Currently I'm reading the Faded Sun Trilogy by C.J. Cherryh. This is the kind of sci fi I like, soft and character oriented. No long winded descriptions of technology and scientific processes here. It's essentially a series about the genocide of an alien species and the two last survivors of that species going on a journey through all the world's their species have been, tracing back all the way to their original home world in a journey to find the last remnants of their species. There is also a human companion with them whose trust they gain and for all intents and purposes becomes one of them (though I still have yet to see what becomes of this). One thing C.J. Cherryh does really well is create tension. When aliens of different species are conversing I can just feel the tension pouring off the page. She also gets the dialect of the alien species down very well as well. This series is slow and plodding and introspective. It's not exactly what I would call an exciting series but it is well written and it's insightful. I'm nearly done with the second book. They shouldn't even call this a trilogy. It seems to me like it's all just one long story. I mean if I didn't know it was split into three books I wouldn't have been able to tell the first chapter of the second book wasn't apart of the same book as the last chapter to the first.