I've always been a very picky with what I read. I love reading but I have read so little it's ridiculous and at times embarrassing when I say "I love reading" and people list tons of books that assume I've read. My main interest has always been scifi and I prefer outer space adventures but I can enjoy some earth-base scifi books. I love the use of cloning, cyborgs, super power characters with special abilities, duels/sword fighting/combat, space/epic battles. I can't seem to get into fantasy, no matter how hard I try. I've attempted to read C.S. Lewis's space trilogy several times but I can't get past chapter 8 before getting seriously bored. I thought Ender's game would be an excellent novel for me but the main character(and others around him) are too young for me to make it believable. A ton of 5-10 years old battling, running around and attempting to save the galaxy is weak to me. I like to see character backgrounds and mysteries of their past. These characters have like no past. I've even tried to read EU novels from favorite films or fandoms but they are so badly written. I've wasted alot of money on novels, but I love to read yet I can't find anything. I need some recommendations and here are some specifics I know will keep my interest. I've noticed alot of older fiction, like 1930's to the 90's I can't get into. The books seem so limited when they shouldn't be and in a sense I understand cause there wasn't a lot about scifi known as there has been in the last 2 decades. -So anything from the mid-90's to the present(2011) should be ok for me. -I like the use of clones, resurrections(nothing graphic), cyborgs, super powered/special ability characters, telepathic connections, bonds between characters...etc -For a series, focusing on the original characters from the first novel -A series set, trilogy or more. -Limited on the romance. (I hate when the romance/character relation dominates the story/adventure.) I do also have an interest in ancient cultures, so if there is some scifi like or mythology book or book series that takes place in the ancient culture or futuristic with ancient culture style, then that's good too. I appreciate the help anyone gives me with finding something to read ETA: Also wanted to add anything with alternate dimensions/universe/realities.