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Rachel,Honestly, it would depend on how science fiction oriented you wanted to go, but here are some very good works.The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Stranger in a Strange Landboth by Robert HeinlienThe Telling, The Left Hand of Darknessboth by Ursula K. LeGuinSoldier, Ask Not, Dorsaiboth by Gordon R. DicksonFoundation, The Caves of Steel, Nemesisall by Isaac AsimovThe Cool Warby Fred PohlRendevous with Ramaby Arthur C. ClarkeHope you find one from this list that you enjoy.Happy reading,Ben F.
Hey Rachel,Jo Walton, a fantastic writer in her own right, recently posted a blog entry at Tor.com about good sci-fi books for non sci-fi readers. I can't seem to paste a link in here but if you go to www.tor.com and search for Gateway Drugs it is the first post that comes up. But if that is Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town in your Goodreads sidebar thingie there, I believe that Cory Doctorow is considered science fiction as well. The writers I most often recommend for non sci-fi readers are Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis, and John Scalzi. They are much more space opera-ey than Ben's suggestions though.
Sorry, I messed up the first comment somehow.I really liked Frank Herbert's Dune. I would think it would be considered classic sci-fi.
Thanks to everyone for the recommendations! My library queue is very long now :)