Best Stand-Alone Science Fiction

Many science fiction books are part of a series, but what if you don't want to feel roped into reading another book? Or what if you don’t want to worry about starting in the middle of a story? These books avoid both pitfalls by having neither sequels nor prequels. Books set in a shared universe count as stand-alone, as long as they don't feature common characters or shared story-lines.

see also: Great standalone science fiction
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads What is your feeling about a volume of short stories?


message 2: by Malin (new)

Malin Hellström Susanna wrote: "What is your feeling about a volume of short stories?"

Love it! It's great as an overview and introduction to genres, authors etc. I've read a few and am working through my lists of short story compilations =)

What do you yourself think about volumes of short stories?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Oh, I like them. I was just wondering if we should add them to this list.


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I think volumes of short stories should be included in another lists, though I suppose each story could be considered as complete unto itself and therefore as standing alone. Following that logic, I'd prefer to see individual short stories nominated, rather than collections.


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