Best HARD SCIENCE FICTION of the 21st Century

Vote for your favourite Hard Science Fiction novels first published since the year 2000.

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shelved at least 5 times as: hard science fiction, hard sf or hard sci fi.

Hard science fiction is "characterized by an emphasis on scientific or technical detail, or on scientific accuracy, or on both."

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3.88 avg rating — 17,353 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 17,847 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 186,887 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 14,792 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 2,704 ratings
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message 1: by Buck (new)

Buck Ender's Game is a terrific book written in the 20th century.


message 3: by Loreley (new)

Loreley removed Diaspora (which is a great book) because it was first published in 1997


message 4: by Rosemary (new)

Rosemary altered carbon was a reajjy amazing book couldnt put it down


message 5: by Jeroen (new)

Jeroen De Dauw I'm very dubious about a lot of these books qualifying as hard SF. I get the Expanse novels, Himlton and Reynolds are popular and like a lot of those myself. While they might adhere to out scientific understanding more than you're average SF, they definitely don't focus on the science itself, as say your typical Watts, Egan or Baxter novel.


message 6: by V.R. (new)

V.R. Craft Jeroen wrote: "I'm very dubious about a lot of these books qualifying as hard SF. I get the Expanse novels, Himlton and Reynolds are popular and like a lot of those myself. While they might adhere to out scientif..."
I was terribly disappointed in the first Expanse book. It started out so well, with this great setup and the wonderful world-building. They also had interesting characters, and this brewing war between Earth and the Belters...and then it ended up being about vomit zombies. The characters did manage to make it bearable, but the plot was just so disappointing to me. I understand why Syfy picked it up though, they love producing stuff with more slime than substance, and I'm guessing the story suffered even more when they turned it into television.


message 7: by Ddraig (new)

Ddraig Rosemary wrote: "altered carbon was a reajjy amazing book couldnt put it down"

Yep, it is fantastic


message 8: by Oni (new)

Oni V.R. wrote: "Jeroen wrote: "I'm very dubious about a lot of these books qualifying as hard SF. I get the Expanse novels, Himlton and Reynolds are popular and like a lot of those myself. While they might adhere ..."

I think the Expanse series is more like a space opera rather than a hard sci-fi.


message 9: by Oni (new)

Oni Can someone please remove Red Mars and Ringworld from the list? It is 20th century.


message 10: by Justin (new)

Justin Hofstetter V.R. wrote: "Jeroen wrote: "I'm very dubious about a lot of these books qualifying as hard SF. I get the Expanse novels, Himlton and Reynolds are popular and like a lot of those myself. While they might adhere ..."

It's not *about* the vomit zombies; that's just the first noticeable stage of protomolecule infection as described by the blue-collar crew of the Rocinante when they encounter the situation on Eros. That scene is early in the series and does not occur again, and the protomolecule evolves from there (but the "vomit zombies" were their handhold into human evolution, which is necessary for the rest of its actions in the following books).


message 11: by Loreley (new)

Loreley removed Old Man's War


message 12: by Alex (new)

Alex Arthur C Clarke's The City and the Stars was published in 1956, according to its Goodreads page. I think somebody missed the '21st Century' bit in the title...


message 13: by Ddraig (new)

Ddraig The Mote In God's Eye - (first published 1974)


message 14: by CR (new)

CR Dune needs to be removed. 20th century.


message 15: by Loreley (new)

Loreley Crystal wrote: "Dune needs to be removed. 20th century."

done


message 16: by V (new)

V Granucci The Flying Sorcerers was originally published in 1974


message 17: by Loreley (new)

Loreley V wrote: "The Flying Sorcerers was originally published in 1974"

deleted.

I'm also having some doubts about "hard sci-fi-ness" of some of these books...


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