- Nova Swing, M. John Harrison (Clarke) (24%) Index 1
- Rainbows End, Vernor Vinge (Hugo, Locus SF) (23%) Index 7.3
- The Road, Cormac McCarthy (Pulitzer) (12%) Index 120.9
- The Privilege of the Sword, Ellen Kushner (Locus Fantasy) (9%) Index 5.8
- Soldier of Sidon, Gene Wolfe (World Fantasy) (7%) Index 2.1
- Seeker, Jack McDevitt (Nebula) (7%) Index 3.2
- Spin Control, Chris Moriarty (PKD) (4%)Index 3.6
- Titan, Ben Bova (Campbell) (1%) Index 1.7
Monday, November 26, 2007
SF Awards Watch has just completed their Poll of Polls, to determine which of this year's award-winners is the best (or, at least, has the most support online).
Since I'm a grumpy old reprobate, I decided to check the sales of each of these books, through such secret publishing channels as are available to me, and present them in a way which, with luck, will provide me some plausible deniability.
Percentages are of the total 92 voters at SFAW, sales figures are for the first-published edition (generally hardcover or trade paper) in the US, expressed as an index pegged to the level of Nova Swing sales:
On the other hand, Titan is the next worse-selling book, and the Internet voters (and talking heads in general) loathed that book, so perhaps art and commerce aren't quite as far apart as they seem.