Locus Bestsellers, July 2018

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1) Head On, John Scalzi (Tor) 1
2) Noir, Christopher Moore (Morrow) 1
3) Oathbringer, Brandon Sanderson (Tor) 6 4
4) Space Opera, Catherynne M. Valente (Saga) 1
5) The Power, Naomi Alderman (Little, Brown) 6 6
6) Scourged, Kevin Hearne (Del Rey) 1
7) Burn Bright, Patricia Briggs (Ace) 2 1
8) Persepolis Rising, James S.A. Corey (Orbit) 4
9) The Long Sunset, Jack McDevitt (Saga) 1
10) Child of a Mad God, R.A. Salvatore (Tor) 3 3
*) The Princess Bride Deluxe Ed., William Goldman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) 4
1) Ready Player One, Ernest Cline (Broadway) 6 2
2) Vanguard, Jack Campbell (Ace) 1
3) The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW) 55 1
4) A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin (Bantam) 85
5) Dune, Frank Herbert (Ace) 17
6) The Wrong Stars, Tim Pratt (Angry Robot US) 6 4
7) The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin (Ace) 4 5
8) American Gods, Neil Gaiman (Morrow) 35
9) Silence Fallen, Patricia Briggs (Ace) 3 10
10) Red Sister, Mark Lawrence (Ace) 2 7
*) Good Omens, Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett (HarperTorch) 12
1) Ready Player One, Ernest Cline (Broadway) 27 2
2) Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman (Norton) 1
3) Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (Simon & Schuster) 46 6
4) The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O., Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland (Morrow) 1
5) The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US) 17 4
6) Leviathan Wakes, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US) 15 7
7) The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu (Tor) 21
8) Altered Carbon, Richard K. Morgan (Del Rey) 7
9) The Body Library, Jeff Noon (Angry Robot) 1
10) Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer (FSG Originals) 11 1
1) Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn (Del Rey) 7 1
2) The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro & Daniel Kraus (Feiwel & Friends) 2 2
3) Star Wars: Last Shot, Daniel José Older (Del Rey) 1
4) Star Wars: Battlefront II: Inferno Squad, Christie Golden (Del Rey) 1
5) Star Trek: Voyager: Architects of Infinity, Kirsten Beyer (Pocket) 1

Head On John Scalzi science fiction book reviewNew releases dominate this month’s hardcover list with John Scalzi’s Head On, the sequel to Lock In, enjoying a substantial lead over second-place finisher Noir by Christopher Moore. The new runner-up was Though Hell Should Bar the Way by David Drake (Baen), the 12th book in his long-running RCN series. We had 44 nominated titles, down from 54 last month.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline claimed the top spots on both our paperback and trade paperback list due to interest from the recent film. Jack Campbell’s Vanguard, the first book in The Genesis Fleet, the prequel series to his Lost Fleet series, came in second. The new runner-up was Netherspace by Andrew Lane & Nigel Foster (Titan). There were 60 titles nominated, up from last month’s 54.

While Ready Player One had a comfortable lead over Vanguard on the paperback list, it barely edged out Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology for first place on the trade paperback list. Anthology The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Twelve, edited by Jonathan Strahan (Solaris), was the new runner-up. We had 73 titles nominated, down from 78 last month.

The top of the media and gaming related books remained the same as last month with Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn and the novelization of The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro & Daniel Kraus coming in first and second place, respectively. There were no new runners-up. We had 24 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 (2 in NH), Uncle Hugo’s (MN), White Dwarf (Canada).

Data period: April 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 July 2018 issue of Locus Magazine
Locus Magazine, Science Fiction Fantasy

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