There is Stanislaw Lem, of course; he is on my wish list, though I worry about getting the best translation into English. I did see both versions of Solaris, though, and to the extent that the scripts are faithful to Lem's work, his alternate worlds seem to be stand-ins for condemning ideology and questioning the usefulness of communication. This is the type of science fiction for which I keep reading, and not Star Wars. I do not really like techno-junk, and to me Verne and Wells are representative of that--though Wells, on occasion, makes relative social commentary.
I am a next generation kind of reader. You need Roddenberry, but I prefer when Berman pushes things, and Stewart gives Picard far more depth and a true moral center that Shatner could not bring to Kirk, who is your basic cowboy with a laser stand in for a six shooter.
I still watch the original series though, as the camp is a grade or two better than the Outer Limits.