Re: Recommendations wanted - space opera/ big idea sci-fi
Well you might like:
Altered Carbon, by Richard Morgan.
On Basilisk Station, by David Weber.
Ringworld, Larry Niven.
Expanded Universe, Heinlein short stories.
Rendezvous with Rama, Clarke.
Red Mars, Kim Stanley Robinson.
Quarantine, Greg Egan.
And there was a recent old-school space opera trade paperback that came out recently, that I can't seem to remember the title or author at the moment... dammit.