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I really enjoyed reading beagle757's recent geeklist http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/52467/looking-for-some... looking for good SF or fantasy books.

However many of the responses to the list gave series of books, some of them 12 volumes in length, some not even finished yet.

I find it really despairing that the trend in recent years in SF and fantasy is that if an author doesn't write at least a trilogy, then his books are not worth publishing.

So this what this geeklist is about. I want to hear about good books whose author managed to be concise enough to write them in one volume. They could be 900 pages long, but they are one, complete, book, not a 15 volume never-ending saga.

[Edit] As requested by one of the commenters, here is the list of recommended books in the geeklist - my apologies if I ommited anything:

A fire upon the deep - Vernor Vinge
Anathem - Niel Stephenson
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
The Man in the Maze - Robert Silverberg
Tigana - Guy Gavriel Kay
House of Leaves. by Mark Z. Danielewski
The Anubis Gates or On Stranger Tides both by Tim Powers
Tiger Tiger (aka The Stars My Destination) by Alfred Bester
Friends Come In Boxes by Michael G Coney
The Godwhale by TJ Bass
The Worm Ouroboros by ER Eddison
Silverlock by John Myers Myers
The Demolished Man by Bester
Fantastic Voyage by Otto Klement and Jerome Bixby
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Ursula K. Le Guin's The Lathe of Heaven.
The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
Spin by Robert Charles Wilson
The Overlords of War by Gerard Klein
The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner
Candy Man by Vincint King, 1971
Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
Roger Zelazny- A Night in the Lonesome October
Brasyl by Ian McDonald
The Limits Of Enchantment by Graham Joyce
Joe Haldeman's The Forever War
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi.
Consider Phlebas, The Player of Games, Excession by Iain Banks
Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban.
Eifelheim by Michael Flynn.
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1. Board Game: Secrets of the Deep [Average Rating:5.99 Overall Rank:7221]
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A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge. This is in my mind one of the best most original SF stories I have read in the last few years. Vinge's "zones of thought" universe makes an interesting setting for this story, and he manages to create two totally different alien species that have a truly alien psychology, they do not think like humans with pointy ears.

A Fire Upon the Deep is a complete story in a single volume. It's prequel "A deepness in the Sky" is not really connected to it (and is not worth the read in my view).
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2. Board Game: Anathema [Average Rating:5.46 Overall Rank:9130]
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Anathem by Neil Stephenson. This amazing 900 page heavyweight will keep you going for a while. It begins as something that reminded me of "The name of the Rose", and ended like... well read it and be amazed.

One (big) book. What a read!
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3. Board Game: Gods [Average Rating:5.84 Overall Rank:6204]
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"American Gods" by Neil Gaiman. Urban fantasy at it's pinnacle. One book, no sequels, go read it now. Are you still here?
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4. Board Game: I've Never... The Outrageous Game of Truth [Average Rating:5.39 Unranked]
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Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. You'll travel the London Underground the same way again after reading this fantastic book
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5. Board Game: Mind Maze [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:8992]
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The Man in the Maze by Robert Silverberg. A compelling story of true loneliness.
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6. Board Game: Italia [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:2638]
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Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay. Kay writes fantasy stories based loosely on historical events. In this book the events take place in a land reminiscent of medieval Italy. A tale of political scheming, magic and love, I was really saddened when I finished it.
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7. Board Game: Minotaur! [Average Rating:7.88 Unranked]
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House of Leaves. by Mark Z. Danielewski.

Great SF-ish story that is a good (and difficult) read.

-DK
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8. Board Game: Het Huis Anubis [Average Rating:5.56 Unranked]
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The Anubis Gates or On Stranger Tides both by Tim Powers

Gates is a time-travel story while Tides is a pirate story that was the inspiration for the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
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9. Board Game: Tiger Hunt [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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I can't recommend you much recently published scifi or fantasy as I rarely dip into either genre these days, there's so much garbage being published, but here are a few one-off oldies but goodies that might be among paths less traveled:

Science Fiction:

Tiger Tiger
(aka The Stars My Destination) by Alfred Bester
Bester is an inventive writer with memorable characters - Gully Foyle is one of his best.

Friends Come In Boxes by Michael G Coney
A series of interlinked short stories about a future in which new bodies are grown to host the brains of the elderly. While awaiting a new body, brains are sometimes housed in life support boxes. More about the human condition than scifi whizz-bangery.

The Godwhale by TJ Bass
A rambling but entertaining far future story set on Earth that has eco-themes and some of the oddest heroes you're likely to run into.


Fantasy:

The Worm Ouroboros by ER Eddison
Early high fantasy novel set during the war between Witchland and Demonland with a norse saga influence. An intelligent fantasy novel that predates the association of heroic fantasy with orcs, elves, dwarves and wizards in pointy hats.

Silverlock by John Myers Myers
A picaresque fantasy journey through an imaginary land populated with characters from literature - Beowulf, Robin Hood, The Mad Hatter, Faust, and others. More fun if you've read a lot of English Lit.

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10. Board Game: Fantastic Voyage Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Fantastic Voyage by Otto Klement and Jerome Bixby

A movie was made, based on this book.
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11. Board Game: Wrinkles in Time [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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A Wrinkle in Time The following quote is from Wikipedia:
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A Wrinkle in Time is a science fantasy novel by Madeleine L'Engle, first published in 1962. The book won a Newbery Medal, Sequoyah Book Award, and Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, and was runner-up for the Hans Christian Andersen Award.

On a personal note: I read this book back when I was in grade school. This was the book that lead me to my love of science fiction and fantasy.

Apparently the author wrote additional books in this series, but as I recall, this book stands alone. I never read any of the other books.
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12. Board Game: Mancala [Average Rating:5.84 Overall Rank:3034]
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Ursula K. Le Guin's The Lathe of Heaven.

Wonderful examination of the topic "if wishes came true".
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13. Board Game: Andromeda [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1604]
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The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

Both a movie and a TV mini-series were made based on this book.

Also a nod to Jurassic Park by the same author.
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14. Board Game: UNO Spin [Average Rating:5.50 Overall Rank:9424]
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Spin by Robert Charles Wilson

Best Science Fiction novel that I've read in the last 10 years. In fact, you pretty much can't go wrong with anything he's written.
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Here's three of my favorites, all from the '70s...

The Overlords of War by Gerard Klein, 1973
http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/k/gerard-klein/overlords-o...
A far-flung story of combat across all of space and time.

The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner, 1975
http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/b/john-brunner/shockwave-r...
Cyberpunk before the word "cyberpunk" was coined!

Candy Man by Vincint King, 1971
http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/k/vincent-king/candy-man.h...
A cyborg finally saves mankind from their own distopian future.
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16. Board Game: China [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:409]
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I recommend Perdido Street Station by China Mieville. It's distinguishing characteristics are grittiness, a certain political/social consciousness (not in a self-righteous way), and interesting characters.
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17. Board Game: Beat the Devil [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Childhood's End
by Arthur C. Clarke

I've read just about every book ever written by Arthur C. Clarke, and I've been reading science fiction in general since I was able to read (over forty years).

Many years ago, I read this book as part of a survey of science fiction course in college. It is a classic that holds its power even today.

P.S. You'll have to read the book to understand the relevance of the game I've chosen for this list item.
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18. Board Game: The Hunt for Red October [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:6148]
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Roger Zelazny- A Night in the Lonesome October

A great read, but getting increasing tougher to find at a decent price.
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19. Board Game: Brazil [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Brasyl by Ian McDonald. A triple stranded story set in a Brazil past and future.

His River Of Gods is also a great read and highly recommended. Set in a future India in 2047.
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20. Board Game: Limits [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:3604]
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The Limits Of Enchantment by Graham Joyce.

Wonderful contemporary fantasy novel of a girl growing into a woman set against a changing English village in the early 60s.

Actually just buy any of Graham Joyce's fantasy books (but not his young adult books which are aimed at teen girls) and it is hard to go wrong. The Facts Of Life, The Tooth Fairy, Indigo, Memoirs of a Master Forger (called How to Make Friends with Demons in the US) are all excellent reads.
 
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21. Board Game: The Forever War [Average Rating:5.35 Overall Rank:9151]
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Joe Haldeman's book The Forever War is one of the best Sci-Fi reads I have come across recently - although it was written back in 1974.

Some would argue that it doesn't qualify for this list as he did return to write two more related books - however this is a completely stand alone complete story and there is no need to read on if you don't want to.

The game listed against here is based on the story.
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22. Board Game: That Girl [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi.

A relatively new novel - nominated for this year's Nebulas (and IMO the best SF novel in the list). Set in a future Thailand where fossil fuel has run out, there is bioengineering and plant plagues.
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23. Board Game: Culture Crazy [Average Rating:2.75 Unranked]
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No Sci-Fi list would be complete without an Iain M. Banks novel, however you could argue that as most of them are set within, or involving, his 'Culture' milieux that they constitute a 'series'. I would say this wasn't the case, as all of the novels can be read as complete 'stand alone' stories. Consider Phlebas, The Player of Games (most apt) and Excession are among the best.

However if you wish to avoid any suspicion of a 'series' then you could always go with the The Algebreist.


edit - grammar and speeling spelling
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24. Board Game: Walker's Geographical Pastime [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban.

A strange post-apocalyptic tale set in south east England. Again this features strange orthography (things spelled funny) - but is a fantastic book.
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25. Board Game: Forest Friends [Average Rating:4.20 Unranked]
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Last one for now -

Eifelheim by Michael Flynn.

A historian )with the aid of his physicist partner) is researching a disappeared village (which was never resettled) located in the Black Forest. Their story is told in relatively short chapters interspersed with longer sections set in the 14th century which tells the real story - which is of first contact.
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