Not exactly an original first post, but as a life long avid SF fan, I'm always on the lookout for recommendations.
According to Google Play, my reading (and re-reading) this year has been ...
Iain M Banks, Alastair Reynolds, John Scalzi, Dan Simmons, Neal Stephenson, Charles Stross, China Miéville, Vernor Vinge, Peter Watts, Neal Asher, Richard K Morgan, Corey Doctorow, C.J. Cherryh, Karl Schroeder, Ann Leckie, Hannu Rajaniemi, Yoon Ha Lee, Greg Bear and James S.A. Corey.
So I guess that sums up my current taste, which would seem to tilt towards space opera and "hard" SF.