I'm tired of suspending my disbelief regarding FTL travel. Suggest some good books, series, and authors.
To me, the most interesting thing about interstellar colonization is that each colonized star system would truly be an island--with an ocean of time separating them from Earth and each other. Faster than light travel is not going to happen, and I'm bored with wishful FTL thinking.
I recently enjoyed Ian Banks the Algebraist because of his fascinating aliens and the truly byzantine diversity of his human societies--a diversity largely resulting from the great distance between star systems. This was very close to what I am looking for, but then there were wormholes. Meh.
I'm familiar with the so-called Mundane SciFi
non-movement, but I am not as pessimistic as those guys. I've got no problem with interstellar travel as long as it is slower than light and expensive. No problem with intelligent aliens as long as they are realistic.
I'm wishing for that perfect scifi author who sees the diverse societies of man like Ursula Le Guinn, meeting the plausible aliens of Ian Banks, built on the hard science of Ben Bova. Or maybe remind me of any fitting stories I might have missed by those authors.