This is a relatively long work which started its life as a bunch of shorter works in the same continuity, which were then edited together to form a single more-or-less coherent narrative. Sometimes this occurs through the addition of a FramingDevice or EncyclopediaExposita to tie the different narrative threads together; sometimes it just means the stories themselves are edited to increase continuity and remove redundant exposition; sometimes they are just put in chronological order.

This is very common in literary science fiction, especially from TheFifties and TheSixties when there was a shift in the genre from publishing in short-story-dominated magazines to publishing novels. In those circles it's generally referred to as a "fix-up", a name coined by science fiction writer Creator/AEVanVogt.

Compare AdaptationExpansion, ArcWelding, ClipShow, CompilationRerelease, and especially CompilationMovie and {{Featurization}}. For the inverse, see DividedForPublication.

Not to related to PatchworkFic, which is when a fanfic combines characters and/or other elements from different adaptations of the same single story; or to PatchworkKids, which is when a child's personality and appearance are essentially just a mashup of their parents' own.



[[folder: Literature ]]

* About half of James White's Literature/SectorGeneral books are stitched together out of short stories.
* Several of Creator/IsaacAsimov's most famous books, including the first three ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' books as well as ''Literature/IRobot''.
* The Literature/VorkosiganSaga volume ''Borders of Infinity'' by Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold, which adds a framing narration to tie together three novellas.
* ''Accelerando'' by Creator/CharlesStross started out as nine short stories.
* Pretty much every ''Literature/WildCards'' novel.
* Ray Bradbury's ''Literature/TheMartianChronicles''.
* Bradbury's ''The Illustrated Man'' is a number of short stories with a FramingDevice about the titular Illustrated Man. All the stories are seen in his tattoos.
* Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheGunslinger'' was originally published as a series of short stories/novellas (hence its more episodic nature compared to the rest of ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series).
* The book ''Berserker'' is a collection of Creator/FredSaberhagen's "Literature/{{Berserker}}" short stories linked together by narration by the Third Historian of the Carmpan (alien) race.
* Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' "novels" ''Flatlander'' and ''Literature/{{Crashlander}}'' are actually his Gil "The Arm" Hamilton stories and Beowulf Schaeffer stories (respectively) collected together and given [[FramingDevice an external story]] to fit into.
* ''Literature/TheBigFour'' by Creator/AgathaChristie was originally a series of short stories that were published in ''The Sketch'' before being converted into a novel.
* ''Literature/ACanticleForLeibowitz'' was originally three short stories: "A Canticle for Leibowitz", "And the Light Is Risen", and "The Last Canticle". The novel version is extensively edited, even changing the names of some of the characters.
* ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' is an expanded and reworked version of two shorter works, [[note]]Or if you prefer, a very long novel expanded and reworked from two merely long novels[[/note]] ''Dune World'' and ''The Prophet of Dune'', that were originally published in ''Analog'' magazine.
* ''Literature/TheShipWhoSang'' by Creator/AnneMcCaffrey is a compilation of previously-published stories with one new story/chapter at the end to round things off.
* ''Literature/ToRidePegasus'' by Creator/AnneMcCaffrey is a compilation of previously-published stories with one new story/chapter at the beginning to establish the setting and premise.
* The first ''Literature/{{Riverworld}}'' novel, ''To Your Scattered Bodies Go'', was originally two novellas, "The Day of the Great Shout" and "The Suicide Express".
* ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' wasn't even compiled together into its current relatively cohesive form by J.R.R. Tolkien himself, but rather by his son Christopher. To quote the latter's foreword:
-->The ''Ainulindalë'' and ''Valaquenta'', which are given at the beginning, are indeed closely associated with ''The Silmarillion'', but the ''Akallabêth'' and ''Of the Rings of Power'', which appear at the end, are (it must be emphasised) wholly separate and independent. They are included according to my father's explicit intention; and by their inclusion the entire history is set forth from the Music of the Ainur in which the world began to the passing of the Ringbearers from the Havens of Mithlond at the end of the Third Age.
* Michael Swanwick's ''The Dragons of Babel''.
* Clifford D. Simak's ''City''.
* Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''Literature/EnderInExile'' stitches together several pre-existing short stories with some new story and narrative. Important characters from the beginning and end of the book are not present in the end and beginning at all.
* ''Literature/TufVoyaging''
* A.E. van Vogt's own ''The Voyage of the Space Beagle''.
* Creator/RaymondChandler's first ''five'' Literature/PhilipMarlowe novels are cobbled out of earlier stories, as [[ noted]] at Wiki/TheOtherWiki.
* The ''Literature/RangersApprentice'' books started out as a series of short stories by the author to get his son interested in reading before he decided to make them into a coherent series.
* Joe Haldeman's ''All My Sins Remembered''
* Large portions of M John Harrison's ''Signs of Life'' were originally published as stand-alone short stories, although probably planned from the start as a novel.
* Creator/RobertSilverberg's ''Literature/TheWorldInside'' was expanded from about five short stories set in the same universe.
* The [[Literature/ArabianNights One Thousand and One Nights]] are a collection of Arabian stories held together by a framing device, in which a well-read young woman recites one story a night to a king who intends to kill her, yet always feels compelled to wait till the following night to hear more; by the last night he has fallen in love with her, and they get married.


[[folder: Tabletop RPG ]]

* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. Four RPGA modules (R1 ''To the Aid of Falx'', R2 ''The Investigation of Hydell'', R3 ''The Egg of The Phoenix'' and R4 ''Doc's Island'') were edited together to create I12 ''Egg of The Phoenix''.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/{{Ys}} Book I & II'' for the UsefulNotes/TurboGrafx16 didn't merely slap ''Ys I'' and ''Ys II'' onto a single CD, but merged them together into one double-length game.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''{{Anime/Robotech}}'' can be seen as this, as the material used for it were not related to each other in anyway aside from sharing the same production studio.
* ''Animation/AdventuresOfMowgli'', the Russian version of ''Literature/TheJungleBook'', is a series of shorts which are sometimes released or shown as a single movie.