Yesterday I went to the local (35 miles away) Barnes and Noble. I had some birthday money in my wallet so that meant I was filling in some holes in my collection. The following books won out.
Old Man's War by John Scalzi
The Last Colony by John Scalzi
Space Vulture by Gary Wolfe and Archbishop John J. Myers
The Moon Pool by A. Merritt
Last Train to Rigel by Timothy Zahn
Vacuum Diagrams by Stephen Baxter
Scalzi is on my list of authors I want to read in 2009. I previously picked up The Ghost Brigade. This is a series I am really looking forward to reading.
From the reviews I have read, Space Vulture sounds like a good old fashioned Planet Stories type tale. It should be fun.
The Moon Pool is by a classic author. I like reading some of the older stories to see where the genre got it's start.
Last Train to Rigel seems to combine 2 of my favorite genres. The first is the classic film noir stories embodied by Bogie in the black and white films. The second is, of course, science fiction. If this one is good, I will look for the follow up novel(The Third Lynx).
Stephen Baxter is another author I have never read. It sounds like this collection is a good overview of his main series.