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If you are not interested in space stories, feel free to talk about any kind of book that you enjoy or are presently reading.  I only have a theme to get discussion going.

I talk a great deal about fantasy books and series, but Science Fiction is fun to read, too, especially the ones I call Space Opera.  I began The Expanse series by two authors who call themselves James S. A. Corey with Leviathan Wakes.  It was a thriller and I liked the characters so I ordered a brand new one called Cibola Burn.  Before I started it, I realized there were two more stories before that one so I ordered them.  I just finished Caliban’s War and I have started Abaddon’s Gate.  

I had recently read Cherryh’s books, Downbelow Station, Heavy Time, Hellburner and Finity’s End which put me in the same kind of space where there are independent spacers and alliances and players on Earth and Mars.  

I also like stories with aliens.

The stories are fun, but they also make me think about other ways of living and thinking.

What do you like best about space stories?  The worlds that are built?  The characters who dare the deep space?  The aliens?  The space ships themselves?  Chases through space?  The mystery of who did it and why?  

My favorite Space Stories and Aliens Series:

Barry Longyear

Enemy Papers series:
      Enemy Mine
      Tomorrow Testament
      Last Enemy

Andy Weir

The Martian

C. J. Cherryh

Pride of Chanur
Chanur’s Venture
Kif Strike Back
Homecoming
Chanur’s Legacy

The Company Wars:

Downbelow Station (1981)
Merchanter's Luck (1982)
Rimrunners (1989)
Heavy Time (1991)
Hellburner (1992)
Devil to the Belt (2000) – single-volume edition of the above two books
Tripoint (1994)
Finity's End

The Foreigner Series:

   Foreigner
   Invader
   Inheritor
   Precursor
   Defender
   Explorer
   Destroyer
   Pretender
   Deliverer
   Conspirator
   Deceiver
   Betrayer
   Intruder
   Protector
   Peacemaker

Elizabeth Moon

Heris Serrano
      Hunting Party
      Sporting Chance
     Winning Colors
      Once a Hero
      Rules of Engagement
      Change of Command
      Against the Odds

Vatta’s War
     Trading in Danger
      Marque and Reprisal
     Engaging the Enemy
     Command Decision
     Victory Conditions

James White

Tales of Sector General series:

   Galactic Gourmet
   Final Diagnosis
   Mind Changer
   Genocidal Healer
   Silent Stars Go By
   Double Contact
   Hospital Station
   Star Surgeon
   Major Operation
   Ambulance Ship
   Sector General
   Star Healer
   Code Blue
   General Practice
   Alien Emergencies

David Brin

   Sundiver
   Startide Rising
   Uplift War
   Brightness Reef
   Infinity’s Shore
   Heaven’s Reach

Spider Robinson

  Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon

Arthur C. Clarke

Rendezvous with Rama

Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke

James S. A.Corey (James S.A. Corey is the pen name used by collaborators Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck)

The Expanse series:

     Leviathan Wakes
     Caliban’s War
     Abaddon’s Gate
     Cibola Burn

Neal Stephenson

Anathem

David Feintuch

1.    Midshipman's Hope (1994)
2.    Challenger's Hope (1995)
3.    Prisoner's Hope (1995)
4.    Fisherman's Hope (1996)
5.    Voices of Hope (1996)
6.    Patriarch's Hope (1999)
7.    Children of Hope (2001)

Alan Dean Foster

Founding of the Commonwealth:

   Phylogenesis
   Dirge
   Diuturnity’s Dawn

Isaac Asimov

Foundation Trilogy:

       Foundation
       Foundation and Empire
       Second Foundation

Peter F. Hamilton

Great North Road

Sharon Miller and Steve Lee

Liaden series:

     Balance of Trade
     Partners in Necessity tri
        Conflict of Honors
        Agent of Change
        Carpe Diem
     Plan B
     Local Custom
     Scout’s Progress
        Mouse and Dragon sequel to SP
     I Dare
     Fledgling  
     Saltation  
     Ghost Ship  
     Necessity’s Child

Mary Doria Russell

The Sparrow
The Children of God

This leaves my readers with lots of names to add in the comments which is always good.

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Originally posted to Readers and Book Lovers on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 05:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Progressive Friends of the Library Newsletter.

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