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)
The Andromeda Strain by Michael CrichtonJurassic Park by Michael CrichtonDigital Fortress by Dan BrownSphere by Michael Crichton2001 by Arthur C. Clarke
Awesome Technothrillers & Scifi
45 books — 22 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

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

Old Man's War by John ScalziEnder's Game by Orson Scott CardDauntless by Jack CampbellA Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor VingePoor Man's Fight by Elliott Kay
Damn Sight, Good Space Opera
92 books — 73 voters

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