The best hard science fiction he’d read in decades is a techno-thriller

Sunday, December 8th, 2019

Travis Corcoran (The Powers of the Earth) recently called Daniel Suarez’s Delta V the ”best hard science fiction [he'd] read in decades,” and I replied that ”You need to dip your toes into the thriller genre to get hard science fiction.” Since I listened to the audiobook version of Delta V, I have no quotes to share, but I can add that another techno-thriller bordering on hard science fiction is P.W. Singer’s Ghost Fleet.


  1. CVLR says:

    This book is an assault on all literature.

  2. Buckethead says:

    It wasn’t that bad. But I’d say that Suarez peaked early with Daemon, Freedom™ and Kill Decision. I enjoyed those a lot, his more recent work less so.

    Apparently Delta-V is the first installment in a trilogy.

  3. CVLR says:

    “Do you enjoy sex with animals, Mr. Tighe?”
    “What? No.”
    “Do you not enjoy the sex you have with animals?”
    “I don’t have sex with animals.”
    “But if you did, would you enjoy it?”

    This pretty much sums up this book for me.

  4. Graham says:

    Was that exchange about extrahuman sexuality part of an interrogation of some kind?

    It follows the established structural form of “when did you stop beating your wife?”

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