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What to read next

OK, I have a question.

How do you find out about new authors that you might like? I have been doing a lot of reading of Hugo winners, reading the classics, etc, but I can't help thinking that I might be totally missing out on excellent authors. I just wonder if there's something I'm missing. I find Goodreads' recommendation system to be pretty bad despite my having poked in ratings of hundreds of books.

There's always the chance that it was right and the few recommendations that I followed were authors like Stross, who I find writes both some of the best and some of the worst (IMO) stuff I've read in the last decade.

I have a lot of books on my read pile (well, queue really, I haven't touched paper in years), but I'm constantly rearranging the order and slipping new authors in at the top. I don't get through a lot since my read time most days is limited to about 10 minutes before bed so it takes me at least a month to get through a book.
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Locus reviews, available online. I admit I haven't read very many new authors in the past 10 years. At Cap I was looking for new books but vampire and/or steampunk seems to be dominating the book sellers right now and I didn't find anything new.

The closest I've gotten to sf lately is Mira Grant's Newsflesh trilogy which has zombies but is actually more of a political thriller. Her science (on how the zombies were created - by a mutant virus) is plausible enough and the zombies are a plot device not just for the ick factor.
I found Mira Grant via Hugo awards I think. Actually if I just read the Hugo nominees I could do far worse, and that's enough to keep me busy even though I intentionally skip the darker stuff.
I have friends who report what they are reading. :-)

I have enough items in the To Read queue to keep for quite a while. This includes mostly completing series I started and liked with a few classics thrown in.

Project Gutenberg is a great source of the oldest books out there.

For the newest, I look at what Larry is selling. The pile of physical books is pretty significant as well.