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List of famous hard science fiction books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular hard science fiction books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best hard science fiction novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

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/usr/bin/god is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels
/usr/bin/god Cory Doctorow

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die The Scariest Novels of All Time

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A Deepness in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels
A Deepness in the Sky Vernor Vinge

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A Fall of Moondust is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels
A Fall of Moondust Arthur C. Clarke

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A Fire Upon the Deep is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels
A Fire Upon the Deep Vernor Vinge

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Absolution Gap is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels
Absolution Gap Alastair Reynolds

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Across the Sea of Suns is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels
Across the Sea of Suns Gregory Benford

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Ark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels
Ark Stephen Baxter

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Beggars in Spain is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels
Beggars in Spain Nancy Kress

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Between the Strokes of Night is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels
Between the Strokes of Night Charles Sheffield

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Chasm City is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels
Chasm City Alastair Reynolds

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Day Million is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels
Day Million Frederik Pohl

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Deep Navigation is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels
Deep Navigation Alastair Reynolds

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Diaspora is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels
Diaspora Greg Egan

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Fast Times at Fairmont High is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels

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Fifty Degrees Below is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels
Fifty Degrees Below Kim Stanley Robinson

Ariana Grande Feet Pics The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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Forty Signs of Rain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels
Forty Signs of Rain Kim Stanley Robinson

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In the Ocean of Night is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels
In the Ocean of Night Gregory Benford

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Kings of the High Frontier is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels

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Lecture Demonstration is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels
Lecture Demonstration Hal Clement

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Mars trilogy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels
Mars trilogy Kim Stanley Robinson

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Mission of Gravity is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels
Mission of Gravity Hal Clement

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Perfect Imperfection is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels
Perfect Imperfection Jacek Dukaj

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Quarantine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels
Quarantine Greg Egan

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Raft is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels
Raft Stephen Baxter

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Redemption Ark is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels
Redemption Ark Alastair Reynolds

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Rendezvous with Rama is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels
Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C. Clarke

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Revelation Space is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels
Revelation Space Alastair Reynolds

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Sixty Days and Counting is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels
Sixty Days and Counting Kim Stanley Robinson

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The Cookie Monster is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels
The Cookie Monster Vernor Vinge

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The Golden Age is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels
The Golden Age John C. Wright

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The Hot Zone is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels
The Hot Zone Richard Preston

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The Killing of Worlds is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels
The Killing of Worlds Scott Westerfeld

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The Risen Empire is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels
The Risen Empire Scott Westerfeld

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The Two Faces of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels

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The World Is Round is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels
The World Is Round Tony Rothman

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Thrice Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Hard Science Fiction Books and Novels
Thrice Upon a Time James P. Hogan