AW is an Amazon Affiliate and an Amazon UK affiliate

If this site is helpful to you,
Please consider a
voluntary subscription to defray ongoing expenses.

paypal subscribe button

How To Support AW

Editing for authors: because every writer needs a good editor.


Welcome to the AbsoluteWrite Water Cooler! Please read The Newbie Guide To Absolute Write

Results 1 to 25 of 29

Thread: Published scifi novel word counts

Threaded View

  1. #1
    I'm plenty of fish in the sea ANinfinity's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010

    Published scifi novel word counts

    Anyone care to post the lengths of scifi novels?

    Normally 50k words+ is considered a novel. And normally something in the range of 70k - 150k (depends) is considered over the first publishing hurdle.

    But can you guys think of any published scifi novels the skirt these "limits"? And what are the word counts of some famous novels regardless of the range above?

    I can list them in this post as you add them.To start it off, I believe

    Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 is roughly 46,000 words long.

    Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five is 49,459 words long.

    Robert Heilen's Starship Troopers is 84,769 words long.

    Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game is 100,609 words long.

    The following thanks to inarticulatebabbler:

    John Scalzi's Old Man's War is 90,566 words; The Ghost Brigades 103,335 words.

    Joe Haldeman's Forever Peace is 104,759 words

    Frank Herbert's Dune 185,723 words

    Kevin J. Anderson's Hidden Empire 171,596 words

    Orson Scott Card's Ender's Shadow 140,238 words

    Ben Bova's Mars 175,598 words

    C.J. Cherryh's Hammerfall 157,557 words

    Paul Di Philippo's Steampunk Trilogy 88,693 words

    Steve Perry's The Musashi Flex 91,922 words

    Larry Niven and Jerry Pournell's The Mote in God's Eye 178,674 words

    Octavia E. Butler The Parable of the Sower 101,065 words

    Philip K. Dick Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep 61,237

    The following posted bye eyeblink:

    Cassandra Clare, City of Bones - 130,949

    Anthony McGowan, Hellbent - 66,824

    Melissa Marr, Wicked Lovely - 73,426

    Stephenie Meyer, Twilight - 118,975

    Simon Morden, The Lost Art - 115,175

    Patrick Ness - The Knife of Never Letting Go - 112,022

    Peadar O Guilin, The Inferior - 98,774

    Meg Rosoff, How I Live Now - 46,920 (it's arguably borderline SF)

    Paolo Bacigalupi, The Windup Girl - 144,616

    China Miéville, The City & The City - 107,940

    Cherie Priest, Boneshaker - 145,503

    Catherynne M. Valente, Palimpsest - 103,670

    Robert Charles Wilson, Julian Comstock - 181,494
    Last edited by ANinfinity; 10-18-2010 at 05:31 PM. Reason: on android didnt catch spelling error

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Custom Search