The results are IN!
Our book rec conversation about stand alone science fiction (written after 1980) came up with a decent list for your TBR lists. From Brin and Russell to Asimov, these are the favorites of many.
I'm just going to drop this list and run. I have to get all my tax documents to my accountant in the next two days (all my crowdfunding and side gigs make my taxes way too hard to do on my own). This is why my "heavy" posts were at the beginning of the week this week. I will get our Master List updated this weekend (but you can go look and see what the results will look like, as well as check out our previous Book Rec convos). Plus, don't forget to go back to the original conversation to see what people said about the books they loved.
One small note. A LOT of people recommended books that weren't stand alone. I didn't take those nominations, and they aren't on this list. I won't finger wag too much here about following directions except to say that if you submit your writing to a venue, you're going to want to follow THEIR submission guidelines to the letter. Here, I will simply say to hold on to these great book recommendations. I'll be coming back around in time to do the best single book in a series.
Earth, D. Brin (2)
Snow Crash, N. Stephenson
Stars In My Pocket Like Grains of Sand, S. R. Delany.
China Mountain Zhang, M. F. McHugh
House of the Scorpion, N. Farmer
Silently and Very Fast, C. M. Valente
Sudden, Broken, and Unexpected, S. Popkes
The Positronic Man, I. Asimov and R. Silverberg
Story of Your Life, T. Chiang
Six Wakes, M. Lafferty
The Gone World, T. Sweterlitsch