Category Archives: Hard Science Fiction

#9 – I, Robot Review – Isaac Asimov

Summary | Review | Movie | Buy The second book from Isaac Asimov on this list actually takes place in the same fictional universe as the first one, albeit thousands of years previous. Years before Hari Seldon starts preparing the … Continue reading

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#12 – Neuromancer Review – William Gibson

Summary | Quotes | Buy Neuromancer¬†is another one of those novels that I didn’t appreciate fully the first time I read it. While I clearly remember the ideas and characters being fascinating, I had a hard time deciphering the dense … Continue reading

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#13 – Ringworld Review – Larry Niven

Summary | Review | Buy Any book that begins with the main character teleporting to different time zones in order to prolong his 200th birthday party is worth giving a chance. And while Ringworld doesn’t exactly live up to its … Continue reading

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#14 – Rendezvous With Rama Review – Arthur C. Clarke

Summary | Review | Buy It’s fitting that Rendezvous with Rama comes directly after Ringworld on this list, as both books deal with mysterious mega-structures built by unknown alien civilizations and our attempts to understand their purpose and meaning. But … Continue reading

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#20 – The Moon is a Harsh Mistress Review – Robert A. Heinlein

Summary | Review | Buy In many ways, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is Robert Heinlein’s crowning achievement.¬†Carefully plotted, stylistically unique, politically sophisticated and thrilling from page one, it’s hard to imagine anyone else writing a novel that packs … Continue reading

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#24 – Snow Crash Review – Neal Stephenson

Summary | Review | Buy Neal Stephensen’sSnow Crash is the second “Cyber-Punk” novel on this list (the first being Neuromancer) and, in my opinion, the more enjoyable of the two. While both novels take place in a near-future dystopia of … Continue reading

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#25 – The Mote in God’s Eye Review – Niven & Pournelle

Summary | Review | Buy This is going to be a tough one. Rarely do I ever leave a book half-finished, but with this one I nearly came close. Although I did eventually finish The Mote in God’s Eye by … Continue reading

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#30 – The Caves of Steel Review – Isaac Asimov

Summary | Review | Buy While the novel takes place in the same fictional universe as I, Robot, Isaac Asimov’s The Caves of Steel is a much more conventional novel, although one that delves a lot deeper into the relationship … Continue reading

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#40 – The Gods Themselves Review – Isaac Asimov

Summary | Review | Buy While it may not be one of Asimov‘s most famous books, The Gods Themselves is a uniquely ingenious and prescient yarn that touches on the issue of our civilization’s insatiable need for cheap, plentiful energy … Continue reading

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#47 – Red Mars Summary – Kim Stanley Robinson

Summary | Review | Buy Kim Stanley Robinson’s Red Mars is one of the few hard science fiction novels that spends as much time delving into the inner lives of its main characters as it does explaining the scientific underpinnings … Continue reading

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