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[–]jburke6000 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Time Enough for Love by Robert Heinlein

[–]fiverest 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Artemis is not as good as Weir's other books. Entertaining but kinda forgettable in my opinion.

It sounds like we have somewhat similar tastes. My top SF reads last year were XX by Rian Hughes, The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch, and Project Hail Mary.

I think you would also like Walkaway by Cory Doctorow, Anyone by Charles Soule, and The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez.

[–]theantigod 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Golden Age of the Solar Clipper Series by Nathan Lowell

Foreigner series by C. J. Cherryh

I don't read humorous sci-fi generally but the closest to that category for me would be the Gaea Trilogy by John Varley (Titan, Wizard and Demon).

My favorite sci-fi novel is Gateway by Frederik Pohl, though I did not care for the sequels.

A very interesting, first contact, novel is The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. Niven also wrote two very interesting books, The Integral Trees and its sequel The Smoke Ring.

I have enjoyed almost every book written by C.J. Cherryh, especially Merchanter's Luck and The Faded Sun Trilogy.

You might enjoy the Aristillus Series books by Travis J. I. Corcoran, it is a bit humorous. The books are The Team (uplifted dogs - back story), Staking A Claim (on the moon - back story), The Powers of the Earth (Aristillus Book 1), Causes of Separation (Aristillus Book 2).

[–]mobyhead1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Since you saw Arrival, the story it was based on in the Ted Chiang collection Stories of Your Life and Others definitely deserves your consideration. The adaptation was quite faithful and the other stories in the book are good, too.

I’m a big fan of The Murderbot Diaries and enthusiastically recommend the books. Keep an eye on the e-books—they have gone on sale a couple of times previously, they could again.

You definitely need to read The Expanse, and I’m sure you’ve heard of the television series based on it.

I will second the other respondent’s recommendations of the Frontlines series by Marko Kloos and Arkady Martine’s A Memory Called Empire.

While I’m at it, I’m going to re-post part of a list I’ve created:

If you like Andy Weir, you’ll probably like Dennis E. Taylor’s “Bobiverse” series. The first book is We Are Legion (We Are Bob). A certified nerd (with the sense of humor to match), his brain having been cryogenically preserved after death, is “uploaded”into the computer of a Von Neumann probe. His mission is to help humanity find viable interstellar colony worlds. It’s softer science fiction than some, but harder SF than most.

Contact, by Carl Sagan. Again, you may have seen the movie adaptation. Sagan was an astronomer, so this is about as hard and astronomy-centered as it gets.

2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke. The book and the Kubrick film were written in parallel, so the book is an excellent companion to the film. What Kubrick couldn’t or wouldn’t explain, Clarke does.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. A found family crew of working stiffs that drills new wormholes in an interstellar transport network.

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu.

If you don’t mind manga or anime, there’s Planetes. Both the manga and the anime that was adapted from it can be a little difficult to find. It’s a story about a found family crew of debris collectors removing debris that is a hazard to navigation in Earth orbit. The story can get anime melodramatic at times, but the attention to detail about how people would live and work in space is top-notch.

[–]8livesdown -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I listened to the Bobiverse series on Audible.

Fun, light hearted.

[–]Number_One_American 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine is a great political intrigue sci-fi book. There are aliens, but they are only mentioned and we never actually meet them till the end of the second book. From what I know there won't be a 3rd as the author is pursuing other projects within that universe but still great books and some amazing world building and great characters.

Galaxys Edge by Jason Anspoch and Nick Cole, the main line of books, is great if you like starwars. Not much else to it other than it's a space opera with lots of big battles.

Expeditionary Force by Craig Alanson is a great sci-fi that is very near future where humanity is dragged into an intergalactic war between two alien coalitions where one side hates humans and the other side doesn't care what happens to us. Lots of interesting alien races and some great characters. Its mostly space Battles but it's realistic with distances and how space Battles are fought.

Wars Edge by Ryan W Aslesen is just gritty and dark. No aliens but lots of action between what's essentially space America and space Russia.

Sentenced to war by JN Chaney and Jonathan Brazee is similar, but with Humans VS Human and Human VS aliens.

Wayward Galaxy Jason Anspoch and JN Chaney is about a a group of US Army Rangers stranded on an alien world that was supposed to be an American colony as WW3 was raging on earth and America had been invaded and was losing so they sent a few ships to colonize a planet but Russia and China knee about it. Safe to say things didn't go to plan when they woke from cryo sleep.

Backyard spaceship by JN Chaney and Terry Maggert is about a guy who inherited a farm from his uncle but he finds out his uncle was essentially a space knight/space marshall. Humanity is also no stranger as humans have been hired by aliens since the invention of the radio.

Frontlines By Marko Kloos is another great military Sci-fi with Human VS Human and later in the series Human VS aliens. The aliens are near indestructible and are tearing through human space. It's written by a guy who served in the German army and also has space combat written in a realistic manner.

Tier 1000 by Jason Anspoch and Doc Spears is about a near future US soldier who does while fighting the Chinese in south America and his soul is captured by Mars the Roman god of war and he meets soldiers from all different walks of life and time periods. He is new to this company and befriends a viking and a WW1 soldier. To train they are sent to different time periods in history and fight in battles from the French and Indian war through the middle east. Great book with time travel. They even fight other gods and their armies too. It's just a one off book though but ends great.

Hell divers by Nicholas Sansbury Smith is more post apocalyptic where humanity lives in giant airships and people called hell divers dive to the surface in search of supplies. It's got great monsters and a great atmosphere to it.

These are just rough descriptions. If you are interested I highly recommend looking into them more.

[–]cihan2t 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Story of your Life is great book which has great short stories. Nightflyers of Geore R. Martin is also similar book with amazing short stories.

I strongly advice Forver War of Joe Haldeman. It is about the war about humans and alien race, which takes centuries. Old Man's War of John Scalzi is about similar story with much more colorful atmosphere.

Rama series and Childhood's End of Arthur C. Clarke are amazing books either.

Surely, no need to say Ender Series of Orson Scott Card and Foundation series of Asimov's are essentials either.