on list
1) The Aeronaut’s Windlass, Jim Butcher (Roc) 2 8
2) A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, George R. R. Martin (Bantam) 1
3) Welcome to Night Vale, Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor (Harper Perennial) 1
4) The Shepherd’s Crown, Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins) 2 1
5) Shadows of Self, Brandon Sanderson (Tor) 1
6) Hell’s Foundations Quiver, David Weber (Tor) 1
7) Killing Titan, Greg Bear (Orbit) 1
8) An Ancient Peace, Tanya Huff (DAW) 1
*) Closer to the Heart, Mercedes Lackey (DAW) 1
10) Silver on the Road, Laura Anne Gilman (Simon & Schuster/Saga Press) 1
1) The Martian, Andy Weir (Broadway) 3 1
2) Closer to Home, Mercedes Lackey (DAW) 1
3) The Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW) 9 6
4) A Red Rose Chain, Seanan McGuire (DAW) 2 2
5) Fool’s Assassin, Robin Hobb (HarperCollins) 3 5
*) The Lost Stars: Imperfect Sword, Jack Campbell (Ace) 1
7) A Dance with Dragons, George R. R. Martin (Bantam) 23
*) Lock In, John Scalzi (Tor) 3 4
9) A Clash of Kings, George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra) 55 10
10) A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra) 63
1) The Martian, Andy Weir (Broadway) 12 1
2) Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie (Orbit) 1
3) Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Orbit US) 5
4) Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie (Orbit) 22 2
*) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs (Quirk Books) 14
1) Aftermath: Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Chuck Wendig (LocusBooks) 1
2) Star Trek: Titan: Sight Unseen, James Swallow (Pocket) 1
3) Predator: Incursion, Tim Lebbon (Titan) 1
4) Star Trek: Seekers: All That’s Left, Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore (Pocket) 1
5) Star Trek: Seekers: Long Shot, David Mack (Pocket) 2
1) Forgotten Realms: Homecoming: Archmage, R. A. Salvatore (Wizards of the Coast) 2 1
2) Forgotten Realms: Companions Codex III: Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf, R. A. Salvatore (Wizards of the Coast) 8 2
*) Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Battles: Overfiend, David Annandale (Games Workshop) 1
4) Forgotten Realms: Companions Codex I: Night of the Hunter, R. A. Salvatore (Wizards of the Coast) 11
5) Forgotten Realms: Companions Codex II: Rise of the King, R. A. Salvatore (Wizards of the Coast) 10


Jim Butcher’s The Aeronaut’s Windlass moved from eighth place last month into first place on the hardcover list, with A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, a compilation of three previously published novellas from George R.R. Martin, in second. Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia (Baen) was the new runner-up. There were 49 titles nominated, one more than last month’s 48.

The Martian by Andy Weir continued to dominate the paperback list with a substantial lead over second place finisher Mercedes Lackey’s Closer to Home, the first book in her Herald Spy trilogy. The new runner-up was the first book in Kameron Hurley’s Worldbreaker Saga, The Mirror Empire (Angry Robot). We had 62 nominated titles, up from 60 last month.

Andy Weir also maintained his lead on the trade paperback list with The Martian taking the top spot, followed closely by Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Mercy. The rest of Ann Leckie’s Ancillary series also made the list with Ancillary Sword and Ancillary Justice in the number three and four positions, respectively. The new runner-up was Empire Ascendant (Angry Robot), the second book in Hurley’s Worldbreaker Saga. There were 35 nominated titles, up from last month’s 30.

In media-related books, Chuck Wendig’s Star Wars: Aftermath retained the top spot by the barest of margins against second place finisher Star Trek: Titan: Sight Unseen by James Swallow. There were no new runners-up. There were 23 nominated titles, down from 30 last month.

R.A. Salvatore’s Forgotten Realms: The Legend of Drizzt: Homecoming: Archmage, held firmly onto first place in gaming-related books with a tie for second place between Salvatore’s Forgotten Realms: Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf and Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Battles: Overfiend by David Annandale. There were no new runners-up. We had 14 nominated titles, up from last month’s 13.

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Compiled with data from

Bakka-Phoenix Books (Canada),

Barnes & Noble (USA),

Borderlands (CA),

McNally Robinson (2 in Canada),

Mysterious Galaxy (CA),

Toadstool (2 in NH),

Uncle Hugo’s (MN),

University Bookstore (WA),

White Dwarf (Canada).

Data period: October 2015.

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