Best Hard Science Fiction Books | frikilife.comAfter much mulling and culling, we've come up with our list of the twenty best books of the decade. The list is weighted towards science fiction, but does have healthy doses of fantasy and horror. And a few surprises. This list is alphabetical, and not in order of awesomeness. All are equally great and worthy of your attention.
The Best Sci Fi Books
Are you the type of person that likes your science fiction heavy on the science? Get annoyed by the hand-waving attempts to allow for faster-than-light travel or inter-species breeding? We've got a run-down of the top twenty five hard science fiction books that are exactly what you're looking for. For those who don't recognize the term, hard sci fi is a subgenre of science fiction that puts the focus on the science - lots of technical detail, realistic explanations and maybe if you're lucky, one or two equations! Now that's not to say it doesn't invent anything new, and it certainly doesn't mean you have to reject anything that might conceivably throw a spanner in the works speed of light constant, I'm looking at you but whatever it does, it has to be theoretically possible and make sense given known constraints.
Best Sci Fi Novels of the 2000's
When done right, the result is a story that keeps the reader as engaged intellectually as they are emotionally. These hard science fiction novels are some of our favorites. They're spectacular places to start if you're searching for a sci-fi story that satisfies your brain and your yearnings for intergalactic adventure. In the series, The Way is a tunnel through space-time entered via a hollowed-out asteroid called the Thistledown. In Legacy , set years before Eon , a group of human colonists use The Way to set foot on a forbidden planet called Lamarkia. There they find life forms never known before, including a single genetic entity that can take many forms, and even span a continent. There are only a few of these "ecos" on Lamarkia, and the effect of human interaction on them is unknown.
Hard science fiction is characterized by an emphasis on scientific accuracy or technical detail, or on both. Not since Isaac Asimov has anyone combined SF and mystery so well. A very rich man dies unexpectedly, and when his backup copy is animated, he hires Takeshi Kovacs to find out why. Morgan creates a gritty, noir tale that will please Raymond Chandler fans, an impressive accomplishment in any genre. Clarke awards.
As we announced earlier , Technology Review will publish TR:SF , a collection of original science fiction stories, in the fall. The stories will all be near-future, hard science fiction, inspired by the kinds of emerging technologies we see in our coverage at Technology Review. Do you think we got any wrong? What are your favorites? Tells us in the comments below. Stephen Cass.