The old sci-fi art in general is still the best to me--it looks the most fantastical! Too much photorealism makes images seem...real and not fantastical. They lose the sci-fi feel to me then and just seem like almost exact copies of the known real world. I love digital art too and I love doing it, but digital can make images look too accurate.... --Pia (Ringworld - Larry Niven)
Larry Niven. I can't point to a single Niven story I've read that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed. One to start with if you are interested is The Legacy of Heorot. It's a new world colonization story with a very realistic premise, great action, believable science and fast paced action. You will not be disappointed!