A reader named Kevin writes in looking for a recommendation for a hard science fiction author to try:
I really, really like hard SF in the vein of Arthur C. Clarke, Kim Stanley Robinson (the Mars Trilogy specifically), Stephen Baxter and Gentry Lee. I’ve tried to read some other, more contemporary authors, like Alastair Reynolds, but i just can’t get into his style (specifically when he writes in 1st person…) and his subject matter is just too space opera and “flowery” for me. The only one i really liked of his was Pushing Ice…I couldn’t put that one down. It just seems most of the current authors write space opera, or western, or almost more “fantasy”. I want and love super hard SF, where it takes a loooong time to travel through space, no ESP or special powers or whatever.
How about it, readers? Which Hard SF authors would you recommend?