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Desperate for something new - recommendations please

I've become rather desperate. I'm an avid Sci fi/Fantasy reader and every time I wander the book stores all I see are the same books I read when I was a kid 20 years ago. I'm desperate for something new, especially new authors, but have a bugger of a time finding anything.



A short sample of authors I've really loved
Stephen Baxter
Tad Williams
Catherine Asaro - (I love the Skolian Empire series and I never see any of her books in the stores)
Terry Pratchet
Neil Gaiman
Douglas Adams
Alfred Bester
Lois McMaster Bujold - (I'm addicted to the Miles books)
Diane Duane - (Young Wizard series)
Rayomd Feist
David Eddings
Ursula K LeGuin
Elizabeth Moon
Paul Cook
Robert L Forward - (Absolutely loved Dragon's Egg and Starquake)
C.S. Friedman - This Alien Shore is one of my fav books out there :)


A few items I really don't like
Alternate Histories
Romance/Relationships - with the exception of Asaro, the subject usually bores me to death
Military Sci-Fi
Urban Fantasy - I just haven't been able to get into the dark, dangerous, sensitive guys, the tough and dangerous women, fights, drug use, little substance, etc. Examples of this are Caitlin Kiernan, Twilight books, Anita Blake, etc. Basic rule, if it has vampires and/or werewolves in it I will probably dislike it. (Not that I dislike vampires specifically, just most of the books written about them. I did enjoy many of Anne Rice's books.)

If it was published or the series was started more than 5 years ago, I have very likely either read it or it has fallen into my don't like list.

Anyway, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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