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)
Wherever Seeds May Fall
Quantum Void (Quantum, #2)
Quantum Space (Quantum, #1)
Permafrost
Odysseus Ascendant (Odyssey One #7)
Quantum Incident (Quantum, #0.5)
Attack Surface
A Gift of Time
3zekiel
The Freeze-Frame Revolution
Chaos Vector (The Protectorate, #2)
The Warship (Rise of the Jain #2)
War Factory (Transformation #2)
World Engines: Destroyer
The Martian
The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #1)
Seveneves
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)
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

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
The Martian by Andy WeirRevelation Space by Alastair ReynoldsDune by Frank HerbertFoundation by Isaac AsimovRendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
best hard science fiction
373 books — 670 voters

Wool Omnibus by Hugh HoweyDust by Hugh HoweyShift by Hugh HoweyThe Runner by W.J. DaviesThe Watcher by W.J. Davies
Hugh Howey Silo/Wool Series
36 books — 1 voter
Dune by Frank Herbert1984 by George OrwellThe Martian by Andy WeirFoundation by Isaac AsimovThe Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
Best Intelligent Sci-Fi
240 books — 239 voters


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