I’ve been reading for 55 years starting with Heinlein’s Starman Jones.
Greatest single work? A Canticle For Leibowitz. And Dune. And Lucifer’s Hammer. And Roadside Picnic. And… Excession … War of the Worlds, Brave New World, The Hole in the Zero, City … A Plague of Pythons, Camp Concentration … To Your Scattered Bodies Go, The Mote in God’s Eye, Footfall … the vast treasure trove of golden age anthologies, all of Bradbury, Heinlein, Pohl, Anderson, Le Guin, Simak, Kornbluth, Clarke, Bear. Card. Oh yes!! Blood Music, Darwin’s Radio, Eon (the dying radio chatter during WWIII alone), Darwin’s Children. The Killing Thing. Baxter. Baxter and Pratchett. Robinson. Mieville. Foundation. Kate Wilhelm’s The Killing Thing was minimally perfect. And to this teenage sexist that a woman could write so! Took a week off work to read The Stand, unabridged. It was worth it.
Wyndham. Hodder-Williams, Aldiss, Budrys, Bester - Tiger, Tiger; ‘I kill you Vorga-T, I kill you deadly’, Edmund Cooper.
And I’m still grieving for Banks.