This is a continuation of the Science Fiction / Fantasy Genre Glossary Project posts. For the complete genre index click here.
What is Hard Science Fiction?
Science fiction written with an eye towards scientific accuracy. The science featured in these stories must be theoretically possible, logical, and accurate, according to the science available at the time of writing.
- Heavy Planet by Hal Clement
- Ringworld by Larry Niven
What is Soft Science Fiction?
Conversely, soft science fiction takes the emphasis away from the details of science. The mechanics behind the operation of future technology may not be explained. Characters are the central focus.
- The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin
- Dune by Frank Herbert
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Most science fiction seems to fall between the two extremes. Are you a science fiction reader? Do you have a preference?
P.S. As an unexpected result of these genre posts I’ve stumbled onto some amazing artist portfolios. Clicking any of these images will take you to the source. If you’re into illustration and artwork I highly recommend the click through.