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.

The Enceladus Mission: Hard Science Fiction (Ice Moon Book 1)
Quantum Space (Quantum, #1)
Quantum Void (Quantum, #2)
Atmosphæra Incognita
Wherever Seeds May Fall
Odysseus Ascendant (Odyssey One #7)
The Human (Rise of the Jain #3)
Chaos Vector (The Protectorate, #2)
The House of Styx (Venus Ascendant, #1)
The Freeze-Frame Revolution
De Oppresso Liber (Hayden War Cycle, #6)
The Soldier (Rise of the Jain #1)
Silent Sun: Hard Science Fiction
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)
Blindsight by Peter WattsLeviathan Wakes by James S.A. CoreyThe Colonel by Peter WattsEchopraxia by Peter WattsRevelation Space by Alastair Reynolds
Hard Science Fiction Space Horror
8 books — 1 voter
Dune by Frank HerbertChildhood's End by Arthur C. ClarkeFoundation by Isaac AsimovRendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. ClarkeThe Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
Mind-bending Science Fiction
208 books — 140 voters

The Martian by Andy WeirThe Forever War by Joe HaldemanLeviathan Wakes by James S.A. CoreyAltered Carbon by Richard K. MorganRed Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
Hard SF reading group
75 books — 38 voters
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas AdamsThe Mote in God's Eye by Larry NivenDune by Frank HerbertThe Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le GuinThe 5th Gender by G.L. Carriger
Intriguing Aliens
245 books — 138 voters

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Everyone asks me how I got started into writing. I wish I had some cool story to tell, but the truth is pretty lame. My wife and I were having a drink on our back porch and I mentioned a concept I'd been mulling over. She suggested that I write it down, and so I figured I'd make a few notes and get it out of my system. No matter how I tried though, it just wouldn't let me write it in any other way than a story. Believe me when I say I tried, but 63,000 words later I realized that I needed a char ...more
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It could sometimes be alive and dead at the same time in its bounded but expanding domain. It experienced both conditions and simply didn’t like dead. Death was a complex issue for it.
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