Now that I have your attention (what, isn’t the title sensational enough for ya?) I have a question. Do you prefer your science fiction harder or softer? If you’re not sure what I mean, to me hard science fiction refers to books where there is a focus on technical accuracy, except for the fictional elements of course. The fiction is based on extrapolating from the known facts of today’s physics, chemistry, astronomy, etc.
I enjoy hard science fiction most, but don’t eschew the softer side. There are plenty of good books that aren’t based on reality as we know it at all and that works just fine for me. For example, I don’t think people would count Gene Wolfe as hard science fiction but I enjoy the heck out of almost all his writing.
But what about you? Do you demand hard science fiction? Maybe go so far as mundane science fiction?