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.
To keep the list fresh, we’ve highlighted three top books from four different marketplaces. If you are an author, check out our new online course–finish your book with the help of bestselling independent authors.
Science Fiction Self-Published Bestsellers for May 2013
CyberStorm by Matthew Mather: “Mike Mitchell, an average New Yorker already struggling to keep his family together, suddenly finds himself fighting just to keep them alive when an increasingly bizarre string of disasters start appearing on the world’s news networks. As the world and cyberworld come crashing down, bending perception and reality, a monster snowstorm cuts New York off from the world, turning it into a wintry tomb where nothing is what it seems.”
The Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle: “The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they’ve hidden the truth about human evolution. They’ve also searched for an ancient enemy – a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over. Off the coast of Antarctica, a research vessel discovers a mysterious structure buried deep in an iceberg.”
The Year of the Dragon, Books 1-4 Bundle by James Calbraith: “The deluxe edition of the first four books of the “Year of the Dragon” best-selling historical fantasy saga, containing the entire Crimson Robe arc.”
Barnes & Noble Nook Press Books
A Vow of Glory by Morgan Rice: “Thor embarks with his Legion friends on an epic quest into the vast wilds of the Empire to try to find the ancient Destiny Sword and save the Ring. Thor’s friendships deepen, as they journey to new places, face unexpected monsters and fight side by side in unimaginable battle.”
Gabriel’s Return by Steve Umstead: “On the far-off icebound planet of Poliahu, North American Federation Navy Commander Evan Gabriel suffered the loss of several team members in order to free a native species and save his brother. Now he is being called away on a new mission by a friend in trouble, and by a name from his distant past.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
Dolmarehn by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson: “A year ago, Meghan Elam learned that she was Faelorehn, a being of the Otherworld. Immortal. Now she must juggle her life in the mortal world with the one she has started to build in the Otherworld. However, keeping her identity secret from her friends and family while trying to avoid a wrathful Celtic goddess is no easy task.”
The Evanescence by Jessica Sorensen: “My name is Gemma Lucas and everything in my life is falling apart. Lost Souls are roaming the world, possessing people, and the fey have made it their mission to torture the innocent. Death and suffering is becoming a way of life and no matter what I do, things keep tearing Alex and me apart. What’s worse is that every time I look into the future, all I see is a nearing finality for us.”
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.
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