If anyone else here is a fan of hard science fiction, do you have any recommendations? I just read Farside by Ben Bova and I really enjoyed it, so I'd say it's worth a read if you come across it.
I'm pleased to see that someone else besides me has seen Primer (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0007N1JC8/?tag=pfamazon01-20). It's one of my favorite movies. And it's enhanced by the knowledge that it's the project of a couple of engineers that produced it for pocket change.Some good science fiction movies::
*Primer - If you watch the movie once and said that you understood the whole fiasco,you would be lying.
It was published 3 years before Sputnik! Was the physics accurate??Space Tug by Murry Leinster [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Tug_(novel)] is a nominally juvenile novel but is also lots of fun for adults. It involves the operation of a space station, and the plot is, as much as anything, a series of cleverly expressed physics puzzles.
Most of the issues were not concerned with the 'rocket science' part of the process but with a lot of smaller human level concerns with living and operating on the station. One of my favorite issues deals with what happens if you threw something (a tin can, say) directly 'down' towards earth from the platform.It was published 3 years before Sputnik! Was the physics accurate??
I think it does, as long as it does so in a believable fashion.Does hard science fiction still stay hard if it introduces some element of fantasy or magical technology?
For example: faster than light travel, direct contact with aliens, telepathy, machines with equivalent or superior to human intelligence.