Tomorrow I’ll be on this panel at ConFusion:
If You Liked ‘The Martian’…
Hard science fiction is serious business. Hard science fiction done well can be big business, as exhibited by Andy Weir’s mega-hit The Martian. What other hard science fictions stories are out there in The Martian’s shadow? And what about their science is so engaging?
So tonight I’m going to note some examples to serve as reminders.
- The Martian by Andy Weir. Yeah, it’s in the title, but a list like this would not be complete without it.
- The Martian by Ridley Scott.
- Mission Control by Andy Weir. A future NASA TV series from Andy Weir.
- Gravity by Alfonso Cuarón.
- Europa Report by Sebastián Cordero.
- Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke, as well as the rest of the Rama series.
- Moonrise by Ben Bova, as well as the rest of the Grand Tour series.
- Fighting Madness by P.J. Plauger. This little-known gem is one of the biggest influences on my own writing.
- Clarke County, Space by Allen Steele.
- Legacy of Heorot by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Steve Barnes.
- Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson.
- “Geospermia” by Patty Jansen.
- The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein.
That should be plenty of examples. It’s only a one-hour panel, and there are five of us.