What are the best hard science fiction books of the 21st century?

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    #1The Martian

    The Martian

    Mark Watney is one of the first humans to walk on Mars, but he's also the first person to die there, officially. After a terrible storm that nearly kills him and forces his crew to be evacuated, Mark, a world-wide known biologist, works hard to survive on the surface of the red planet. 

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    Daniel Ramos
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "A great classic sci-fi book. This thinks outside the box and beyond what we have ever truly done. While this book is still relatively new and should rise on peoples list on how good the book is."
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    #2Chasm City (Revelation Space)

    Chasm City (Revelation Space)

    Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds is a science fiction novel originally published in 2001. This book belongs to Reynolds' Revelation Space series. It is preceded by Revelation Space, The Prefect, and followed by Absolution Gap.

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    Dhruv Rangan
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is an elaborate and detailed science-fiction story that once you start reading is hard to put down. In this long novel, my paperback was 694 pages with a small font, one Tanner Mirabel - a solider-of-fortune - persists against overwhelming odds to hunts down an individual, Argent Reivich, that killed his friends"
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    #3Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    Ready Player One is a science fiction and dystopian novel by Ernest Cline published in 2011. It is about Wade Watts' search for an Easter egg hidden inside a virtual reality game world. It has a film adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg.

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    Eric Cook
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Its hard to say the best, but it is a modern day classic for sure"
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    #4Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse)

    Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse)

    Leviathan Wakes by James S.A Corey is a science fiction novel originally published in 2011. This is the first book in Corey's The Expanse series. It is followed by Caliban's War released in 2012 and five other sequels.

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    Kevin Ruiz
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Excellent scifi book. It has a lot of drama so if you're into science fiction and drama I would highly recommend it. This book was bought for me as a gift for my 17th birthday. I have always been a scifi geek and I got really into the story. Highly recommended!"
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    #5Blindsight

    Blindsight
    Blindsight is a book by Peter Watts that tells the story of extraterrestrial creatures surrounds Earth. They will send people on all parts of the universe to figure out what is happening and they have to pray they will do good to save the planet. 
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    Johnny Ellis
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Blindsight is a science fiction title by Peter Watts that is actually quite a good read. It follows the story of alien creatures and objects landing onto Earth, in which scientists and biologists must interact with them to study and talk with them. It's an interesting read and part of a 2-book series."
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    #6Pandora's Star (The Commonwealth Saga)

    Pandora's Star (The Commonwealth Saga)

    Pandora's Heart by Peter F. Hamilton is a science fiction novel and the second book to his The Commonwealth Saga. Set in the year 2380, The Intersolar Commonwealth is about to face a great danger that lies ahead of them.

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    Paul Henderson
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "While reading Pandora's Star (The Commonwealth Saga) I felt like I was reading a Soap Opera set in space. The characters felt superficial and the storyline seemed to drag on. Peter F. Hamilton, also seemed to have forgotten to include an ending to this story as the book just ends abruptly without any resolution or climax."
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    #7Spin

    Spin

    Spin is a book by Robert Charles Wilson that tells the story of how a barrier changed the planet and the lives of human beings.Jason, a scientist will do everything he can just to know what is happening and how to stop it. 

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    Mary Simmons
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I have mixed feelings about this book. Yes, it's pretty good. I liked the premise and I liked the challenging ways it made me think about the planet. I actually spent some time on the internet looking up the science (it made me that curious). I don't know if it's one of the BEST books out there. It's a good one, and interesting. If you like this kind of thing, it's intriguing. "
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    #8Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle)

    Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle)

    Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson is a speculative science fiction novel originally published in 2003. This is the first book in Stephenson's The Baroque Cycle series. It is followed by The Confusion. Quicksilver won the Arthur C Clarke award.

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    Jerry Huang
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "One of the very best Science Fiction books as revealed by the winning of the Arthur C. Clarke award. This novel is highly recommended, and may appeal to those who are not interested in Science Fiction. However, it may not appeal to those who want a simple story. It is difficult to follow, at times. "
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    #9The White Plague

    The White Plague
    The White Plague is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert. It tells the story of a genetically engineered disease that decimates human population and ensures its extinction, as it proves fatal to women.
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    Nathan Wood
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I've heard this is a classic novel but it just wasn't my cup of tea. The topics of concern in the novel fit the concerns of a society which existing a long time ago and I feel like the spirit of the novel does not hold up. The plot also seemed contrived - I'm not sure if it's because people back then expected less or what. I would not recommend wasting my time on this time vampire."
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    #10Hellucination

    Hellucination
    Hellucination is a standalone horror science fiction written by Stephen Biro which centers on a journey to find God through the use and intake of psychedelic drugs detailing experiences while high on drugs. 
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    William Murphy
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "I cannot believe a book about psychedelic trips could be so boring. Stephen Biro should have turned this into a short film project instead of a novel. I did not bother finishing it. The book is technically written well so some people may still find it worthwhile to read. "
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    #11Pushing Ice

    Pushing Ice
    Pushing Ice is a science fiction and space opera novel written by Alastair Reynolds. This book is about Bella Lind's journey and it is first published in 2005 by Gollancz.
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    Emily Hall
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I purchased this book to read on a recent vacation. It was perfect for that since it was a quick read, meaning once I started, I did not want to put it down. The plot was interesting and the characters were relatable. There were a couple of parts of the book that I found a bit hard to follow, but overall the writing was solid."
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    #12Blue Remembered Earth (Poseidon's Children)

    Blue Remembered Earth (Poseidon's Children)

    Blue Remembered Earth is a science fiction and the first book in Poseidon's Children series written by Alastair Reynolds. It is first published in 2012 by Orion Publishing Group.

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    Rebecca Collins
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This is really good book by Alastair Reynolds. I love science fiction books and this does not disappoint. It does start off slow but after Geoffrey leaves Africa the pace and action picks up tremendously. There are some very interesting ideas about global warming . This looks like the first in a series, Very well written and look forward to reading more from this author. "
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    #13Singularity Sky

    Singularity Sky

    Singularity Sky is science fiction book written by Charles Stross. Published on February 3, 2005, Singularity Sky follows humans as they interact with Eschaton, an artificial intelligence created by man in the twenty-first century.

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    Anthony Davis
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Hard scifi is hard to find, and good hard scifi much harder. This isn't the best, but it's damn good and worth the read if you like the genre. Lots of cool ideas in there with a plot that's not bad at all. Really cool tech though."
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    #14The Quantum Thief

    The Quantum Thief

    The Quantum Thief is a Cyberpunk, Fantasy and Science Fiction novel written by Hannu Rajaniemi. It was published August 19, 2014 by Tor Books.

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    Daniel Ramos
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "What an incredible concept! Halfway through this book, I had to put it down just to walk outside and take a break. I didn't stop because I dislike the but, rather, needed a moment to process just how thorough and complex the world was in this novel."
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    #15The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth's Past)

    The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth's Past)

    The Three-Body Problem is a science fiction cultural China book written by Liu Cixin and translated by Ken Liu as the first book in the Remembrance of Earth's Past series. Published in 2014 by Tor Books.

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    Jeffrey Gordon
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I have really wanted to challenge myself with some hard reading material and chose to look in the science fiction section. I ended up picking The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth's Past) to read as I had heard really nice things. This book really challenged me though I enjoyed it enough to purchase the rest of the series."
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    #16Revelation Space (Revelation Space)

    Revelation Space (Revelation Space)
    Revelation Space is the first book in the science fiction series Revelation Space written by Alastair Reynolds which centers on scientist Dan Sylveste trying to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats again. 
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    Kelly Ellis
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Revelation Space would make an excellent choice for someone looking for some hard science fiction that takes place in the 21st century. This book is part of a series so you may have to invest in some pre-reading to get caught up to this one."
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    #17Betrayer of Worlds

    Betrayer of Worlds

    Betrayer of Worlds is a science fiction novel written by Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner. This book was originally published in October 2010 by Top Books. Betrayer of Worlds was set in the Known Space universe.

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    Sandra Reed
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This book is filled to the brim with science fiction for any scifi fan. Everything goes to pieces after a supernova chain reaction. It is a great read!"
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    #18The Left Hand of Destiny 1 (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    The Left Hand of Destiny 1 (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    The Left Hand of Destiny by J.G Hertzler and Jeffrey Lang is a space opera and military science fiction novel originally published in 2003. This novel belongs to the ongoing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series.

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    Stephanie Hunter
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "If the book says Star Trek, I will read it. This book is mainly about the Kilngons, love it! Worf was always one of my favorites. The only disappointment is that it wasn't longer. "
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    #19Rising Son (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    Rising Son (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    Rising Son by S.D Perry is a space opera and military science fiction novel originally published in 2002. This novel belongs to the ongoing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series.

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    Summer Cui
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This novel explains the story of Jake and why he disappeared for so long, and also ties in Kai Opaka's story. Ultimately, it bridged the gap between the previous novel and the next, and didn't add much imperative to the story except for maybe an explanation and little insight to Jake's character."
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    #20Unity (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    Unity (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    Unity by S.D Perry is a space opera and military science fiction novel originally published in 2004. This novel belongs to the ongoing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series.

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    Paul Daniels
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "The series of books by S.D. Perry set in and around the timeline of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is something for the fans of the series, or of, at least, Star Trek itself. If you aren't a fan of any of this, then this book that explores the years directly after the events of the television series (DS9) may be lost on you. However, if you liked the TV show, or even just watched it while flicking through the channels, or caught it on reruns even, then I would recommend reading it."
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    #21A Stitch in Time (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    A Stitch in Time (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    A Stitch in Time by Andrew J. Robinson is a space opera and military science fiction novel originally published in 2000. This novel belongs to the ongoing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series.

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    Wayne Holland
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "A Stitch in Time (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is a good solution for hard science fiction books of the 21st century, because it is a space opera and military science fiction novel originally published in 2000. This novel belongs to the ongoing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series."

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Best What are the best hard science fiction books of the 21st century
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The MartianBooks 42 Paid
2Chasm City (Revelation Space)Books 39 Paid
3Ready Player OneBooks 37 Paid
4Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse)Books 34 Paid
5BlindsightBooks 33 Paid
6Pandora's Star (The Commonwealth Saga)Books 32 Paid
7SpinBooks 29 Paid
8Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle)Books 27 Paid
9The White PlagueBooks 26 Paid
10HellucinationBooks 24 Paid
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