This week in Science Fiction, Space Opera and Alien Invasions are back!

Most of the books in this week’s Science Fiction chart take place either on another planet or in space. Some of these are focused on battles, soldiers, and are a part of the Military Science Fiction Niche, such as Marko Kloos’, Aftershocks, while others are more focused on exploration and the internal politics of alien species, like, Daniel Arenson’s, Children of Earth, and S. H. Jucha’s, Vekloks.

Meanwhile, tales of surviving and fighting back against alien invasion are being told by writers like, M. R. Forbes, in Invasion, and Jay Allan’s, The Others. These are often on the high end of Military Science Fiction as well, with a lot of the writing focused on the capabilities of one side or the other and the emotional toll the fighting has taken on the protagonists.

Robots are not quite as popular as aliens on the charts this week, though Martha Wells’, second Murderbot Diaries novella, Artificial Condition is doing well. This series is a little outside the norm for a lot of the niches and trends in the chart this week, a genderless robot named “Murderbot” is not often the preferred protagonist for stories about tragic pasts and suspense filled futures, but Wells shows that it can be done and done well.

Apocalypses of every size and shape are taking place on the pages of this week’s chart toppers. From plague based tragedies in A. G. Riddle’s, Pandemic, to alien invasions in M. R. Forbes’ Invasion, there are all sorts of preferred planetary dooms for people to choose from. Particularly popular this week are EMP based apocalypses, where the end of the world starts with the destruction of modern technology. James Hunt’s, The Last Cabin, is one such book, as is T. L. Payne’s, Hunted.

Also popular this week is the trend of blending Science Fiction and Fantasy, for example, Witch of the Federation, a tale about an AI testing a young woman to see if she is worthy of being taught the magical powers her society can offer her. Meanwhile, in a world changed by the Climate Crisis, most of the planet is under water, apart from the lands that were once the Navajo reservation, where gods and monsters now walk, Rebecca Roanhorse’s, Trail of Lightning, is selling really well.

The classics of the genre are also tending towards the dystopian, 1984 by George Orwell is hitting the charts twice this week, once by itself, and once in a collection with Animal Farm. Not to be left behind, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s, Good Omens, is also selling very well, as is Margaret Atwood’s, The Handmaid’s Tale.

So, lot’s of choice for the readers and writers of Science Fiction to choose from. But, generally speaking, dystopias and apocalypses seem to be where it is at this week. Alien invasions are also hitting a lot of high notes with people, while Military Science Fiction is often taking on the competition and winning. Female protagonists seem to be the most popular this week, though for one of the first times for this website a character not on the Gender Binary is selling a lot of books, and in a genre frequently filled with non-human characters, it is odd that it took as long as it did.

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