I'm pretty unacquainted with sci-fi literature and being all old and lazier and now- the shelf seems pretty daunting (to slough through the technobabble to try and get to the meat).
I've read some Asimov. His short stories (from Robot Dreams) are really interesting, but the longer the work, the more his weakness in characterization/dialogue shows (Robot series). I've also read Perdido Street Station by China Mievelle- who is so in love with his own world and the same 10 obscure adjectives meaning "dilapidated" that he never bothers to get to the point. And The Hitchiker's Guide, which was cute but not very lasting. And Ender's Game... who in the hell wants to read about other people playing a video game. And then boring moral retconn about it not being a video game. (Does Brave New World count?)
So what's GOOD?
Perservering with THHGTG can help.. of course, it's quite "British" so that might be why it appeals to me..
Originally Posted by AvereX
Good Omens : The Nice and Accurate Prophicies of Agnes Nutter
Originally Posted by ed111
The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison
Another anti-hero. Fast and furious stuff: amusing and entertaining.
..and also by Harry Harrison, the Bill the Galactic Hero, at least the first couple. Just fun sci fi snacks for the jaded.
Originally Posted by Sarcasticus
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson.
Originally Posted by Noel
Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson (I've heard nothing but praise for this novel)
Yes. Snow Crash is a must. The sequel (of sorts) Diamond Age is great, too.
I grew up on Andre Norton (Sargasso of Space etc).. which is good if you want something in the old fashioned style.