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Science Fiction Trends (February 15, 2021)

Week in Summary

This week there were 33 new books in the Top 100.View them on Amazon.

The median (50th-ranked) book was at Best Sellers Rank 1314, decreased less than 5% from last week. Half the books in the Top 100 were between ranks 904 and 1770.

  • There were 41 standalone books, and 59 books which were in 42 unique series.
  • There were 72 books in KU, and 28 wide.
  • There were 20 books published by an imprint of a major traditional publisher, and 80 books estimated to be independent or self-published.

Trending topic tags this week were Police(5), Crime(4), Supernatural(-4) and Detective(3).See the whole list of topics.

Frequent words in titles this week were alien(8), post(6), apocalyptic(6) and dragon(4). See the whole list.

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Sales Rank Distribution


Covers


Trending in Blurbs

Frequent words in blurbs this week were new(40), life(34), world(33) and time(26). See the whole list.

Blurbs had a median of 13 sentences across 5 paragraphs. Text analysis of the blurbs in the Top 100 suggests:

  • 85 were written in third-person
  • 15 were written in first-person
  • 0 of the first-person blurbs had more than one point of view

Setting vs Character in Blurbs

In this plot, each dot is a blurb. The percentages show how much of each blurb is about characters, and how much is about setting and events. Neither is better than the other, but this plot shows us whether blurbs in the Top 100 are mostly about one or the other, or a mixture.

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