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Self-Published Science Fiction Bestsellers

Sean Platt and David Wright led our first science fiction self-published bestsellers list with the serialized post-apocalyptic novel, Yesterday’s Gone.

Our weekly self-published bestsellers list is often dominated by the popular genres of romance and erotica. In an effort to help GalleyCat readers find other kinds of independent authors, we will offer regular genre-focused bestseller lists for other kinds of indie writers.

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Science Fiction Self-Published Bestsellers List for January 2013

1. Yesterday’s Gone: Season One by Sean PlattDavid Wright: “On October 15 at 2:15 a.m. everyone on Earth vanished. Well, almost everyone. A scattered few woke alone in a world where there are no rules other than survival… at any cost.”

2. Wool Omnibus Edition by Hugh Howey: “This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream.”

3. Second Shift – Order by Hugh Howey: “SHIFT follows the New York Times bestselling WOOL series.”

4. The Martian by Andy Weir: ”The adventures of an astronaut stranded on Mars.”

5. After: The Shock by Scott Nicholson: “A massive solar storm erases the world’s technological infrastructure and kills billions. While the remaining humans are struggling to adapt and survive, they notice that some among them have…changed.”

6. First Shift – Legacy by Hugh Howey: “In 2007, the Center for Automation in Nanobiotech (CAN) outlined the hardware and software platform that would one day allow robots smaller than human cells to make medical diagnoses, conduct repairs, and even self-propagate.”

7. Firebird by LK Rigel: “It’s more than a hundred years after the world devolved into chaos and the gods returned to save humanity from itself. Samael purged the earth with cleansing fire, and Asherah blessed a chosen few with fertility once again.”

8. Post-Human Trilogy by David Simpson: “It’s the story of humanity’s future, both the possible bliss, the possible torment, and all of the in between.”

9. The Underworld by Jessica Sorensen: “Gemma thought her mind was gone, but she was wrong. And now she is left trying to figure out the truth to what Stephan is planning to do with her and the star, before it’s too late.”

10. The Tactics of Revenge by T.R. Harris: “we find our hero ex-Navy SEAL Adam Cain and his band of intergalactic Raiders fighting a behind-the-lines insurgency against the Juirean Expansion.”

To create the list, we collected the highest ranked self published bestsellers in Amazon’s “Best Sellers in Science Fiction” list. If you believe your book should (or should not) be included in our rankings, feel free to email GalleyCat with your concerns.

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