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

GOOD Hard Science Fiction

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Engine City
Ken MacLeod

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

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Bill DeSmedt

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

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L. E. Modesitt

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

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Charles Stross

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

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WWW: Wake
Robert J. Sawyer

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

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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...

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Manifold: Space
Stephen Baxter

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

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Singularity's Ring
Paul Melko

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

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The Well of Stars
Robert Reed

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

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Spin State
Chris Moriarty

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

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Greg Egan

The Amalgam spans nearly the entire galaxy, and is composed of innumerable beings from a wild...

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Robert Charles Wilson

One night in October when he was ten years old, Tyler Dupree stood in his back yard and...

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Robert Charles Wilson

Now, in Spin’s direct sequel, Wilson takes us to the "world next door"--the planet engineered...

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Peter Watts

Two months have past since a myriad of alien objects clenched about the Earth, screaming as...

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Probability Space
Nancy Kress

In Probability Space, humanity’s war with the alien Fallers continues, and it is a war we are...

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Pattern Recognition
William Gibson

Cayce Pollard is a new kind of prophet - a world renowned "coolhunter" who predicts the...

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Stephen Baxter

It's the year 2030. The oceans have risen rapidly, and soon the entire planet will be submerge...

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Hull Zero Three
Greg Bear

A starship hurtles through the emptiness of space. Its destination - unknown. Its purpose - a...

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Robert J. Sawyer

Hominids examines two unique species of people. We are one of those species; the other is the...

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The Last Theorem
Arthur C. Clarke and Frederik Pohl

When Ranjit Subramanian, a Sri Lankan with a special gift for numbers, writes a three-page...

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Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter

Returned to the Earth of 2037 by the Firstborn, mysterious beings of almost limitless technolo...

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The Sunborn
Gregory Benford

The award-winning author of "Timescape" and "Eater" returns with a gripping new novel set in...

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How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
Charles Yu

From a 5 Under 35 winner, comes a razor-sharp, hilarious, and touching story of a son searchin...

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David Louis Edelman

How far should you go to make a profit? "Infoquake", the debut novel by David Louis Edelman,...

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Blind Lake
Robert Charles Wilson

At Blind Lake, a large federal research installation in northern Minnesota, scientists are...

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Charles Sheffield

Hans Rebka, interstellar trouble-shooter, had solved the mystery of the gigantic Artefacts...

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Dark As Day
Charles Sheffield

The Solar System is finally recovering from the Great War – a war that devastated the planets...

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John Varley

An intact wooly mammoth is discovered frozen in Canada. Huddled next to the huge creature is...


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