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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Best Stand Alone Modern Sci-Fi [Last Chance to Recommend]

What is the BEST stand alone science fiction book (or short story) written AFTER 1980?

This is it! The last call for nominations (or seconds of existing nominations) that will go on our compilation page. While I work behind the scenes to finish up my Inside Scoop newsletter for that tier of patrons, you all take the last swing at our current book recommendation conversation. 

Remember there are no more polls. We just have a conversation about some good books. Next week (Tuesday probably), I will publish the two lists: one of "undersung heroes," (the books that aren't the best but that you love and want to see more people know about), and the BEST, which will have no ranking other than being listed in order of which got the most seconds.

You can also check out our growing Master List for great recommendations in lots of different categories! (It's also a great way to see the what the results of participation here will look like.) Come check it out!

Please remember to go to the original page to drop your nomination (and familiarize yourself with the rules if you haven't yet). If you put it anywhere else (including a Facebook comment on this post) it will not be counted.

Thank you all for your input. I've really love reading all your comments about the books you treasure and why.


  1. Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas. It's the first book in a while that I could very clearly see the entire time as if it was a movie playing in my head. And the climax was epic (no pun intended, but I felt totally exhausted afterward nonetheless).

    1. And I didn't read the bottom 🤦🏻‍♀️