John Scalizi is an increasingly popular SF author. He's frequently, and justifiably, compared to Heinlein; his writing has a tone and sensibility that resembles the best of Heinlein (The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, for instance) and not creepy pervo Heinlein or oh-God-he's-talking-politics-again Heinlein. I thoroughly enjoyed the Old Man's War series and just finished the very entertaining The Android's Dream.
Scalzi runs a fairly active and diverting blog, The Whatever. One thing I like about it is his discussion of, and support for, other SF authors, particularly ones I haven't heard of. It's a great way to be introduced to new books that I like. In December, he ran a feature called "A Month of Writers," featuring a new SF author every day. Scalzi comments on their latest book and offers links and a sample of their writing. The twist is that he doesn't offer excerpts of the books; instead he offers other entertaining writing, like blog entries. It's a great way to get a feel for the authors. I've added quite a few of them to my wish list.
Here is the index of the authors featured. Enjoy.
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