on list
1) Prince of Outcasts, S. M. Stirling (Roc) 1
2) Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, J. K. Rowling (Arthur A. Levine) 3 1
3) Ninth City Burning, J. Patrick Black (Ace) 1
4) Magic Binds, Ilona Andrews (Ace) 1
5) Navigators of Dune, Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson (Tor) 1
6) Tales of the Peculiar, Ransom Riggs (Dutton) 1
7) Betrayals, Kelley Armstrong (Random House Canada) 2 7
*) Quantum Night, Robert J. Sawyer (Ace) 5
9) Everfair, Nisi Shawl (Tor) 1
10) Project Elfhome, Wen Spencer (Baen) 1
1) Once Broken Faith, Seanan McGuire (DAW) 1
2) Hell’s Foundations Quiver, David Weber (Tor) 1
3) The Aeronaut’s Windlass, Jim Butcher (Roc) 3 1
4) The Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW) 18 8
5) American Gods, Neil Gaiman (HarperTorch) 20 6
*) The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW) 36 3
7) The Desert and the Blade, S. M. Stirling (Roc) 1
8) Poseidon’s Wake, Alastair Reynolds (Ace) 1
9) Fix, Ferrett Steinmetz (Angry Robot) 1
10) Willful Child, Steven Erikson (Tor) 1
1) Seveneves, Neal Stephenson (Harpercollins/Morrow) 5 1
2) The Obelisk Gate, N. K. Jemisin (Orbit) 2 2
3) The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu (Tor) 5
4) Uprooted, Naomi Novik (Del Rey) 6
5) Caliban’s War, James S. A. Corey (Orbit US) 4
6) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs (Quirk Books) 24 5
7) Hollow City, Ransom Riggs (Quirk Books) 5 8
8) Not So Much, Said the Cat, Michael Swanwick (Tachyon Publications) 1
*) The Martian, Andy Weir (Broadway) 20
10) Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie (Orbit) 29
1) Star Trek: Legacies: Purgatory’s Key, Dayton Ward (Pocket) 1
2) Welcome to Night Vale Episodes, Volume 1: Mostly Void, Partially Stars, Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor (Harper Perennial) 1
3) Welcome to Night Vale Episodes, Volume 2: The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe, Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor (Harper Perennial) 1
4) Star Trek: Prey: Hell’s Heart, John Jackson Miller (Pocket) 1
5) Aftermath: Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Chuck Wendig (LocusBooks) 12


Surviving only a month at the top of the hardcover list, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child fell to number two, and was sup­planted by Prince of Outcasts by S.M. Stirling (book 13 in the Change series). The new runner-up was Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (Dunne). There were 61 nominated titles, down from 63 last month.

Paperback original and new release Once Broken Faith by Seanan McGuire (book ten in the October Daye series) took first place on the paperback list, followed by David Weber’s Hell’s Foundations Quiver (book eight of the Safehold series). This Gulf of Time and Stars by Julie E. Czerneda (DAW; book one in the Reunification series) was the new runner-up. There were 62 nominated titles, up from 59 last month.

The top of the trade paperback list remained the same as last month, with Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves retaining the first spot on the trade paperback list by a slim margin over second place finisher The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin (book two in The Broken Earth series). The new runner-up was The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu (Tor; book two in the Three-Body Problem series). There were 79 nominated titles, up from 75 last month.

In media-related and gaming-related books, new releases dominated the list, taking the top four slots. In first place was Star Trek: Legacies: Purgatory’s Key by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore (the third book in the Star Trek: Legacies series), while Welcome to Night Vale Episodes, Volume 1: Mostly Void, Partially Stars by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor came in second. There were no new runners-up. 36 titles were nominated, up from 25 last month.

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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: September 2016.

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