IFBC: speak to me of scifi/fantasy that does not make me stabbity.
(guidelines: i've already read almost everything Asimov, Bradbury, Clarke, Heinlein, Verne, and Card have written. I'm not such a fan of Phillip K Dick, Gibson, Tolkien, or any of the Herberts. There is not enough spiked kool-aid in the world to make me start on Robert Jordan. I love short story collections.)
Spinrad - The Void Captain's Tale or The Men in the Jungle (the latter if you don't mind cannibalism)
Bester - The Demolished Man (my favorite sci-fi)
Clarke - Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (an all time favorite book. Big, I wish it were bigger)