I’m still on my Orson Scott Card kick, having read Ender’s Game, followed by Speaker for the Dead. Now I’m reading Xenocide, which is also really excellent.
Much mixing of moral dilemmas, exciting storyline, and the amazing ability to have you on the edge of your seat for more than half the book. Now that’s tricky.
Best of all, to me, are phrases like: “…a place that doesn’t even have any placeness to it.” How can you not love that? There is also discussion of “whereness”. Of course, this is from someone who, if possible, would take up quantum mechanics as a hobby – because it is both crazy-weird and true.