Originally posted by stellspalfie
anybody got any ideas, last few i read were disappointing which were - consider phlebas and rendevouz with rama.
i fancy something epic, needs to be better than the Nights dawn trilogy with its dodgy, super space god type thing comes along and sorts everything out in the last five pages.
Depends on your style, it sounds like you don't like space opera.
Don't know if you like older stuff but 'The stars My Destination' by Alfred Bester is way up there on the classics list.
You might try Enders Game, Orson Scott Card.
You haven't given us much to go on as to what style you like.
Robert J Sawyer has the Neanderthal series, 1, Hominids, 2 Humans, 3 Hybrids is a great series about a kind of time storm that mixes up the time frame of 40,000 years ago with our time frame where an alternate universe has Neanderthals winning out over humans but the two universes mix together and scientifically advanced neanderthals meet humans.
If you like religious psychological SF, there is a great two volume one by Mary Doria Russell called 1, The Sparrow and 2 Children of God
about the first trips to Alpha Centauri and finding intelligent life there.
Back to Orson Scott Card, there is the Homecoming saga, The call of Earth and the rest of the series, great read in my opinion.
Here is a telepathy story, Beyond Control by Rebecca York.
Almost anything by Spider Robinson, Callahan's Pub stories I like!