Hard Science Fiction

Hard science fiction is a category of science fiction characterized by an emphasis on scientific or technical detail, or on scientific accuracy, or on both. It is characterized by rigorous attention to accurate detail in the natural sciences, especially physics, astrophysics, and chemistry, or on accurately depicting worlds that more advanced technology may make possible. Hard science fiction is driven more by ideas than characterization. Plausible science and technology are central to the plot.

Quantum Void (Quantum, #2)
Odysseus Ascendant (Odyssey One #7)
Critical Mass (Delta-v, #2)
Valuable Humans in Transit and Other Stories
Wherever Seeds May Fall
The Expert System’s Champion (Expert System, #2)
Attack Surface (Little Brother, 3)
Valkyrie (Expeditionary Force, #9)
Moon Rising (Luna, #3)
Armageddon (Expeditionary Force, #8)
Homefront (Expeditionary Force, #7.5)
The  Quantum War (The Quantum Evolution, #3)
The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #1)
The Martian
Red Mars (Mars Trilogy, #1)
Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse, #1)
Blindsight (Firefall, #1)
The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #2)
Revelation Space (Revelation Space, #1)
Project Hail Mary
Death's End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #3)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas AdamsThe Mote in God's Eye by Larry NivenA Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor VingeThe Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le GuinDune by Frank Herbert
Intriguing Aliens
250 books — 147 voters
The Martian by Andy WeirRendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. ClarkeFoundation by Isaac AsimovThe Three-Body Problem by Liu CixinDune by Frank Herbert
Ultimate Hard Science Fiction
107 books — 155 voters

Project Hail Mary by Andy WeirSiouca Remembers by James MurdoMemory's Legion by James S.A. CoreyThe Saints of Salvation by Peter F. HamiltonSowing the Dragon's Teeth by Jonathan E. Hernandez
Space Opera Magnificentus!
58 books — 28 voters
Ringworld by Larry NivenRendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke2001 by Arthur C. ClarkePushing Ice by Alastair ReynoldsRevelation Space by Alastair Reynolds
Big Dumb Objects
67 books — 75 voters

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Sarah Mazza
How long does it take for two armies to destroy each other when one has an abundance of bodies and the other an abundance of bullets?
Sarah Mazza, I Dream in Color

Arthur C. Clarke
Here was the same sense of awe and mystery, and the sadness of the irrevocably vanished past. Yet the scale here was so much greater, both in time and in space, that the mind was unable to do it justice; after a while, it ceased to respond. Norton wondered if, sooner of later, he would take even Rama for granted.
Arthur C Clarke

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