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  • dgb 17 Nov 2012 19:39:58 657 posts
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    The Rama books definitely fit the bill here.
  • Bedders Content Editor, Gamer Network 17 Nov 2012 19:51:35 138 posts
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    @Graveland Relieved I'm not alone in thinking this. I got so cross while reading Dune - whenever characters found themselves in a genuinely tense and inescapable situation, some previously unmentioned bit of lore or character ability would save the day. "Perhaps if we sing the ritual of Ur'un' duuuuuur' we'll ascend into the sky and be OK."

    No gun, no mantlepiece, just a great saga full of cheap plot.

    Edited by Bedders at 19:52:10 17-11-2012

    Edited by Bedders at 19:52:27 17-11-2012
  • Steve_Perry 17 Nov 2012 20:13:00 5,004 posts
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    Enemy mine.

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  • Maturin 17 Nov 2012 20:16:17 3,155 posts
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    I loved the Dune series. Never had an issue with Herbert's prose.
  • spamdangled 17 Nov 2012 20:18:01 27,426 posts
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    EatMyCow wrote:
    What does hard sci-fi mean? I'm not being pedantic I'm just wondering? I don't read a lot of sci-fi
    Basically, Hard Sci-Fi is science fiction with a greater emphasis on "hard" sciences such as physics, chemistry), as opposed to "soft" science fiction which tends to be focused more on examining the softer sciences such as psychology, philosophy, sociology, etc.

    Soft science fiction = Star Trek
    Hard Science Fiction = Asimov

    (as a general guide)

    Edited by darkmorgado at 20:19:29 17-11-2012

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  • TechnoHippy 17 Nov 2012 20:34:57 14,719 posts
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    Neal Asher's Polity series is pretty good.

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  • Ged42 17 Nov 2012 21:05:17 7,776 posts
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    Kevin J Anderson's Saga of the Seven Suns is good though might be a bit pulpy to be hard sci-fi.

    Failing that just grab a short story collection by Clarke, Asimov or P K Dick and be done with it.
  • Lukree 17 Nov 2012 21:15:06 183 posts
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    Alastair Reynols is my favorite, Dan Simmons comes the next.
  • Khanivor 17 Nov 2012 21:47:23 41,121 posts
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    Greg Bear's Eon. See if you can get through this book; densest sci-fi I've ever read. He has plenty of other much more readable stuff. You might need a slide-rule though.

    Greg Egan's stuff was really good. His collection of short stories is immense.

    Alistair Reyonold's shit is good too.
  • skuzzbag 17 Nov 2012 21:57:43 5,681 posts
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    Unorthodox Engineers by Colin Kapp is a collection of five short stories.

    Eric Frank Russell did a pulp sci-fi style.

    I'm not really sure what is meant by "hard" sci-fi either but if you want non-political Russell and Kapp can provide that. There's no back history beyond a brief character introduction and no sprawling plot lines.

    Edited by skuzzbag at 21:59:28 17-11-2012
  • orpheus 17 Nov 2012 22:57:55 1,008 posts
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    darkmorgado wrote:

    Soft science fiction = Star Trek
    Hard Science Fiction = Asimov
    HAHAHAHA you gotta be fucking kidding me. Asimov, for all his robot laws and psychohistory is categorically *not* 'hard' sci fi. Virtually nothing from that period is; 'hard' sci fi is authors like Reynolds, Peter Watts etc that, as you say, deals with or includes/does not shy away from hard science like physics/biology etc.

    'Soft' sci fi is also not stuff that deals with 'soft' sciences - it's stuff like Asimov, like Kevin J Anderson etc, where stardrives just 'work' and aliens all magically speak the same language, can travel billions of light years in a few days etc. Star trek would be a decent example, true, but do get your terminology correct.

    Edited by orpheus at 23:00:54 17-11-2012
  • Deleted user 17 November 2012 23:03:20
    Hard sci-fi is something you'd change the dust-jacket on to avoid being alienated (arf) on the bus.
  • Mr-Brett 17 Nov 2012 23:10:04 12,878 posts
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    My sci-fi is harder than yours.

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  • rtk79 17 Nov 2012 23:11:11 496 posts
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    Robert Charles Wilson's Spin seems to fit OP's needs. Quite liked it anyway.
  • Lamb 17 Nov 2012 23:13:45 474 posts
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    Personally I don't see the fucking distinction theres good sci-fi and theres crap sci-fi, end of.

    Dark Morgardo some Klingon will have you for breakfast.
  • Bremenacht 17 Nov 2012 23:24:39 19,413 posts
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    Khanivor wrote:
    Greg Bear's Eon.
    Yeah, loved this. Heads is worth a try too, although it's a short.

    What's the thread's recommendation then? Is it Blindsight?
  • skuzzbag 17 Nov 2012 23:28:32 5,681 posts
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    Ah I get it. Hard sci-fi is when they just write stories about going to the moon and back because that's about as far as real science has got.
  • disusedgenius 17 Nov 2012 23:39:54 5,528 posts
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    Lamb wrote:
    Personally I don't see the fucking distinction theres good sci-fi and theres crap sci-fi, end of..
    It's a stylistic distinction, not a quality one. It's like comparing Froza and Mario Kart or something. Hard science just has more of a base in exploring scientific theory and concepts.
  • beastmaster 17 Nov 2012 23:44:57 11,805 posts
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    Dragon's Egg

    Hard sci-fi

    Edited by beastmaster at 23:46:15 17-11-2012

    The Resident Evil films. I'm one of the reasons they keep making them.

  • orpheus 17 Nov 2012 23:55:19 1,008 posts
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    beastmaster wrote:
    Dragon's Egg

    Hard sci-fi
    That link leads to the wiki description of 'hard sci fi' which is exactly what DM wrote, word for word. Classy. Shame he didn't read the final para.

    ROFL.
  • localnotail 18 Nov 2012 00:26:40 23,093 posts
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    Anathem. And other Stephenson. That'll make you think.

    Why no Iain M. Banks?

    Any room for William Gibson & Bruce Sterling or are they too "soft"? Is it just space stuff or dry futurism?

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • Deleted user 18 November 2012 01:04:59
    meme wrote:
    Hard sci-fi is something you'd change the dust-jacket on to avoid being alienated (arf) on the bus.
    What buses do you use?
  • Deleted user 18 November 2012 01:15:10
    I don't. I'm not a peon.
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