It's definately worth a look at these stories set outside the alliance/union story arc. Although somewhat stranger than the standard 'hard' science-fiction you may be used too. The strong characterizations we've come to know and love are still present.
excellent book port eternity knew it but voyager in the night wow !!! hints of exiles gate yet too good for words a real delight wave without a shore the weakest piece but nice nice collection third book on my kindle