Okay, so I’m mostly a fantasy and supernatural horror reader, but I’ve been on something of a sci-fi kick lately. Thing is, it’s been long enough since I read sci-fi regularly that I’m not sure what the good modern options are.
I’m a fan of Jack McDevitt and Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and I’m looking for more along those lines. That is, "harder" sci-fi than, say, Star Trek, but soft enough that it’s still character/plot-driven first (as opposed to being an examination of future tech/culture), and easily followed by someone who barely knows a nanobot from a megabyte. (The same touch of mystery one finds in McDevitt and Rusch is a plus, but not essential.)
So, go ahead. Sci-fi me up, baby.