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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Best Stand Alone Sci Fi Book (that is technically part of a series)

What is the best Science Fiction Book that COULD stand alone, but is part of a series?

We're not doing polls anymore, but we are doing extensive lists of book recommendations (and hopefully some good commentary on why those books are so beloved.)

I had to babysit my Facebook page yesterday, and I'm still healing the "psychic damage" from all that today (and a serious week of nanny hours is about to start). So today I'm going to just remind everyone that we have a book rec conversation going on RIGHT NOW.

If you haven't already, please don't forget to pop over to the original page to drop that nomination, see what else has been nominated already, second (all) those you agree with, and check up on the rules (there are a FEW after all). 

Keep in mind, as there have been some charming A/V media adaptations (and a few terrible ones), that this is a poll about BOOKS. If you loved one or more film or TV adaptations of Dune, but found Frank Herbert's original novel to be like chewing cardboard, you should nominate something else. 

Again, 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 joining in our Book Rec Conversation. I've really loved reading all your comments about the books you treasure and why.


  1. It's a favourite, and one of my go to comfort books. I have three hard copies, including a limited edition hardback, and digital on both Kobo and Kindle.
    Neuromancer by William Gibson.

    And pretty much anything by Terry Pratchett. But definitely Small Gods.

  2. You already called out Dune, but, yeah, totally Dune.

    Also Annihilation, by Vandermeer. The Area X trilogy is great, but Annihilation is fine on its own.

  3. I submit H.K. Jemisin's 'The Fifth Season, a stand alone in 'The Broken Earth' trilogy. Though I haven't read the rest of the series, TFS lays the groundwork in this fascinating story of catastrophic history and how it impacts various cultures.