Locus Bestsellers, March 2018

HARDCOVERS Months
on list
Last
month
1) Artemis, Andy Weir (Crown) 2 2
2) Oathbringer, Brandon Sanderson (Tor) 2 1
3) Persepolis Rising, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US) 1
4) Provenance, Ann Leckie (Orbit US) 4 4
5) The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, Philip Pullman (Knopf) 3 6
6) The Power, Naomi Alderman (Little, Brown) 2 5
7) The Princess Bride Deluxe Edition, William Goldman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) 2 9
8) Edgedancer, Brandon Sanderson (Tor) 3 3
9) Strange Weather, Joe Hill (Morrow) 1
10) Beren and Lúthien, J.R.R. Tolkien (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) 5
*) Vallista, Steven Brust (Tor) 2
PAPERBACKS
1) Ready Player One, Ernest Cline (Broadway) 2 3
2) The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW) 51 4
3) The Wrong Stars, Tim Pratt (Angry Robot US) 2 1
4) Cold Welcome, Elizabeth Moon (Del Rey) 1
5) The Way of Kings, Brandon Sanderson (Tor) 4 5
6) Pathways, Mercedes Lackey, ed. (DAW) 1
7) American Gods, Neil Gaiman (Morrow) 34 8
8) Dune, Frank Herbert (Ace) 15
9) Good Omens, Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett (Morrow) 11
*) The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US) 1
TRADE PAPERBACKS
1) The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US) 13 1
2) Ready Player One, Ernest Cline (Broadway) 23 4
3) The Stone Sky, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US) 4 7
4) The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, Becky Chambers (Harper Voyager US) 3
5) The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu (Tor) 19 4
6) Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer (FSG Originals) 7 3
7) The Martian, Andy Weir (Broadway) 22
8) All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor) 5
*) Leviathan Wakes, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US) 13
10) Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (Simon & Schuster) 44 2
MEDIA & GAMING RELATED
1) Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, Anonymous, ed. (Del Rey) 3 2
2) The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard, David A. Goodman (Titan) 1
3) Welcome to Night Vale: It Devours!, Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor (Harper Perennial) 3 1
4) Star Trek: Titan: Fortune of War, David Mack (Pocket) 1
5) Star Wars: Aftermath: Life Debt, Chuck Wendig (Del Rey) 6

Artemis, Andy Weir’s follow-up to The Martian, wrested first place on the hard­cover list from Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer, which came in second. A War in Crimson Embers by Alex Marshall, book three in The Crimson Empire trilogy (Orbit US), was the new runner-up. We had 45 nominated titles, down from 54 last month.

In anticipation of the upcoming movie, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline claimed the top spot on the paperback list, barely overcoming perennial favorite The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. There were no new runners-up; 52 titles were nominated, down from last month’s 57.

N.K. Jemisin’s dominance of the trade paperback list continued as The Fifth Season earned its fourth month at the top of the list, with a commanding lead over Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One in second. There were no new runners-up. We had 56 titles nominated, down from 72 last month.

After two months in second place, Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View moved to the top of the list, barely edging out David A. Goodman’s The Autobi­ography of Jean-Luc Picard. There were no new runners-up. We had 30 titles nominated, up from last month’s 22.


Compiled with data from Bakka-Phoenix Books (Canada), Barnes & Noble (USA), Borderlands (CA), McNally Robinson (2 in Canada), Mysterious Galaxy (CA), Toadstool, Uncle Hugo’s (MN), White Dwarf (Canada).

Data period: December 2017


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From the March 2018 issue of Locus Magazine

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