Today I got the latest shipment from Amazon:
Foundation by Isaac Asimov
Seeker by Jack McDevitt
Wild Seed by Octavia Butler
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Old Man's War by John Scalzi
Basically I've been feeling a little tired of fantasy and wanted to try something a little different on the sci-fi side. Asimov's is obviously a sf classic. Seeker is the third Alex Benedict novel by McDevitt... I really liked the first two. Wild Seed was recommended by Orson Scott Card in his book "How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy", and Butler in general, for being very good at exposition that doesn't feel like info dump, something I always worry about in my own writing. Ender's Game is one of those books I always meant to read when I was younger and never got around to it, but since I really liked the non-fiction book mentioned above I decided to go for it. And Old Man's War... I've had it on my Amazon wishlist forever, and I actually don't remember how it got there to begin with, but I know I've seen it recommended many places and the premise sounds interesting.
I'm currently reading Jack Vance's Dying Earth stories when I feel like fiction, and Brian Greene's The Elegant Universe when I feel like nonfiction.