Science Fiction Sub-Genres; Hard Science Fiction.
December 1, 2013 4 Comments
One of the most detailed sub-genre’s I’ve come across has to be Hard Science Fiction. I sat here for two days trying to find the right words to explain exactly what is was, and fell short every time. Maybe because I don’t write hard scifi, mine tends to fall into the soft category. As I was scanning the pages of the internet, I found a wonderful explanation on the author’s website:
“Hare sci-fi begins by defining sci-fi as that branch of literature which is written with science or technology as the main focus of the story. The hard sci-fi writer takes great care to make the science and technology as plausible as possible.”
In other words, not only must there be plausible science in the technology of hard scifi stories, but it must be that technology that is the focus of the story.
For someone like me, this type of story is intimidating. I’m not that smart when it comes to technical things, even though I do love watching science shows. I understand quantum theory (somewhat), but ask me to explain it to someone….um…no. I’m more of a soft scifi girl.
If you like hard SF stories, I found a link with the top hard SF novels. Mind you, these are preferences of the author of the article.
What do you think of Hard Science Fiction? Have you read any?