Larry Niven (but I like his earlier work better than more recent items), especially his Known Space stories
S.M.Stirling: The Dies the Fire series (but mainly the first three) and Island in the Sea of Time series
Uplift War by David Brin
TnGuy wrote:You could look into Stone Harbor or Avalon - if you want a bit less of the 'boardwalky' atmosphere.
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