I have been browsing the forums for a few month's and kept forgetting to sign up and say Hi.
I love Sci-Fi, currently reading the Endymion Omnibus. Have loved the Hyperion Cantos so far. I am huge fan of Alastair Reynolds, Richard Morgan, China Mieville (not really sci-fi) more recently Dan Simmons, really enjoyed the Saga of Seven suns so far by I forget who. Also really enjoyed the Halo novels.
One of the reasons for joying is a bit selfish, as I have been after sci-fi about specific subjects, such as first contact, apocalyptic settings on modern Earth. Just interested to read some good Alien invasion stories I suppose as I have never stumbled upon any yet.
Also I was wondering where a good place to get started in the Culture universe might be? I have Consider Phlebas, The Use of Weapons and Player of Games so far, got them for 20 pence each at a boot sale.