Best Stand-Alone Science Fiction Books

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The publicly ranked version of our Best Stand Alone Science Fiction Books (see link below). These are the best science fiction books that are not in a series / can be read completely on their own.
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Doomsday Book

by Connie Willis

5 avg rating
Nebula
Hugo
Locus Science Fiction
BSFA
Arthur C. Clarke
41
2
1

The Lathe Of Heaven

by Ursula K. Le Guin

Locus Science Fiction
Nebula
Hugo
42
1
0

Fallen Dragon

by Peter F. Hamilton

John W. Campbell
Arthur C. Clarke
43
1
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44
1
0

2010: Odyssey Two

by Arthur C. Clarke

Hugo
Locus Science Fiction
45
3
3

Where Late The Sweet Birds Sang

by Kate Wilhelm

4.5 avg rating
Before becoming one of today's most intriguing and innovative mystery writers, Kate Wilhelm was a leading writer of science fiction, acclaimed for classics like The Infinity Box and The Clewiston Test.

Now one of her most famous novels returns to print, the spellbinding story of an isolated post-holocaust community determined to preserve itself, through a perilous experiment in cloning. Sweeping, dramatic, rich with humanity, and rigorous in its science, Where Later the Sweet Birds Sang is widely regarded as a high point of both humanistic and "hard" SF, and won SF's Hugo Award and Locus Award on its first publication. It is as compelling today as it was then.
 
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang is the winner of the 1977 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Hugo
Locus Science Fiction
Nebula
John W. Campbell
46
1
1

The Prestige

by Christopher Priest

5 avg rating
In 1878, two young stage magicians clash in the dark during the course of a fraudulent séance. From this moment on, their lives become webs of deceit and revelation as they vie to outwit and expose one another.

Their rivalry will take them to the peaks of their careers, but with terrible consequences. In the course of pursuing each other's ruin, they will deploy all the deception their magicians' craft can command--the highest misdirection and the darkest science.

Blood will be spilled, but it will not be enough. In the end, their legacy will pass on for generations...to descendants who must, for their sanity's sake, untangle the puzzle left to them.
World Fantasy
BSFA
Arthur C. Clarke
47
8
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The Time Traveler’s Wife

by Audrey Niffenegger

5 avg rating
A dazzling novel in the most untraditional fashion, this is the remarkable story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare's passionate love affair endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap, and it is Audrey Niffenegger's cinematic storytelling that makes the novel's unconventional chronology so vibrantly triumphant.

An enchanting debut and a spellbinding tale of fate and belief in the bonds of love, The Time Traveler's Wife is destined to captivate readers for years to come.
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1
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The Dosadi Experiment

by Frank Herbert

Beyond the God Wall

Generations of a tormented human-alien people, caged on a toxic planet, conditioned by constant hunger and war-this is the Dosadi Experiment, and it has succeeded too well. For the Dosadi have bred for Vengeance as well as cunning, and they have learned how to pass through the shimmering God Wall to exact their dreadful revenge on the Universe that created them . . .
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Blackout

by Connie Willis

5 avg rating
Nebula
Hugo
Locus Science Fiction
John W. Campbell
Hugo
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