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Top Ten Bestsellers 1988-2000

Here, in descending order, are The Other Change of Hobbit's bestselling books since we began tracking sales in 1988:


1) Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash.
Trade paperback reprint 1992 hardcover and trade paperback; second trade paperback edition. Cover art by Bruce Jensen from 1993 paperback, newly recopyrighted.


2) Vinge, Vernor. Fire Upon the Deep.
Paperback reprint 1992 hardcover sf. Winner 1993 Hugo Award, Best Novel.
"Great opening sequence with the unleashing of an Ancient Evil, followed by a page-turning tale following two kids who unknowingly have the key to putting the genie back into the bottle. Really great pack-mind aliens! Highly recommended."--Dave


3) Simmons, Dan. Hyperion.
Paperback reprint 1989 hardcover sf. Cover art by Gary Ruddell. Winner 1990 Hugo Award, Best Novel.
"The first pair (Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion) are a single novel split by the publisher. Quirky, amazing novel with enough invention for six other novelists. Simmons always pushes the envelope -- here he pushes it for space opera. I couldn't finish the second pair (Endymion and Rise of Endymion), but this is wonderful!"--Tom


4) Gibson, William. Neuromancer.
$21.95. Hardcover reprint 1984 paperback sf. Jacket art by Rick Berry. Winner 1984 Nebula Award and 1985 Hugo Award, Best Novel.
$13.95. Trade paperback reprint 1984 paperback. New Afterword by Jack Womack. Cover art by Rick Berry.
$6.99. Paperback reprint 1984 paperback.
"Cyberpunk started here: dark in tone, literate flashy prose, and a still vital look the information age. Although I slightly prefer its direct sequel, Count Zero, but this novel is still the Real Thing. Highly recommended."--Dave
"This is real sense of wonder sf, now slightly dated but still powerful. Recommended."--Tom


5) Robinson, Kim Stanley. Red Mars.
Paperback reprint 1992 British hardcover sf. Cover art by Don Dixon. Winner 1993 Nebula Award, Best Novel.
Recommended by Debbie.


6) Card, Orson Scott. Ender's Game.
$24.95. Hardcover revised reprint 1985 hardcover sf. Jacket art by John Harris. Winner 1985 Nebula Award and 1986 Hugo Award, Best Novel.
$12.95. Trade paperback reprint 1991 hardcover revised reprint 1985 hardcover sf. Uncredited cover art by John Harris.
Paperback reprint 1991 hardcover revised reprint 1985 hardcover sf. Cover art by John Harris.
"A brilliant revisionist take on Starship Troopers, tantalizingly dangling the spectre of moral conscience until the last moment, leading into the even more brilliant contemplation of compassion, Speaker for the Dead. Card may have learned more tricks to provide a better novel in the parallel tale, Ender's Shadow, but this is where it started. Recommended."--Dave
"Speaker for the Dead is better constructed, but Ender's Game has a great deal of power. Recommended."-_Tom
Also recommended by Jennifer.


7) Martin, George R. R. A Game of Thrones.
Paperback reprint 1996 British hardcover epic fantasy. A Song of Ice and Fire 1. Cover art by Stephen Youll.
Recommended by Jan and Jennifer.


8) Kushner, Ellen. Swordspoint.
$4.99. Paperback reprint 1987 British hardcover alternate world fantasy. Cover art by Tom Canty. Currently (Oct 2000) out-of-stock at the publisher.
"If you don't like the opening, you won't like this mannered barely-fantasy novel. I love it."--Tom
Also highly recommended by Jennifer and Dave.


9) Willis, Connie. Doomsday Book.
Paperback reprint 1992 hardcover time-travel sf.
"A gripping novel of plagues and time travel -- good characters, too. Recommended."--Tom
Also recommended by Dave.


10) Le Guin, Ursula K. Tehanu: The Last Book of Earthsea.
Paperback reprint 1990 hardcover fantasy. Earthsea 4. Cover art by John Jude Palencar. Winner 1990 Nebula Award, Best Novel.
"The original three Earthsea novels are on my Must-Own list, a journey of discovery, filled with the magic of finding one's relationships with the external world. Unlike those earlier books, this two-decades-later sequel is not a kid's coming-of-age book, but rather a 'tougher' novel about ageing and women's magic. Recommended."--Dave
Also highly recommended by Tom and Jennifer.



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