The Locus Bestsellers for September include top titles Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (Ballantine), Dune by Frank Herbert (Ace), The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune (Tor), and Star Trek, the Next Generation: Shadows Have Offended by Cassandra Rose Clarke (Gallery).
|1)||Project Hail Mary, Andy Weir (Ballantine)||3||1|
|2)||A Psalm for the Wild-Built, Becky Chambers (Tordotcom)||1||–|
|3)||The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, V.E. Schwab (Tor)||10||4|
|4)||A Court of Silver Flames, Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury US)||6||7|
|5)||Harrow the Ninth, Tasmyn Muir (Tordotcom)||3||–|
|6)||Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury US)||10||9|
|7)||Final Girl Support Group, Grady Hendrix (Berkley)||1||–|
|*)||The Ministry for the Future, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US)||9||4|
|9)||Fugitive Telemetry, Martha Wells (Tordotcom)||4||2|
|10)||The Witness for the Dead, Katherine Addison (Tor)||2||8|
|1)||Dune, Frank Herbert (Ace)||54||1|
|2)||Foundation, Isaac Asimov (Bantam)||5||–|
|3)||Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW)||84||–|
|4)||Peace Talks, Jim Butcher (Ace)||2||–|
|5)||The Saints of Salvation, Peter F. Hamilton (Del Rey)||1||–|
|6)||The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Tor)||8||–|
|*)||Mistborn, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)||13||4|
|8)||The Last Wish, Andrzej Sapkowski (Orbit US)||9||–|
|*)||Neuromancer, William Gibson (Ace)||11||–|
|10)||Queen of Storms, Raymond E. Feist (Harper Voyager US)||1||–|
|1)||The House in the Cerulean Sea, TJ Klune (Tor)||7||1|
|2)||A Deadly Education, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)||2||–|
|3)||Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)||2||2|
|4)||Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tordotcom)||10||3|
|5)||Dune, Frank Herbert (Ace)||3||–|
|6)||Black Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)||1||–|
|7)||Priory of the Orange Tree, Samantha Shannon (Bloomsbury US)||5||–|
|8)||The Galaxy, and the Ground Within, Becky Chambers (Harper Voyager US)||4||5|
|9)||Network Effect, Martha Wells (Tordotcom)||2||6|
|10)||House of Earth and Blood, Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury US)||4||–|
|MEDIA & GAMING RELATED|
|1)||Star Trek, the Next Generation: Shadows Have Offended, Cassandra Rose Clarke (Gallery)||1||–|
|2)||Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi, Charles Soule (Del Rey)||5||1|
|3)||Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising, Timothy Zahn (Del Rey)||5||–|
|4)||Doctor Who: The Ruby’s Curse, Alex Kingston (Penguin)||1||–|
|*)||Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn (Del Rey)||18||–|
Andy Weir’s Project Hail Mary remained at the top of the hardcover list for another month, followed closely by A Psalm for the Wild-Built, the first book in a new series by Becky Chambers. Chuck Wendig’s new book The Book of Accidents (Del Rey) was our new runner-up. We had 49 nominated titles, up from 39 last month.
Dune by Frank Herbert came out on top of the paperback list for another month with a substantial lead over our second-place winner, another old-time favorite, Isaac Asimov’s Foundation. There were no new runners-up. Fifty-four titles were nominated, up from last month’s 40.
On the trade paperback list, The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune barely eked out a win to stay at the top, closely followed by Naomi Novik’s A Deadly Education. Our new runner-up was Cast in Conflict by Michelle Sagara (Mira). There were 58 nominated titles, up from last month’s 57.
On the media and gaming-related list, Star Trek, the Next Generation: Shadows Have Offended by Cassandra Rose Clarke barely edged out Charles Soule’s Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi to take first place. There were no new runners-up. We had 22 nominated titles, up from last month’s 17.
Compiled with data from: Bakka-Phoenix (Canada), Borderlands (CA), McNally Robinson (two in Canada), Mysterious Galaxy (CA), Orca Books (WA), Toadstool (NH), White Dwarf (Canada).
Data period: July 2021.
Note: book titles and covers on this page link to IndieBound, a network of independent booksellers, such as those that contribute to this list.
This report and more like it in the October 2021 issue of Locus.
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