Jan 19 2012 10:00am 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards Update 01/19

The 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards on Tor.comWe’ve tallied your responses to the 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards as of 5:00 PM EST, Tuesday, January 17 and not much has changed, so this will be a quick post. The top ten voted on Novels are:

  1. The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss (101 votes)
  2. The All-Pro by Scott Sigler (95 votes)
  3. The Seventh Throne by Stephen Zimmer (58 votes)
  4. The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson (56 votes)
  5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (44 votes)
  6. Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi (43 votes)
  7. Embassytown by China Mieville (40 votes)
  8. Among Others by Jo Walton (38 votes)
  9. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin (37 votes)
  10. Dancing With Eternity by J.P. Lowrie (34 votes)

The Short Fiction vote breaks down as follows:

  1. The Shadow War of the Night Dragons, Book One: The Dead City by John Scalzi (appearing on - 104 votes
  2. “All Mimsy” by Kelly Wright - 38 votes
  3. “An Island Sojourn” by Stephen Zimmer (appearing in Dreams of Steam) - 19 votes
  4. Awakening of Evarun, Part 1” by Tom Barczak - 16 votes
  5. “Absinthe Fish” by M. David Blake (appearing in Bull Spec) - 9 votes
  6. “Infinity Blade: Awakening” by Brandon Sanderson - 5 votes
  7. “Blood is Red” by Scott Sigler - 4 votes
  8. “Perfect Shadow” by Brent Weeks - 4 votes
  9. The Dala Horse by Michael Swanwick (appearing on - 4 votes
  10. “The Man Who Bridged The Mist” by Kij Johnson (appearing in Asimov’s) - 4 votes

The Book Cover votes break down as follows:

  1. The Seventh Throne by Stephen Zimmer, cover by Matthew Perry (47 votes)
  2. The All-Pro by Scott Sigler, cover designed by Donna Mugavero (20 votes)
  3. Dragon Fate by J.D. Hallowell, cover credits not listed (20 votes)
  4. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente, cover by Beth White, design by Peter Lutjen (17 votes) - See how the cover to Deathless was created.
  5. The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson, cover by Chris McGrath (15 votes)
  6. Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey, cover by Daniel Dociu (10 votes)
  7. Towers of Midnight ebook edition by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, cover by Raymond Swanland (9 votes)
  8. God’s Eye by A.J. Scudiere, cover by Ruke, design by Greenleaf Book Group LLC and Alex Head (8 votes)
  9. Rule 34 by Charles Stross, cover information unavailable (7 votes)
  10. Green by Jay Lake, cover by Dan Dos Santos (6 votes)

The Comic votes shake out as follows:

  1. Across Thin Ice - 15 votes
  2. Girl Genius - 12 votes
  3. XKCD - 10 votes
  4. The Order of the Stick - 8 votes
  5. Schlock Mercenary - 7 votes
  6. The Unwritten - 5 votes
  7. Animal Man (The New 52) - 4 votes
  8. TURF - 3 votes
  9. Locke & Key: Clockworks - 3 votes

And that’s Monday’s results. We’ll be a couple days behind in vote tallying due to the holiday weekend, but things are looking good in regards to catching up before the end of voting.

Results are also starting to come in regards to double-counted votes, IP sockpuppeting, etc. for the top titles in all lists, so you’ll start to see some number adjustments in that regard as the days go on.

As always, keep an eye on the Readers’ Choice Awards index for updates and don’t vote in this post. You vote here and only here.


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Rancho Unicorno
1. Rancho Unicorno
How did Alloy lose a vote? Yesterday it was in third place, 57-55. Today it is in fourth, 58-56.
Rancho Unicorno
2. Nominated author
Isn't this supposed to be the update including Tuesday's votes? Will a final count on all books voted on appear at the end of the competition to show exactly how many votes each book received? Also, I know from voting or placing a comment like I am now, the mobile version of the site crashes with the picture of stubby literally crashed on screen and the big word "Oops" beside it. As a result if you vote from a mobile device, you have to go to the full site. Now personally, that is fine, but for others, they try again and again and then give up. That effects votes as much as anything else. Are your tech people aware of this issue? A lot of people use their mobile devices more than their laptops to do everything. So this is not an unreasonable question. Finally, who is impartially tallying the confirmed and approved votes? Not a name, but I mean is there a system in check to make sure all books, stories, covers, etc are counted fairly and accurately?

Sorry for the long comment. This is an exciting Readers' Choice competition and as an Author whose own book was in the top twenty, I hope you understand my own concerns. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Mark Rivera
Irene Gallo
3. Irene

Thanks for the heads-up on the mobile issues. I will have our tech guy look into it -- we don't want mobile crashing on any post -- but it's unlikely that we will be able to fix it before voting ends tomorrow.

We are updating as quickly as we can. The holiday weekend and our regular schedule can cause delays. Each vote is hand-counted. We also check IP addresses and double votes (to answer Rancho's question.) This takes a tremendous amount of time.

At the end, we will recount everything from scratch and re-check double votes before realeasing the results. We know from last year that this will take a long while but it will insure greater accuracy.

Like last year, we will issue a number of stats.

It terms of impartial.....It's just us here so you'll have to trust us to some degree. However, one thing we like about this chaotic system of commenting for votes is that it's completely transparent. It also allows people to get recomenedations from readers voting for books similar to their own tastes. They don't need to be "top tens" to be usefull recommendations. It's the reasons we dont cap the number of votes -- we hope that the readers commenting have a broad rage of interests and favorite books rather than a single agenda.
Steven Halter
4. stevenhalter
Irene: "broad rage of interests", lol strangely apt.
Rancho Unicorno
5. lanza
Best short Fiction: Infinity Blade.
Best cover: Towers of Midnight.
Diana Nielsen
6. ltlstinker
There are two books that were my all time favorites this past year. Ghost Story by Jim Butcher, Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson. But since Brandon is finishing Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time epic, that makes it very difficult.

Overall, Jim Butcher's Ghost Story was the best and most entertaining of the last year.
Rancho Unicorno
7. Same nominated author
Thank you so much Irene for writing me back. It makes me feel good to know someone read my concern and addressed it. I do agree that the comment system works well because I have chatted to an author, whose name I won't mention because I told him I would never quote him without asking and I keep my promises. Anyway, the author told me the industry is changing and that is largely because of the internet and the amount of avenues authors now have there week read is greater now. Much like some established musicians have chosen to distribute their work from time to time independently, authors can do the same. Granted, I still prefer to read books the old fashioned way, on paper, were it not for digital publishing options and small press to give people a chance and then find themselves here on is amazing. When a door is closed there are now plenty of windows to climb through and I mean this as it applies to just about any craft, trade, or professional, not just writing.

I do have one quick question to ask, some people who have voted have listed either Final Arbiter or The Final Arbiter and my name Mark Rivera. When I was listed in the top twenty on the January 17th, 2012 update, the person wrote Final Arbiter By Mark Rivera. Personally I have no problem and am honored and excited just to have made the list so far and obviously I hope I will stay in the top twenty if not reach the top ten, but will the people who count votes accept votes labeled as Final Arbiter and The Final Arbiter By Mark Rivera as the same book or will they count them seperately because it would be terrible if I lost votes because whoever voted did or didnot put in a "The" in the title when they nominated it.

Thank you again for your quick response as well as your time and consideration.

Mark Rivera
Chris Lough
9. TorChris
Hi Mark,

Since the votes are hand-counted it would actually be harder to separate "Final Arbiter" and "The Final Arbiter" during the count. They're definitely all counted towards your title.

Also, thanks for catching the date mix-up. Should be fixed now. Votes have been counted up to Tuesday 5 PM.
Rancho Unicorno
10. Fabien Lyraud
Best short fiction :
Ghostweight by Yoon Ha Lee ( Clarksworld)
Hence the king from Kagahena by Michael Anthony Ashley ( Beneath ceseless skies)
Irene Gallo
11. Irene
Hi Guys,

Please note -- you must vote in the original voting thread linked to in the post.
Rancho Unicorno
12. Final Arbiter Guy
Dear Chris and Irene:

Thought you would want to know that the bottom paragraph before the comments still says Monday instead of Tuesday. I don't mean to be nudge or anything, but since the previous reply thanked me for pointing it out and noted it was fixed, I felt guilty not letting you all know that at least on my PC it appears not to have changed.

Thank you again.

Mark Rivera

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