Adam Roberts is a great author doing "one and done" science fiction novels. unfortunately his work isn't in e format in america.
i've only read one of his books Yellow Blue Tibia but i'd recommend those with series fatigue check out his stuff.
Yellow Blue Tibia-
"In Russia, the year is 1946 and with the Nazis recently defeated, Stalin gathers half a dozen of the top Soviet science fiction authors in a dacha in the countryside. Convinced that the defeat of America is only a few years away—and equally convinced that the Soviet Union needs a massive external threat to hold it together—Stalin orders the writers to compose a massively detailed and highly believable story about an alien race poised to invade the earth. The little group of writers gets down to the task and spends months working until new orders come from Moscow to immediately halt the project. The scientists obey and live their lives until, in the aftermath of Chernobyl, the survivors gather again, because something strange has happened: the story they invented in 1946 is starting to come true."
one of his other works, ON, takes place on a massive wall and involves characters clinging to and climbing said wall. really out there but interesting stuff.
"Tighe lives on the wall. It towers above his village and falls away below it. It is vast and unforgiving and it is everything he knows. Life is hard on the wall, little more than a clinging on for dear life—and then one day Tighe falls off the wall. On is at once a vertiginous concept novel, a coming of age saga, a picaresque journey across a changed world, and an epic adventure in the very best traditions of science fiction."
so there are guys out there who resist the temptation of series but they're getting fewer and further between.
Last edited by xg4bx; 01-31-2012 at 05:42 AM.