Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic
-Arthur C. Clarke, Profiles of the Future
And that is the story of the boy who cried Dragon! Of course, when dragons sit around the campfire at night or tuck their children into bed, they tell the story of the dragon who cried Boy!
-Mike Resnick, Young Warriors: Stories of Strength
Morning comes whether you set the alarm or not.
-Ursula K. Le Guin
It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.
-Ursula K. Le Guin
A city's only ever three hot meals away from anarchy.
-Alastair Reynolds, Terminal World
Never fire a laser at a mirror.
-Larry Niven
The gods do not protect fools. Fools are protected by more capable fools.
-Larry Niven, Ringworld
When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else.
-David Brin
We're all born strangers to ourselves and each other, and we're seldom formally introduced.
-Robert Charles Wilson, Spin
Politics is ugly. Never doubt what small men will do for great power.
-Paolo Bacigalupi, The Windup Girl
Once, poets were magicians. Poets were… stronger than warriors or kings, stronger than old hapless gods. And they will be strong once again.
-Greg Bear
This is how humans are: We question all our beliefs, except for the ones that we really believe in, and those we never think to question.
-Orson Scott Card, Speaker for the Dead
Ignorance killed the cat; curiosity was framed!
-C.J. Cherryh
We seem to be young, in a very old Galaxy. We're like kids tiptoeing through a ruined mansion.
-Stephen Baxter, Ark
Even galaxy-spanning anarchist utopias of stupefying full-spectrum civilizational power have turf wars within their unacknowledged militaries.
-Iain M. Banks, Matter
Science fiction is often very far from escapism; in fact you might say that science fiction is escape into reality.
-Arthur C. Clarke
Man is not a rational animal; he is a rationalizing animal.
-Robert A. Heinlein, Assignment in Eternity
'Normal' is a dryer setting.
-Elizabeth Moon, The Speed of Dark
I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it.
-Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts
Fantasy is the impossible made probable. Science fiction is the improbable made possible.
-Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone
Anything you dream is fiction, and anything you accomplish is science. The whole history of mankind is nothing but science fiction.
-Ray Bradbury

Hard Science Fiction

For each book, we provide direct links to the online bookstore of your choice. Just click Go To. To learn more about a book, click its cover or title. Click Series for books that are part of a series and you will see the entire series. Have fun browsing our shelves!

New

View All Titles published in the last year

  • Cover Image
    The Clockwork Rocket
    Greg Egan

    In Yalda's universe, light has no universal speed and its creation generates energy. On Yalda...

  • Cover Image
    WWW: Wonder
    Robert J. Sawyer

    Webmind-the vast consciousness that spontaneously emerged from the infrastructure of the World...

  • Cover Image
    Surface Detail
    Iain M. Banks

    It begins in the realm of the Real, where matter still matters.
    It begins with a murder...

  • Cover Image
    Vortex
    Robert Charles Wilson

    Vortex tells the story of Turk Findley, the protagonist introduced in Axis, who is transported...

  • Cover Image
    Harmony
    Project Itoh

    In a perfect world, there is no escape

    In the future, Utopia has finally been achieved...

Great

View All Titles published in the last 10 years

  • Cover Image
    The Windup Girl
    Paolo Bacigalupi

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory...

  • Cover Image
    Matter
    Iain M. Banks

    In a world renowned even within a galaxy full of wonders, a crime within a war. For one man it...

Good

View All Titles published in the last 10 years

  • Cover Image
    Engine City
    Ken MacLeod

    For ten thousand years Nova Babylonia has been the greatest city of the Second Sphere, an...

  • Cover Image
    Singularity
    Bill DeSmedt

    A maverick astrophysicist, a rookie secret agent, and an uncanny consultant join forces in...

  • Cover Image
    Haze
    L. E. Modesitt

    A war between planets is about to start in this new science fiction novel by the bestselling...

  • Cover Image
    Glasshouse
    Charles Stross

    In the twenty-seventh century, accelerated technology dictates the memories and personalities...

  • Cover Image
    WWW: Wake
    Robert J. Sawyer

    Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math-and blind. Still, she can surf the...

  • Cover Image
    City at the End of Time
    Greg Bear

    Do you dream of a city at the end of time? In a time like the present, in a world that may or...

  • Cover Image
    Manifold: Space
    Stephen Baxter

    The year is 2020. Fueled by an insatiable curiosity, Reid Malenfant ventures to the far edge...

  • Cover Image
    Singularity's Ring
    Paul Melko

    There is an artificial ring around the Earth and it is empty after the Singularity. Either all...

  • Cover Image
    The Well of Stars
    Robert Reed

    The Great Ship, so vast that it contains within its depths a planet that lay undiscovered for...

  • Cover Image
    Spin State
    Chris Moriarty

    From a stunning new voice in hard science fiction comes the thrilling story of one woman’s...

Classic

View All Titles published more than 10 years ago

  • Cover Image
    Eon
    Greg Bear

    The 21st century was on the brink of nuclear confrontation when the 300 kilometer-long stone...

  • Cover Image
    Cryptonomicon
    Neal Stephenson

    In 1942, Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse - mathematical genius and young Captain in the U...

  • Cover Image
    Galatea 2.2
    Richard Powers

    After four novels and several years living abroad, the fictional protagonist of Galatea 2.2...

  • Cover Image
    Factoring Humanity
    Robert J. Sawyer

    In the near future, a signal is detected coming from the Alpha Centauri system. Mysterious,...

  • Cover Image
    Signal to Noise
    Eric S. Nylund

    Jack Potter puts computer cryptography to work for the highest bidder: sometimes for private...

  • Cover Image
    The Player of Games
    Iain M. Banks

    The Culture - a human/machine symbiotic society - has thrown up many great Game Players, and...

  • Cover Image
    Blood Music
    Greg Bear

    In the tradition of the greatest cyberpunk novels, Blood Music explores the imminent destructi...

  • Cover Image
    Bright Messengers
    Gentry Lee

    To Sister Beatrice, a priestess of the global Order of St. Michael, the cloud of tiny white...

  • Cover Image
    Darwin's Radio
    Greg Bear

    Ancient diseases encoded in the DNA of humans wait like sleeping dragons to wake and infect...

  • Cover Image
    Cosmonaut Keep
    Ken MacLeod

    Matt Cairns is a 21st-century outlaw Programmer who takes on the shady jobs no one else will...