"sci-fi" (pronounced "sigh-fie" or "skiffy") usually means "cheap Japanese monster movies." The good stuff, beginning with Robert A. Heinlein's 1939 short story "Life-Line," is always people stories.
Lately I've been feasting on the Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey...she's one of the few writers who uses humor to flesh out her characters...as did Heinlein.
I still haven't made up my mind about Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover novels; they start out as SF, but have a great deal of what I classify as fantasy (mind-reading, psi, etc.)
Anyway, SF and Fantasy (and mysteries) have been my choice of reading for entertainment since I was a teenager. I also like biographies of famous, or interesting, atheists. And Colleen McCullough's "Masters of Rome" series.
I haven't read any new books in about 5 years because I can't afford them, and I have no way to get to any of the local libraries. There used to be a small branch a few blocks from my house, but they enlarged and moved it over by the airport....and didn't make the parking lot big enough.
So...I just re-read my (enormous) collection every few years.
PS: I think A Fall of Moondust was by Arthur C. Clarke. I read a condensed Readers Digest version of that one years and years ago.
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Yes, A Fall of Moondust was by Arthur C. Clarke. I just looked-it-up on Wikipedia, Read the very condensed story, and didn't remember one bit of it. I should read it again one day.
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