Friday, January 06, 2012

BEYOND 33000 - The 2011 Fiction Season Overview

After 123 odd one-dayers, 55 tests and over 1200 odd Twenty-20 one-offs here and there, this is combined from

Not Free SF Reader and Free SF Reader. These are now taken from http://freesf.strandedinoz.com/wordpress as blogger is just too painful to deal with. Hence, these are the actual numbers compiled programatically barring the odd human error.

Lying around unread now includes a lot of old magazines (FSF, Aurealis, Analog), Year's Best Fantasy and Horror and other assorted horror anthologies, and a bunch of superhero novels, particularly of the Marvel sort.

Plus the usual assortment of SF and fantasy novels old and newish. Plus a bunch of new indy authors books, now. So there will be a few more thrillers. Barry Eisler will be the next oeuvre tackled, as have only 1 James Rollins left. It will also be the end of David Gemmell, when I actually realised I only had one book left, Ravenheart.

Note have added a few poems and songs very occasionally as a bit of a change a few times, when I came across them online. Probably be some more of those this year, too, infrequently. Of course given publishers performing about as well as the Australian Cricket Team, there are a lot fewer books available to buy these days, and certainly not going to waste shelf space on run of the mill novels and anthologies in dead tree format that I'll never look at again, so no point buying them. Even worse of course is how massive trade paperbacks and hardbacks are with how padded and oversized they are compared to in the past. Shelf space much better employed when taking up that much space with actual artwork, Judge Dredd, Savage Sword of Conan, or Planetary etc.. Comic purveyors in the main are not dumb enough to restrict access by location, although it happens occasionally, and they have now become smart enough to sell on the web. Therefore, lots more money went to comics and far less to books. Also, comic publishers sell to Australians AT THE SAME PRICE, digitally.

They are also greatly expanding their ranges. Unlike Hachette, Macmillan, HarperCollins and other pommie gits

and their recent massive price rises. $30.00 ebook novels even. Insane, as way more than the hardback. Doing that they absolutely deserve to have people buy from the US publishers instead via changing their address.

Certainly will drive downloading for free and more money to Amazon's Book Depository. In general, as we thought, price fixing means prices have gone up: see Hachette is Australian for ripoff at teleread for example. Or, they

lied as we suspected. Basically, English associated publishers rip us off, Americans do not.

I'd say 2012 more likely to be like 2011. Far fewer books bought, so fewer read than usual, although possibly more than last year, and more comics and Ologies - the latter I didn't get to as much as I would have liked.

In all but the first, the numbers are the average out of 5 and the total count.

TOTAL ENTRIES

33794

OVERALL AVERAGE

3.40

1

0.002

71

1.5

0.006

194

2

0.021

700

2.5

0.077

2606

3

0.294

9944

3.5

0.350

11844

4

0.186

6288

4.5

0.042

1434

5

0.021

713

BREAKDOWN BY TYPE

t anthology

3.70

678

t collection

3.66

777

t excerpt

3.47

2027

t magazine

3.32

671

t non fiction

4.09

1747

t novel

3.25

3399

t omnibus

3.83

73

t poem

3.59

182

t serial

3.60

1849

t short story

3.32

22391

BREAKDOWN BY GENRE

scary horror superhero

3.44

322

scary horror

3.37

4101

science fiction superhero

3.43

925

science fiction

3.39

15955

shootist superhero

3.58

31

shootist

3.41

81

sleuth superhero

3.75

297

sleuth

3.41

1033

soldier superhero

2.96

50

soldier

3.31

125

sorcery fantasy superhero

3.64

933

sorcery fantasy

3.23

1809

speculative

2.82

957

sport

3.40

84

spy superhero

3.45

132

spy

3.34

160

study

4.09

1746

superhero

3.41

1114

supernatural fantasy superhero

3.41

481

supernatural fantasy

3.21

3048

swords superhero

3.58

36

swords

3.30

374

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