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February 07, 2005

Amazon Best Seller, Blah Blah Blah

A little bird tittered in my ear that Old Man's War has crawled onto the Amazon Best Seller list in the Science Fiction & Fantasy genre: At this very second it's #12 (this will almost certainly change quickly, this being Amazon), just slightly above The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Just below that: George Orwell, Stephen King, Ray Bradbury and Ayn Rand. Golly. This is probably the last time I'll be on top of all of these characters, and I resolve to savor this moment duly.


Okay, I'm done.

Before anyone thinks that I've hauled myself onto a bestseller list by myself, even a narrow-gauge one such as this one, I'll note that yesterday Instapundit gave the book a nice mention once again, thus bumping up the Amazon rankings once more. He's definitely getting an acknowledgment in the next book, I tell you. Aside from that other bloggers have also promoted the book: here and here and here, for example (and there's a very touching testimonial here). This is exactly the grassroots sort of stuff that makes a real difference for a book like mine, and I'm genuinely humbled so many bloggers have chosen to read it and write about it. So: many, many thanks.

Update: Here's a good reason Old Man's War is guaranteed to fall off this best seller list -- at the moment, Amazon's down to its last five copies (they say more are on the way, however). Jeez. Talk about inconvenient timing.

Posted by john at February 7, 2005 03:25 PM

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cb | February 7, 2005 04:40 PM

Que Han Solo...

"Don't get cocky!"

Gratz on the continued success.

John Scalzi | February 7, 2005 04:43 PM

"Don't get cocky!"

Ha! Yeah, I know.

Mark Ditta | February 7, 2005 05:45 PM

Congrats on your success with this book! I haven't yet picked it up but intend to. Now I think I might just order it from Amazon to help boost you there... Heck, I have to finish Gibson's Pattern Recognition first anyway....

John Scalzi | February 7, 2005 05:46 PM

No rush, Mark. Amazon will reload soon. Enjoy your Gibson.

Jess | February 7, 2005 08:25 PM

Since when is Atlas Shrugged Sc-fi or fantasy? How about Plot Against America? Weird.

dave munger | February 7, 2005 10:39 PM

All gone now. And down to number 18. Such are the vicissitudes of fortune. I suspect it will be up in the top ten when the new shipment arrives.

John Scalzi | February 8, 2005 02:10 AM


Atlas Shrugged is sci-fi in part due to the secret weapon in the final third; Plot Against America is alternate history, which is SF/F because it is "speculative."

Brian Greenberg | February 8, 2005 12:57 PM

cb writes:
"Don't get cocky!"

To which I respond: "Enough with the modesty crap."

It doesn't matter who blogged about it or how it got there. You wrote it & lots of people are buying it. That's awesome news.

John Scalzi | February 8, 2005 01:31 PM

Yep. It beats the alternative.

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