A recent SF tidbit linked to a USA Today article showing and increase in Fantasy book sales. This should come as no surprise given the recent successes of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.

More interesting to me is the pendulum-like popularity between science fiction and fantasy. Several years ago, it seemed like science fiction was the big thing, now it is fantasy.

I wonder…are the people buying the current trend doing so out of love for the genre or just its popularity? Or is it just that the popular books are more readily available (like in WalMart book aisle).

Being mainly a science fiction reader, I find that when the trend is on the Fantasy side, there seems to be less sf to choose from on the book shelves. Not a problem for online stores where the virtual shelves are infinite, but it sure makes it more difficult to find science fiction title I might enjoy.

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