The May 16th program of The Dragon Page Radio Talk Show asks: Hard or Soft, how do you like your sci-fi?
Soft as being heavy on the characters and light on the science/futuristic settings. Hard as being heavy on the science, and lighter on the characters.
For me, I prefer a mixture of both the best. For instance, the Night’s Dawn trilogy by Peter Hamilton isn’t really hard SF, but it ain’t soft either. Its got heaps of characterization and story with quite a bit of high tech gadgetry and S.O.W (sense o’ wonder). If I had to choose, I’d say I’d come down on the hard side as my favorite, because I am a tech geek and I really like to see what cool stuff author’s can come up with. That’s not to say character driver SF isn’t good, its just not as appealling to me. Unless, of course the story is really good.
Which leads me to ask: Can we like both? Who fits into the ‘both’ category? Niven? Banks? Clarke?