I'll be on a flight east most of the day today, but you can still "talk" to me. I was invited to participate in SF Signal's Mind Meld recently. The question is what SF and Fantasy to suggest to a reader who hasn't read anything in the genre in 35 years, but still thinks they like SF and fantasy. In other words, they've read Heinlein, Asimov, Clarke, and Tolkien.
My thoughts are in there, along with some most excellent other folks and some great suggestions.