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.

Shards of Earth (The Final Architects, #1)
Heaven's River (Bobiverse, #4)
Wherever Seeds May Fall
Quantum Space (Quantum, #1)
The Saints of Salvation (Salvation Sequence #3)
Salvation Lost (Salvation Sequence #2)
Chaos Vector (The Protectorate, #2)
The Enceladus Mission: Hard Science Fiction (Ice Moon Book 1)
Quantum Void (Quantum, #2)
The Freeze-Frame Revolution
Odysseus Ascendant (Odyssey One #7)
The Human (Rise of the Jain #3)
Attack Surface
Shadow of Victory (Honorverse: Saganami Island, #4)
A Gift of Time
The Martian
The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #1)
Red Mars (Mars Trilogy, #1)
Revelation Space (Revelation Space, #1)
Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse, #1)
Blindsight (Firefall, #1)
The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #2)
Rendezvous with Rama (Rama, #1)
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Star Force
17 books — 2 voters
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55 books — 15 voters

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236 books — 236 voters
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Big Dumb Objects
66 books — 68 voters

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