Re: OT: Really good, long-form epic science-fiction
I really enjoy Robert J. Sawyer's work, especially his novels Calculating God
(Full disclosure: I am an acquaintance of Rob's, having met him through an internship I held a few years ago, and I had the opportunity to share my thoughts on his Triggers
manuscript before publication. So I do have a bit of a bias there.
"Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic Socialism, as I understand it." - George Orwell, 1946