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February 2016

Preliminary Analysis part 2

Here is some of the Amazon Sales rank data and charts off of it. I would have preferred getting numbers on actual books sold, but I don’t see a way to get that info. So I’m going off of Amazon’s Kindle (eBook) paid sales rankings. As those rankings just give a sort of snapshot in time, I’ve taken a look at them a few times and will likely look a couple of more times to get more data points as the rankings seem rather volatile. I took a quick look at Barnes & Noble’s rankings as well and ended up throwing all of that out as there were many more works that B&N didn’t have available than Amazon. I chose to took at eBooks since I can fairly well say those are still ‘in print’ and wouldn’t have to go searching through multiples of old, out of print copies trying to determine which one would be the best to use, or trying to average out all the multiples. There are a few that aren’t listed (I believe CJ Cherryh has reclaimed the rights to many of her novels and has them for sale on her own site).

In general I would expect recent years to out perform past years. That does appear to be the trend when looking at the Mean and Median Sales Rank of all nominations from about the turn of the century onward, though there are some outliers. The winners generally are still best sellers and outperform the average nominee, though there are quite a few years where a non-winning book, or books, are selling much better than the winner.

Harry Potter is still kicking ass in sales. The two Harry Potter books in the list (Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire) are easily the best selling of all the nominees, and are the only ones in the top 100 of Kindle sales. The recent TV series based off The Man in the High Castle has brought that up to just outside of the top 200. The dramatization of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones is keeping sales of those up as well. I think my biggest surprise is Corey’s Leviathan Wakes being in the top 1000.

The Mean Sales Rank of all nominations (1959-2015):     178,567

The Median Sales Rank of all nominations (1959-2015):    83,408

The Mean Sales rank of all winners (1953-2015):                  50,771

The Median Sales Rank of all Winners (1953-2015):             27,496 Continue reading “Preliminary Analysis part 2”

Preliminary Analysis part 1

The other day there was a discussion over at MadGeniusClub that ended up with a little discussion about the Hugos and the quality and sales of such nominated works. I indicated to Camestrosfelapton that I would look into his claims that recent Hugo Nominations by the Sad Puppies were not up to snuff. As sales data are taking longer than I’d like collect and tabulate, this project (I believe I bit off more than I can comfortably chew) will be released for viewing later.

For the moment I have some preliminary figures regarding the public’s ratings of the nominations. Ultimately I would have preferred to get all of my figures at one moment in time, but as that’s not possible and I don’t expect these numbers to change much, I’ll give you a taste of what I’ve gathered from GoodReads.

The Hugo Best Novel category 1953-2015

Mean Average of all nominations:     3.88

Median Average of all nominations: 3.88

Mean Average of Winners:                   3.96

Median Average of Winners:                3.98 Continue reading “Preliminary Analysis part 1”

A SAP Synopsis

I don’t think there’s anything to add to what Maj. Coet (Retired) said here.

The Spork Speaks: SJW

A good history of SJW terminology

Tempest in a Teardrop: The Churchians

Read anything on the web and sooner or later it will mention the acronym SJW. This stands for Social Justice Warrior. It is misunderstood by far too many people. We need to cover a little leftist history to put this phrase into perspective.

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Officer Down!

Officer Down!  Officer Down!

One of the officers of a local agency, thankfully not mine, was shot tonight by a barricaded subject after a report of a Domestic Dispute and subsequent Shots Fired calls.

Over the years I’ve been involved in a couple of shootings. I don’t like them.

The first was when I was in grade school. One of my neighbors, two houses down from our house, got in a domestic and shot his wife in the face with a shotgun in front of her daughter. He let the daughter and his son (both had kids from prior marriages) go, but holed up inside the house all night taking shots at the officers. The house in between theirs and ours had a couple holes in it.

My first time working one was where a guy fled from a domestic dispute, tried to run over my officer who had laid out spike strips, and then went after another officer (from a different agency) with a machete.

These things don’t happen in Fargo very often. You can probably count on one hand the number of times officers in the area have shot someone or been shot at in a year, and have fingers left over.

Tonight one of the officers on the perimeter that was set up appears to have been shot by the suspect from the domestic. No word yet on his condition. SWAT had been called out, but weren’t set up on the scene yet.

Hopefully the officer pulls through and no one else gets injured.



Officer Moszer isn’t expected to live. The suspect is dead, may the motherfucker rot in hell.

Banned by the Publisher

Of course there’s no bias in publishing…except this one time…and that other time…and, oh yeah, there was that time…


Harper Collins Editors blackballed a writer because they didn’t agree with a conservative ideal he espoused in a contracted manuscript.

Source: Banned by the Publisher




Well hell! This has been bumped Way! up the Kindle list today. It’s the #1 Cyperpunk novel and #5 Technothriller.


Murder In the Queen’s Armes

My review of Aaron Elkins’ Murder In the Queen’s Armes


Anthropology professor Gideon Oliver would prefer to keep his mind on his beautiful new bride Julie during their English honeymoon, but one intrusive question will not stop nagging at him: Who would want to steal a thirty-thousand-year-old parieto-occipital calvarial fragment?

Yet someone has lifted this chunk of prehistoric human skull from a musty museum in Dorchester. Then, thirty miles away, an archaeology student is murdered, increasing tension and suspicion at a dig that had already seethed with suspicion, rivalry, and mistrust. Could there be a connection between a hot bone and a cold-blooded murder? Gideon is called on by the police to apply the unique skills for which the media have named him “the Skeleton Detective,” and he reluctantly agrees. Before he is done, his sleuthing will lead him to another murder and will—in the most literal and terrifying manner imaginable—sic the dogs on him, putting Gideon himself, and Julie as well, in mortal danger . . .

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The Dark Place

My review of Aaron Elkins’ novel The Dark Place


Deep in the primeval rainforest of Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula, the skeletal remains of a murdered man are discovered. And a strange, unsettling tale begins to unfold, for forensic anthropologist Gideon Oliver determines that the murder weapon was a primitive bone spear of a type not seen for the last ten thousand years. And whoever—or whatever—hurled it did so with seemingly superhuman force. Bigfoot “sightings” immediately crop up, but Gideon is not buying them.

But something is continuing to kill people, and Gideon, helped by forest ranger Julie Tendler and FBI special agent John Lau, plunges into the dark heart of an unexplored wilderness to uncover the bizarre, astonishing explanation.

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