Locus Bestsellers, May 2018

on list
1) Oathbringer, Brandon Sanderson (Tor) 4 1
2) Artemis, Andy Weir (Crown) 4 3
3) Iron Gold, Pierce Brown (Del Rey) 2 2
4) Child of a Mad God, R.A. Salvatore (Tor) 1
5) Tempests and Slaughter, Tamora Pierce (Random House) 1
6) Into the Fire, Elizabeth Moon (Del Rey) 1
7) The Power, Naomi Alderman (Little, Brown) 4 4
8) Neogenesis, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller (Baen) 2 5
*) Persepolis Rising, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US) 3 6
10) 1637: The Volga Rules, Eric Flint, Paula Goodlett, & Gorg Huff (Baen) 1
1) The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin (Ace) 2 3
2) Silence Fallen, Patricia Briggs (Ace) 1
3) Ready Player One, Ernest Cline (Broadway) 4 4
4) Aliens Abroad, Gini Koch (DAW) 1
5) The Collapsing Empire, John Scalzi (Tor) 2 2
6) Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners, Larry Correia & John Ringo (Baen) 1
7) The Wrong Stars, Tim Pratt (Angry Robot US) 4 8
8) The Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW) 29
9) The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW) 53 7
*) The Swarm, Orson Scott Card & Aaron Johnston (Tor) 1
1) Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer (FSG Originals) 9 7
2) Cast in Deception, Michelle Sagara (Mira) 1
3) Altered Carbon, Richard K. Morgan (Del Rey) 6
4) The Bear and the Nightingale, Katherine Arden (Del Rey) 2 4
5) Ready Player One, Ernest Cline (Broadway) 25 2
6) A Darker Shade of Magic, V.E. Schwab (Tor) 12
7) The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US) 15 1
8) The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu (Tor) 20
9) Armada, Ernest Cline (Broadway) 4
10) The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin (Ace) 1
1) Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn (Del Rey) 5
2) Star Wars: Darth Plagueis, James Luceno (Del Rey) 8
3) Star Trek: Discovery: Drastic Measures, Dayton Ward (Gallery) 1

Locus Magazine, Science Fiction Fantasy

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson remained on the top of the hard­cover list, followed by Andy Weir’s Artemis in second. There were no new runners-up. We had 52 nominated titles, up from 47 last month.

Readers remembered Ursula K. Le Guin by purchasing The Left Hand of Darkness, which took the top spot on our paperback list with a respectable margin over Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs (book #10 in the Mercy Thompson series). The new runner-up was Changing Planes by Ursula K. Le Guin (Ace). There were 58 titles nominated, up from last month’s 55.

After five months at the top of the trade paperback list, N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season was finally dethroned by Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihila­tion, which claimed first place, followed by Cast in Deception by Michelle Sagara. There were no new runners-up. We had 77 titles nominated, up from 74 last month.

Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn returned to the top of the media and gaming related books list with a respectable lead over the second place finisher Star Wars: Darth Plagueis by James Luceno. There were no new runners-up. We had 20 titles nominated, down from last month’s 28.

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), White Dwarf (Canada).

Data period: February 2018

Note: book titles and covers on this page link to IndieBound, a network of independent booksellers, such as those that contribute to this list.

From the May 2018 issue of Locus Magazine
Locus Magazine, Science Fiction Fantasy

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