizabeth Moon), also the series that starts with Freedom's Landing
Lois Bujold - her Miles Vorkosigan series is highly addictive
C.J. Cherryh - her Chanur series is great; some of her other stuff I also loved, others I loathed. (I have two of the Chanur series posted.)
Some other male authors are Chris Bunch and his The Last Legion and Star Risk series; H. Beam Piper's stuff is soooo good, even more so because there is so little of it; and Eric Frank Russell's stuff can be hard to find, but it is great classic sci-fi as he was one of the first to get into this genre.
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Based on your post, consider some overseas authors, Neal Asher (pick up Prador Moon and Gridlinked) and Iain Banks (Consider Phlebas and Use of Weapons). Seriously.
I've been reading SF for 40-45 years too. My new personal discovery, Alastair Reynolds.
Joe Haldeman for your military fix, not that his good stuff is limited to that. If you want to look into CJ Cherryh I'd recommend starting with the Faded Sun trilogy. It features an interesting, militaristic alien culture.
If you enjoyed Russell's Wasp, then you might also enjoy these four:
Galactic Odyssey - by Keith Laumer
The Falling Torch - Algis Budrts
The High Crusade - Poul Anderson
Ten Years to Doomsday - Chester Anderson and Michael Kurland
I just checked. All four are posted here.
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Susan R. Matthews for military sci-fi, set in space! She has a series that I really, really enjoyed, about the Jurisdiction universe. The first one was nominated for the Philip K. Dick award in 1997. Highly recommended.
Slightly less well written, more for entertainment, you could try Stephen L. Kent's clone series. Interesting premise, but just not quite as well done as the Matthews books. (Less character depth, more physical adventure)
You haven't mentioned Vernor Vinge, but he is one of my favorite authors. A Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky. If you haven't read those (I don't know many who have missed them, but you never know) ... definitely try them out. Multiple awards winners, both books.
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I can't believe no one has mentioned David Drake! His Hammer's Slammers series are archetypical military SF and are about a tank company in a human dominated interstellar setting. He also has the Leary & Mundy (or RCN) series that are great space opera novels. He has a trilogy Igniting The Reaches, Through The Breach and Fireships which are space opera in the vein of the Elizabethan explorers and pirates.
I'd also suggest Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan novels, particularly The Warrior's Apprentice, Brothers In Arms, The Vor Game, MIrror Dance and Borders of Infinity.
Since you liked the Shepherd/Moscoe books, I'd guess you'd like Debra Doyle and James Macdonald's series that starts with The Price of the Stars. Check out the cover of that one - a female space pirate with an eyepatch? Can't beat that, and the contents are just as good.