Given the common interests of this community, I'll confine myself to recommending three martial arts related science fiction adventure series.... As mentioned on another thread, Steve Perry's Matador Trilogy is about a group of highly skilled martial artists, generally loners, who are brought together when they are swept up a galaxy-wide rebellion against a corrupt, declining central authority. I like to think of the series as fulfilling the potential as a great martial arts saga hinted at in Lucas' second Star Wars film, Empire Strikes Back, something I don't think was ever fully (or at least effectively) realized. Perry's prose is pretty lean, verging on the schematic at times. However he somehow manages to squeeze a lot of characterization into his fast paced stories. Perry's characters are first and foremost martial artists, and the evolution of thier skills and personaltiies through thier practice (and it's application) is central to at least half of the books in the series. I found myself caring about the main characters and looking forward to "seeing" them in each installment. It's just light fantasy, but it's also tailor made for people who are fascinated with martials arts. The trilogy includes the titles: The Man Who Never Missed, Matadora, and The Machivelli Interface. The prequels and sequels include The Albino Knife, The 97th Step and The recently published Mushashi Flex. Steven Barnes wrote three novels Street Lethal, Gorgon Child and Firedance, about the life and adventures of Aubrey Knight, a streetfighter and hired assassin who evolves into a heroic community leader in a dystopian future America, that just happens to be dotted with colonies of advanced martial artists. Loony as it sounds, the books are pretty well written and have a surprising degree of depth to them. And like Perry in the the Matador series described above, Barnes writes great fight scenes - better than Perry's, thought the Knight books don't quite have the epic sweep of Perry's story of intergalactic rebellion. The second book in the series, Gorgon Child is probably the best of the three, so far. David Wingrove's Chung Kuo books are the densest of the three series, and to be honest, however much I liked this epic tale of a future Earth that's been taken over by a literal dynasty of Chinese rulers, I never finished the series due to the increasing length of time between installments (we're talking years here). I have no idea if Wingrove ever finished the story, but if you have any interest in what a world dominated by Chinese culture, their Northern European Mercanary Armies, and competing power blocs comprised of the decendents of major American and European corporations, lethal Chinese Triad/Tong organizations, and a nascent resistance movement, I can strongly recommend giving this series a try. One of the great things about the series is that it's def. not simplistic. A complex web of political, social and economic ties connects the large cast. No character (well, maybe the triad leaders) are utterly evil, or unspeakably noble or saintly. And though there are wars and hand-to-hand duels a plenty, you really get a sense of a global society inexorably evolving, despite it's leaderships' at times desperate attempts to maintain social stasis. It's fascinating stuff. Titles include: Chung Kuo: the Middle Kingdom, The Stone Within, Days of Bitter Strength, The White Mountain, The Broken Wheel. White Moon-Red Dragon and Beneath the Tree of Heaven.