The 2016 Goodreads awards are out, and while I felt this was kind of an “off” year for both genres, I noticed that the vote tallies for one category were far greater than for the other.

What has happened to Science Fiction? Looking over the vote tallies for the 2016 nominees makes me cry over the sad state of my favorite genre. Fantasy is in its golden age, but SF seems to be far less popular.

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The Fantasy category winner for 2016, with over 128,000 votes.

The Science Fiction category winner for 2016, with a little over 45,000 votes.

The top Fantasy nominee had over 128,000 votes, versus ~45k for the top SF nominee. The #3 SF nominee wasn’t even an original setting — it was a *Star Wars* novel! The SF category winner, Morning Star by Pierce Brown, was a terrific ending to that exciting trilogy, but I thought it read more like a fantasy series than what I usually think of as science fiction.

 

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The Science Fiction category winner for 2016, with a little over 45,000 votes.

There were some really promising titles on the nominations list this year, including Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter and Sylvain Neuvel’s Sleeping Giants, both of which have had many positive reviews. For some reason the genre just doesn’t seem to be clicking with readers as well as Fantasy, though. Go figure.

2016 GoodReads Awards

 

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