Wow I am so glad I found this topic. Thanx for all the good recommendations here. I fell in love with sci fi in my teens reading Clark, Asimov etc. Then came Greg Bear, although lately I just can't get into his work as much as I used to. just way above my head. Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchette ( who I think of as more fantasy) are also right up there.
I must be the only person in the world not to have read 1984, although I've always hear about it ( might be a cultural thing) it was probably banned in South Africa while I grew up
Looking forward to reading a lot of your recommendations though.
Robert Anson Heinlein. Stranger in a Strange Land was great, as was The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life." - Beyond This Horizon
"I also think there are prices too high to pay to save the United States. Conscription is one of them. Conscription is slavery, and I don't think that any people or nation has a right to save itself at the price of slavery for anyone, no matter what name it is called. We have had the draft for twenty years now; I think this is shameful.
If a country can't save itself through the volunteer service of its own free people, then I say : Let the damned thing go down the drain!"
Ahem. Fuck Roosevelt! :)