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 Singularity Trap
Strange Dogs (The Expanse, #6.5)
The Fated Sky (Lady Astronaut, #2)
The Freeze-Frame Revolution
Revenant Gun (The Machineries of Empire, #3)
Elysium Fire (Prefect Dreyfus Emergency #2)
Saturn Run
Firefall (Firefall #1-2)
Echopraxia (Firefall, #2)
Ultima
The Medusa Chronicles
Poseidon's Wake (Poseidon's Children, #3)
Rescue (Ell Donsaii, #11)
Not Alone
The Massacre of Mankind

Popular Hard Science Fiction Books

The Martian
Red Mars (Mars Trilogy, #1)
Seveneves
Revelation Space (Revelation Space, #1)
The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #1)
Rendezvous with Rama (Rama, #1)
Blindsight (Firefall, #1)
Ringworld by Larry NivenRendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke2001 by Arthur C. ClarkePushing Ice by Alastair ReynoldsRevelation Space by Alastair Reynolds
Big Dumb Objects
57 books — 49 voters
Steelheart by Brandon SandersonSuper Powereds by Drew  HayesFirefight by Brandon SandersonSuper Powereds by Drew  HayesSuper Powereds by Drew  Hayes
Super Powered Characters Worth Reading
144 books — 150 voters

Dune by Frank HerbertChildhood's End by Arthur C. ClarkeFoundation by Isaac AsimovRendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. ClarkeRingworld by Larry Niven
Mind-bending Science Fiction
96 books — 43 voters
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
73 books — 28 voters


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