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Self-Published Science Fiction & Fantasy Bestsellers for April 2013

Author Marko Kloos led in our Science Fiction and Fantasy Self-Published Bestsellers list with Terms of Enlistment.

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 for March 2013

Amazon Books

Terms of Enlistment by Marko Kloos: “The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you’re restricted to 2,000 calories of badly flavored soy every day. You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service.”

A Shade Of Vampire by Bella Forrest: “On the evening of Sofia Claremont’s seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake.
A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood. She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine.”

The Book of Paul by Richard Long: “When Rose, a sex and pain addicted East Village tattoo artist has a torrid encounter with Martin, a battle-hardened loner, they discover they are unwitting pawns on opposing sides of a battle that has shaped the course of human history. At the center of the conflict is Paul, the villainous overlord of an underground feudal society, who guards the book’s occult secrets in preparation for the fulfillment of an apocalyptic prophecy.”

 

Barnes & Noble Nook Press Books

The Island by Michael Stark: “Stranded on Portsmouth Island, William Hill struggled to survive even as The Fever raced across the world leaving a wasteland of the dead and dying in its wake. The news brought stories of storms and riots, of people starving while governments promised food.”

The Book of Paul by Richard Long: “When Rose, a sex and pain addicted East Village tattoo artist has a torrid encounter with Martin, a battle-hardened loner, they discover they are unwitting pawns on opposing sides of a battle that has shaped the course of human history. At the center of the conflict is Paul, the villainous overlord of an underground feudal society, who guards the book’s occult secrets in preparation for the fulfillment of an apocalyptic prophecy.”

Fairest by Chanda Hahn: “Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, Who is the Fairest of them all? In the sequel to UnEnchanted, Mina Grime discovers that all is not fair when it comes to the Fae and their tales, especially when they don’t all play by the rules. Barely surviving the Story’s first fairy tale quest, Mina still has hundreds to go before she can end the curse on her family.”

 

Smashwords Books

Digital Divide by K.B. Spangler: “Rachel Peng is the first cyborg liaison to the Washington D.C. police. A routine murder investigation draws her into a conspiracy in which she and her fellow cyborgs are targeted for destruction.”

Off to Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer: “It’s a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things.”

Poor Man’s Fight    by Elliott Kay: “Tanner Malone never bought into military myths of honor and glory. Yet when family upheaval brings his otherwise stellar school track record to a disastrous end, Tanner’s plans for university lie in ruins. Facing homelessness and a mountain of debt, Tanner enlists in his home planet’s tiny navy.”

 

Apple iBookstore Books

The Wool Omnibus 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. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism.”

The Island by Michael Stark: “Stranded on Portsmouth Island, William Hill struggled to survive even as The Fever raced across the world leaving a scattered wasteland of the dead and dying in its wake. The news brought stories of storms and riots, of people starving while the government promised food.”

Spinward Fringe Broadcasts 1 and 2 by Randolph Lalonde: “Captain Valance has no memory of his past. Left adrift on a strange ship, he begins a new life. Years later he’s become a well known hired gun while searching for clues to his past. This follows the First Light Chronicles cult hit Space Opera series.

 This list was created by collecting the self-published books from four different marketplaces: the “Science Fiction” Best Sellers list at Amazon, the “Science Fiction & Fantasy” bestsellers category at Barnes & Noble, the “Science Fiction” category at Smashwords and the “Sci-Fi & Fantasy” category at Apple’s iBookstore.

What do you think? 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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