7th Annual Book Tournament: Complete Lists and Schedule!

By on March 18, 2013


It’s that time of year again! March Madness is upon the college sports world, so here at BSC we are dusting off the chain mail and reweighting our lances for the annual book tournament. Our editorial team has compiled our picks for 2012’s 64 best SFF books, assigned them seeds, and randomized their bracket assignments to come up with our tournament lists.  The BSC tournament is long and fraught. Champions will fall. Unexpected heroes will emerge. But in the end, there can be only one.

This year we are handling voting a little differently. Convenient as the polls were, they were also too easily gamed, and so we are accepting votes in one of two three fashions*: via a comment on the post OR by Facebook “likes” OR via an original tweet that uses the Twitter hashtag provided in the voting round. To vote for a book via FB, click on the Like buttom under that book in the current round’s post. The book with the most total votes moves on to the next round.

Below is the schedule for each round, and then the moment you have all been waiting for: the complete list of champions! You can see what books will be fighting in the first round. In true March Madness style, the bottom of the list plays the top until each bracket has been whittled to one book (e.g., winner of 1 vs. 16 plays winner of 8 vs. 9 and on down the line).

Round 1 – start Thursday 3/21 and Friday 3/22, end Saturday and Sunday

Round 2 – start Monday 3/25 and Tuesday 3/26, end Wednesday and Thursday

Round 3 – start Friday 3/29, end Monday start Monday 4/1, end Wednesday

Round 4 – start Wednesday 4/3, end Saturday start Thursday 4/4, end Sunday

Round 5 – semifinals – start Monday 4/8, end Saturday

Round 6 – finals and consolation – start Monday 4/15 (consolation) and Tuesday 4/16 (finals), end Saturday and Sunday. Tournament winner revealed on Monday 4/22.


  1. 2312 by Kim Stanley-Robinson vs 16. Fated by Benedict Jacka
  2. Shadow Ops: Control Point by Myke Cole vs. 15. Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
  3. Jack Glass by Adam Roberts vs. 14. Doubletake (Cal Leandros, #7) by Rob Thurman
  4. Kings of the Morning by Paul Kearney vs. 13. The Black Opera by Mary Gentle
  5. Charon’s Claw by R.A. Salvatore vs. 12. Rapture by Kameron Hurley
  6. The Coldest War by Ian Tregillis vs. 11. Intruder by C.J. Cherryh
  7. The King’s Blood  by Daniel Abraham vs. 10. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
  8. Princeps by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. vs. 9. Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson


  1. Forge of Darkness  by Steven Erikson vs. 16. The minority council by Kate Griffin
  2. The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks vs. 15. The Tainted City by Courtney Schafer
  3. Orb Sceptre Throne by Ian Cameron Esslemont vs. 14. Wonders of the Invisible World by Patricia McKillip
  4. The Troupe by Robert Jackson Bennett vs. 13. The Iron Wyrm Affair by Lilith Saintcrow
  5. Existence by David Brin vs. 12. The Straits of Galahesh by Bradley P. Beaulieu
  6. The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks vs. 11. Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear
  7. Timeless by Gail Carriger vs. 10. Glamour in Glass (Glamourist Histories, #2) by Mary Robinette Kowal
  8. Whispers Underground (Peter Grant, #3) by Ben Aronovitch vs. 9. The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margot Lanagan


  1. The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin vs. 16. Still Life with Shape-Shifter by Sharon Shinn
  2. Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed vs. 15. Dead of Winter by Lee Collins
  3. Sharps by K.J. Parker vs. 14. The Rook (The Checquy Files, #1) by Daniel O’Malley
  4. The Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams vs. 13. The City’s Son by Tom Pollock
  5. Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey vs. 12. Steel’s Edge by Ilona Andrews
  6. The Hollow City by Dan Wells vs 11. Railsea by China Mieville
  7. The Wood Queen by Karen Mahoney vs. 10. Empty Space: A Haunting by M. John Harrison
  8. 8. Tin Swift (Age of Steam, #2) by Devon Monk vs. 9. And Blue Skies From Pain by Stina Leicht


  1. Red Country by Joe Abercrombie vs. 16. Dragons of Wendal by Maria E. Schneider
  2. King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence vs. 15. Blood and Feathers by Lou Morgan
  3. Dark Eden by Chris Beckett vs. 14. Blood Song by Anthony Ryan
  4. A Perfect Blood (The Hollows, #10) by Kim Harrison vs. 13. The Alchemist of Souls  by Anne Lyle
  5. Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds vs. 12. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  6. Redshirts by John Scalzi vs. 11. In the Mouth of the Whale by Paul McAuley
  7. Fair Game (Alpha & Omega, #3) by Patricia Briggs vs. 10. Bitterblue by Kristen Cashore
  8. Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway vs. 9. A Rising Thunder by David Weber

*The Twitter option was added after this post was put up originally. We reserve the right to withdraw it from consideration if it appears to be misused.

About Elena Nola

Elena Nola runs things here at BookSpotCentral. She is also the imperial movie critic and the colder half of the Ladies of Ice and Fire. On Twitter @MoffElena