Top Ten Tuesday is brought to your screen courtesy of The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is 10 Books every [x] should read. For once, I’m not going to do horror!
Hard science fiction is a category of science fiction characterized by an emphasis on scientific accuracy or technical detail or both.
This list isn’t going to just include books I’ve read, as I honestly haven’t read nearly as much hard Sci-Fi as I’d like. It’s also going to be at least half a TBR for me, as I constantly see some of these books being recommended to people who like hard Sci-Fi. However, I’m not going to tell you which is which! (Though if you don’t know at least one of them, then you obviously don’t know me well!)
Top 10 Hard Sci-Fi Books Every Science Fiction Fan Should Read
- Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
- The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
- The Martian by Andy Weir
- Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
- Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson
- Revelation Space by Alistair Reynolds
- Contact by Carl Sagan
- Spin by Robert Charles Wilson
- Manifold: Time by Stephen Baxter
- Moonfall by Jack McDevitt
There are many lists of hard sci-fi books out there, and the same names tend to pop up again and again for a reason, I think. Even if the technology they display in their books is currently outdated, the books themselves can still be great reads. Now, there’s a few on this list that I’ve eyed and determined I’ll get to eventually, but what I’ve read of them kind of intimidates me, to be honest! There’s also a few on this list that I just honestly did not think were that great, but other people love. However, in terms of recognizable hard sci-fi, these seem to be the most ‘entertaining’ for what it’s worth. Books like Tau Zero could have appeared, but…nope. Nope. No way. Not happening. Math makes my head hurt and it is supposedly filled with mathematical equations!
Leave your lists, and your guesses on which ones I *haven’t* read below!