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)
Odysseus Ascendant (Odyssey One #7)
Quantum Incident (Quantum, #0.5)
Attack Surface
A Gift of Time
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)
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)
Siouca Remembers by James MurdoSowing the Dragon's Teeth by Jonathan E. HernandezOne Day as a Lion by Jonathan E. HernandezProject Hail Mary by Andy WeirFirst Light by Casey E. Berger
2020/21 Space Opera
55 books — 17 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

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
Terraformer by Scott McElhaneyRed Mars by Kim Stanley RobinsonGreen Mars by Kim Stanley RobinsonDominion by Scott McElhaneyBlue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
Synthetic Ecologies
15 books — 23 voters

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