Jeroen De Dauw
I read a lot of these books but I don't know what correct label would be, maybe not hard sci-fi, but at least deep.
Artificial Sarcastic Intelligences floating across space annihilating fleets of enemy starships, while making witty remarks about humanity. Love it! I wish someone made a movie about this.
It is part of the "Culture" series but really connected to other books so have a go.
Boo! Supreme Commander is the best RTS I know. How can you take away the things that made it great rather then build upon them in the piece of shit sequel which is just some another tactics game with flashy visuals. The higher you rise, the further you can fall. This game proved it.
The first book was rather disappointing for me, it simply does not contain what want to find in a hard science fiction novel. If you're into ancient rome and history in general, sure, it can be nice, but otherwise it's dull. Second book, exultant, was fantastic, and almost makes up for the first. Resplendent, the 4th one was quite nice, neat read the third yet.
The movie based on the anime based on the manga by Shirow Masamune. A classic in the anime world and one of the Wachowski's direct influences for The Matrix. Seriously, some scenes were almost literally ripped off from this. But this will satisfy you in ways that The Matrix never could. Also comes with 100% less Keeanu Reeves.
Absolutely loved both seasons of this series. It has lot's of interesting plot twists and depicts the relatively near future in a realistic way, hinting at a lot of the challenges humanity will have to face in a decade or two, as well as the amazing new capabilities we'll have at our disposal. Not to forget: great music.