Ok so Im sitting here at work leafing through page after page on the internet looking for some advice when I realise Im a member of a forum thats the perfect place to ask!! Silly me.
Im a huge fan of Iain M Banks 'Culture' novels. I own and have read all of them at least twice each...well actually I leant them to a mate who probably wont give them back so I'll have to buy them all again I think. Anyway I digress.
I seached on Google for authors similar to Iain M Banks and came up with precisely squat. I tried changing the search a bit and am still no closer to finding anything.
Im looking for forcefields, lasers, nano-technology, weird alien species both nice and nasty, AI characters, super space ships, emmense and varied space habitats and all that jazz! Please can somebody recommend a one or two autors I can get started with that are sort of similar.
Maybe a series of books set in the same universe but not necessarily related to eachother in any way like the Culture novels so you get a feel for whats possible in that universe?
Im reading some Terry Pratchett Disc World novels at the moment which I've never tried before and are very good but Im feeling the urge to read some killer sci-fi again.
So over to the experts!