Have you tried the Uplift Series by David Brin? I read the books years ago but I remember liking them at the time. They're a set of two trilogies set in a sci-fi universe in which no sentient space-faring race has ever evolved from scratch, they've always been uplifted by an older race. Then onto the scene comes the human race kicking up a fuss with no uplifter parent to vouch for them. The first book is Sundiver, why not check it out?
I may just do that. Sounds pretty interesting, cheers for that!
Read any Alistair Reynolds? He's at least as good as Hamilton if not better IMO.
I think I may have, but I'm not entirely sure. I'll add him to my list.
Read the first three foundation books.
I've just started on 'prelude to foundation' after reading back over this thread. At least I think it's the first book. It's awfully confusing as he's released so many different ones over a large period of time!