Imagine a gritty tale of crime, violence, casual sex, and drug use as well as indolent and anomic behavior among Mid-21st Century youth living in a post-apocalyptic dystopia. If that’s the sort of thing you are used to reading, then try these stories for a change. They are upbeat, hard science fiction*, the kind that tells an interesting and exciting story set in a plausible future. The science in the fiction is well researched and based on the latest information about the natural world on and off Earth. The principal characters encounter all of the normal problems of life, but often in a hostile, extra terrestrial, frontier environment. Climb aboard for action, romance and danger!
*Hard science fiction is a category of science fiction characterized by an emphasis on scientific or technical detail, or on scientific accuracy, or on both. The heart of the “hard SF” designation is the relationship of the science content and attitude to the rest of the narrative, and (for some readers, at least) the “hardness” or rigor of the science itself. One requirement for hard SF is procedural or intentional: a story should try to be accurate, logical, credible and rigorous in its use of current scientific and technical knowledge about which technology, phenomena, scenarios and situations that are practically and/or theoretically possible, and later discoveries do not necessarily invalidate the label.