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message 1: by Ashley Marie (new)

Ashley Marie | 1 comments I was looking for a hard SF list on goodreads so I could get recommendations for books, but I was surprised to find that there isn't one.

I'm not an expert on this topic and that's why I wanted the recommendations. Can someone make one please?

message 2: by David (new)

David (davidbrandt) | 105 comments Perhaps, some pages at my site would be helpful.
Books recommended for hard SF readers:
The Yahoo Hard SF group's books of the month:
Links for hard SF suggestions:
Suggestions from hard SF readers:

message 3: by Al "Tank" (new)

Al "Tank" (alkalar) | 47 comments Someone is running a poll on your favorite SF book right here on Goodreads. The entries might interest you.


message 4: by Richard (new)

Richard (mrredwood) | 123 comments I'll point out that this group's bookshelf has plenty of hard SF titles.

message 5: by Richard (new)

Richard (mrredwood) | 123 comments Al wrote: "Someone is running a poll on your favorite SF book right here on Goodreads. The entries might interest you..."

Ah, but that is *all* SF, not just Hard SF. So you're going to get some space operas, sf-fantasy, etc., mixed in there.

message 6: by Giulia (new)

Giulia Napoli | 5 comments I've just finished Soul Searching by Keith Caserta. It's one of the best books I've ever read. I'm hoping for more like it, while waiting for the Soul Searching sequel. This book had great human characters, a brilliantly-conceived awakening computer, the Singularity, romance, a look at using technology to investigate the spiritual realm, and a plot that surprised me over and over again. It made me think about things in ways I never had. So if you have suggestions for anything like it PLEASE LET ME KNOW!

message 7: by Michielm (new)

Michielm | 4 comments michael mccollum is must read 4 hard sf
antares trilogy and gibraltar trilogy
very deep on subjects as velocity, acceleration, the math behind it, language barriers, first contact an everything aroud that, strategies for military, and so on....

former NASA aerospace engineer

message 8: by Jeb (new)

Jeb Kinnison | 3 comments Plugging my own new hard SF-thriller, free for Kindle until Tuesday:


"Red Queen is a story about the yearning for freedom and agency in a world dominated by bureaucrats and propagandists, and it would not have been published by a major house. The world of Red Queen is just a decade or two away, and looks very much like the world we live in, just a few steps worse. In the tradition of Heinlein's If This Goes On--, I have extrapolated from current trends and imagined the politics that result. The authoritarian tendencies we see in modern western states will probably be reversed at some point--but what if they just keep getting worse? This is especially true of the US, with its 9/11-justified surveillance and interception of every citizen's email and message metadata, and a penal-industrial complex that imprisons about one in three black men at some point in their lives, often for victimless crimes like drug possession. A more serious terrorist incident might lead to even more restrictions on freedom and privacy. And that's where Red Queen begins."

message 9: by Steven (new)

Steven Moore No chest-thumping here (I'm a writer). I've been thinking about "forgotten" hard sci-fi classics. Here's my tentative list:
Asimov's Caves of Steel and The Naked Sun--the first SF mysteries?
Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress--the precursor to HAL?
Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?--the basis for Blade Runner, the best SF movie
Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451--the librarian's Orwell?
Benford's Galaxy Center novels--Skynet w/o Schwarzenegger?
Pohl's Heechee trilogy--has Hawking read these books?
Hoyle's The Black Cloud--Spielberg couldn't make this ET lovable
Hogan's Giants trilogy--the great circle of life?
Hogan's The Proteus Operation--time travel done right, not like in The Time Traveler's Wife
Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama--forget the sequels and savor the first book
The science and technology in these books varies in quality, but they probably should be read by anyone aspiring to write hard sci-fi, where the science and technology just makes great stories even better.

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