Arthur C. Clark (Kubrick) --2001: A Space Odyssey (series)....hello dave , Rendezvous with Rama series
Octavia Butler ---Wild seed, Lilith's Brood (previously Xenogenesis)
Asimov --Foundation series
Pamela Sargent --The Shore of Women
Greg Bear --Eon, Anvil of Stars, city at the end of time
Neuromancer by William Gibson is in my queue. I heard this one is a classic, which started the cyberpunk genre.