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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 Freeze-Frame Revolution
Homeworld (Odyssey One, #3)
Strange Dogs (The Expanse, #6.5)
Elysium Fire (Prefect Dreyfus Emergency, #2)
Crux (Nexus, #2)
Deep Time (Star Carrier #6)
War Dogs (War Dogs, #1)
The Massacre of Mankind
Poseidon's Wake (Poseidon's Children, #3)
Echopraxia (Firefall, #2)
The Colonel (Firefall, #1.5)
Shipstar (Bowl of Heaven, #2)
Artemis Awakening (Artemis Awakening, #1)
Beginnings (Worlds of Honor, #6)
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Popular Hard Science Fiction Books

The Martian
Red Mars (Mars Trilogy, #1)
Revelation Space (Revelation Space, #1)
Rendezvous with Rama (Rama, #1)
Seveneves
The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #1)
Ringworld
Blindsight (Firefall, #1)

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It could sometimes be alive and dead at the same time in its bounded but expanding domain. It experienced both conditions and simply didn’t like dead. Death was a complex issue for it.
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