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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