Does anyone here have any recommendations for good science fiction space-type books? Preferably available on the Kindle? The glut of self-published stuff on Amazon has made it almost impossible for me to look through recently-published (well, the last couple of years, mostly) science fiction and space opera to find stuff I might like to read. You can certainly rec self-published stuff if you think it's good; I just don't want to click through page after page of the crappy stuff to find the good ones (I've got Marko Kloos' Terms of Enlistment in the Possible Purchase folder, for example--if you've read it all and can review, thanks!).

As a vague idea of what I might like: hard SF and space opera that isn't primarily military in nature. No Honor Harrington, in other words. I downloaded the sample for James S. S. Corey's Leviathan Wakes, and liked the sample enough to put it into my "Possible Purchase" folder. I read both of Jack McDevitt's Priscilla Hutchins and Alex Benedict series, although I have to say the way everyone sounds, dresses, and acts exactly like 20th century Americans kinda drives me nuts (he just has a way of setting up mysteries that make me have to know more about them). Although I said no military, I did enjoy John Scalzi's Old Man's War series, so that's not an unbending rule. :D I also liked Vernor Vinge's A Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky, although I need to reread them before I can tackle The Children of the Sky.

And yes, in case you're new, I've read all of Lois McMaster Bujold and was a total fangirl back in the day, although I've cooled off since.

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