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)
Wherever Seeds May Fall
Quantum Void (Quantum, #2)
The Freeze-Frame Revolution
Chaos Vector (The Protectorate, #2)
Odysseus Ascendant (Odyssey One #7)
3zekiel
Permafrost
The House of Styx (Venus Ascendant, #1)
The Soldier (Rise of the Jain #1)
Quantum Incident (Quantum, #0.5)
Silent Sun: Hard Science Fiction
Attack Surface
The Quantum Garden (The Quantum Evolution #2)
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)
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
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 — 669 voters

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Star Force
17 books — 2 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


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