Science Fiction Books I’ve Read and Recommend

I started reading science fiction a few decades ago and still do quite a bit. I happened upon Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Series and I was hooked. I particularly like hard sci-fi, but enjoy all kinds.

I’ve had the pleasure of discovering and enjoying fantastic books over the years, taking me to times and universes of seemingly limitless imaginations.  (And I’ve come across a few duds as well.) There are so many wonderful stories out there, and I envy anyone who has happened upon the following list looking for recommendations, having not read any of it…yet.

Here is Jason OConnor’s recommended list of top sci-fi authors and books:

Isaac Asimov – The Foundation Series
Iain M. Banks – The Culture Series
Dan Simmons – The Hyperion Trilogy
Peter F. Hamilton – The Void Series, Great North Road, Fallen Dragon
Vernor Vinge – A Deepness in the Sky, A Fire Upon the Deep
Orson Scott Card – Ender’s War
David Brin – The Postman
Ursula LeGuin – The Lathe of Heaven
Joe Haldeman – The Forever War, Forever Peace
Linda Nagata – The Red Trilogy
Cixin Liu – The Three-Body Problem series
Jay Allen – Crimson Worlds Series
Neal Asher – Polity books
Alastair Reynolds – Revelation Space series
John C. Wright – The Golden Age trilogy

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I began my career as a webmaster before Twitter, Google, Facebook, iPads and smartphones existed. I was the webmaster of a manufacturing company in western Massachusetts (near Amherst) and learned a lot about the web while there.

I then worked at a web design firm in Connecticut where my learning continued. Through the years I have worked for and helped companies as diverse as Intel, Data Translation and M.I.T.

Eventually, I started my own web design and marketing firm called Oak Web Works, LLC. I operated it first in Waltham, MA, a town right outside of Boston and then moved to the western Massachusetts area which is where I am originally from.

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First Gig in A Long Time

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I was in a band called Artomatic which is an improvisational trio. I play bass and there is a keyboard player and a drummer.

We’ve been practicing weekly for a year and a couple weeks ago we had our first gig. And it was the first gig I have played in a long time. The show was at a place called Workshop13, which is an old church converted into a cultural center.

It’s a very cool place and the alter was our stage. Behind us was a large white wall which we used as a screen that we projected psychedelic images onto. We also had lots of stage lights, lasers and smoke machines, so the vibe was excellent. Tables and chairs were put where the pews used to be and we had a decent audience who seemed to enjoy the show.

Update 8/22/14: We’re playing another gig tonight at the same venue, but tonight we’re going to be the house band for an open mic night.

The picture above from left to right: Me (Jason), Neal and Brian

Jason OConnor Bass Player

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Among other things, I am an electric bass player. I have been playing since I was 8 years old and settled into jazz, funk and rock as my preferred styles to play. I play  a four-string, six-string and fretless, have taken lessons from Berklee College of Music bass teachers and session bass players in L.A., and I have given lessons to students for a long time as well. I’ve played with jazz, rock and fusion bands in L.A., NYC and Boston over the years and currently I’m playing with a fusion improvisational band in Western Massachusetts. You can hear samples of my playing here and here and here.