Wow! You haven't read the big 3? Asimov, Clarke or Heinlien? There'a a heck of a lot out there even beyond them.
Have you read the Robots or Foundation saga? I'm only talking about the ones by Asimov. It's pretty expansive. Start with the Robot novels and short stories. I, Robot, Robot Dreams, Robot Visions, Caves of Steel, Naked Sun, etc. See if you like those.
Then try the Galactic Empire Novels: Pebble in the Sky, The Stars Like Dust, The Currents of Space. These are the predecessors of the Foundation novels and delve into some of the worlds that will be involved in Foundation stories.
Then try a book called The End of Eternity. It preceeds the Foundation. It's not officially part of it all but it is the alternate universe where humanity persued time travel rather than space travel. It sort of connects but I don't want to say how. Then read Foundation.
Other SF I have read:
Arthur C. Clarke:
2001, 2010 & 3001. Seen the first 2 films? Try 2010 even if you saw the film. Tons of stuff they never used. 2061 doesn't tie into 3001. Read 2061 if you want to see what the world of Europa might be like now that life florurishes on it.
The Fountains of Paradise - Clarke outlines the probable construction and function of a Space Elevator.
Rendezvous w/Rama, Rama II, I haven't read much past that tho there are 2 more in the series.
My Father read the Dune saga and highly recommends it, ( I have not but will someday). I always wondered why Herbert is not up there and it's not the big 4.
Other good books:
Mellenium by John Varley is suppossed to be the ultimate Time Travel novel. Each chapter is named for a popular story on Time Travel. There was a film made but it tossed out most of the book. There's lotsa great stuff here.
The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven. A great story about man's first contact with a race of aliens, ( similar to Wookies, but oddly they speak english). I have not read the sequel, The Gripping Hand. Also by Niven, and recommended: Ringworld, The Integral Trees.
A friend of mine recommends Ian Banks books. He said Use of Weapons is so good it has a race of aliens that make the Klingons look like wusses.
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