The best selling charts for Science Fiction this week show that some of the trends and niches that were popular last week are still holding strong, while some are struggling.

Still going strong is the Apocalypse niche which has many trends and smaller sub-niches feeding into it keeping it constantly refreshed with both new books and new readers. Tied into this is also the popularity of the Dystopia genre, whcih generally plays with the Apocalypse niche, since it is usually set in the lead up to, during, or after an Apocalypse, From A. G. Riddles various books, to Margaret Atwood’s, The Handmaid’s Tale, to George Orwell’s, 1984, we see that there is a continued trend for apocalypses that appear close enough to touch, their relatability being a strength that draws in readers. On the other side of the coin, apocalypses which seem almost impossible to imagine have that sense of fantasy and impossibility to pull people in, books like, The Amber Project, by J. N. Chaney, or The Trail of Lightning, by Rebecca Roanhorse. The latter combines worryingly real elements about climate change flooding the world until only what was once mountains sits above the water, with classic Paranormal style monster hunting, which together give the reader a believable setting for mad things to happen.

Also popular this week is Space Opera and Military Science Fiction, though it has dropped in popularity from earlier weeks when it was the majority of the chart. John Scalzi’s, The Consuming Fire, is very popular this week. Not bad for someone who was accused of “ruining Science Fiction” a couple of weeks ago. His book features the classic tropes of the genre, a vast and evil Galactic Empire, Space Ships and Battles, and Space Exploration. Lots of other books on the list this week share them, with a surprising number of covers featuring  silver or white hued space ships zooming through battles, space, or around planets. 

Artificial Condition, from The Murderbot Series, by Martha Wells is still a popular pick by readers, which helps push the popularity of stories featuring robots a little higher on the chart. Which is a good thing for the niche since without The Murderbot it might have very easily disappeared from the list entirely, with other trends growing somethign hasto give, and this week it seems that Space Opera is pushing Robots off.

Science Fiction Romance is also doing well, as always. The majority still have a Male Alien and a Human Woman as the main characters. There are several Invasion narratives, some Abduction and Hunting ones, and the trend for Civilised Space Woman and Savage Alien Man is still doing well.

So generally not much change, but the proportions of what is going where have shifted with the reader’s interest. Space Opera is up, Robots are down, and Apocalypses and Dystopias are almost immortal.

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