Monday, January 21, 2008

Alibris’ Five Top-Selling Martian SF Books

Alibris, an independent booksellers’ website that offers over 60 million used, new, and out-of-print books, has a neat feature that allows one to sort a search by “top-selling.”

For the sake of curiosity, we conducted a search for the subject “mars planet" and generated a list of 419 books. Sorting the list by “top-selling” and weeding out the nonfiction books, here are the five top-selling Martian science fiction books at Alibris:

1. The War of the Worlds, by H. G. Wells (1898)
2. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury (1950)
3. Ilium, by Dan Simmons (2003)
4. Red Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson (1992)
5. A Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs (1917)

Pictured above: Cover of The War of the Worlds (New York: Pocket Books, 1953). For an awesome gallery of more than 300 other covers of Wells' The War of the Worlds, see Dr. Zeus' collection.

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