Saturday, November 15, 2014

November 2014 Ratings

5- & 4-Star Stories: 3; Estimated Time: 1h:02m (19K words)
Recommended By Stories: 5; Estimated Time: 1h:31m (28K words) -> Due
Total Stories: 22; Estimated Time: 8h:35m (155K words)
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Rating: 5 -> Hugo-worthy


Rating: 4 -> Recommended

Ninety-Five Percent Safe by Caroline M. Yoachim  Time: 18m (6K words)  IssueAsimov's 01|15
Crowded into a huge, underground city, survivors of a nuclear war can opt to take a one-way trip through a wormhole and settle on another planet. But 5% of the pods get destroyed.
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The Unveiling by Christopher Rowe  Time: 15m (5K words)  IssueAsimov's 01|15
A middle-aged foreman whose crew does menial jobs on planet Castellon finds something unusual during a routine job cleaning statues meant to be unveiled the next day.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 SFEP
Usher by Jay Werkheiser  Time: 29m (9K words)  IssueAnalog 01.02|15
Uplifting story in which Dave, a scientist who is losing his sight and hearing to Usher syndrome, attempts to communicate with aliens that neither see nor hear.
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Rating: 3 -> Average

Candy From Strangers by Jay O'Connell  Time: 16m (5K words)  IssueAsimov's 01|15
In a near-future Boston, Morgan looks for people about to commit suicide and makes them his "clients." His help is free, but is it worth what it costs?
Defender of Worms by Richard A. Lovett  Time: 1h:25m (26K words)  IssueAnalog 01.02|15
Brittany, an AI, and her human host, Memphis, flee across the desert from rogue AIs who want to destroy Brittany if she won't join them.
Fool's Errand by Judith Tarr  Time: 22m (7K words)  IssueAnalog 01.02|15
Marina is an underemployed scientist managing cargo on a starship when a stasis capsule fails and she finds herself trying to deal with a horse. Heartwarming.
Orion, Rising by Arlan Andrews, Sr.  Time: 03m (1K words)  IssueAnalog 01.02|15
Short-short. In 2024, a bunch of guys in a bar watch the first moon landing in decades, complaining that it's not different enough from the first landings.
Samsara and Ice by Andy Dudak  Time: 11m (3K words)  IssueAnalog 01.02|15
On a distant planet, every few years, two soldiers awake and try to kill each other. The locals think they're gods, and no one seems to remember what the war was about.
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Songs in the Key of You by Sarah Pinsker  Time: 09m (3K words)  IssueAsimov's 01|15
In the near future, all the cool Highschool kids wear "Kurzwailers" on their wrists, which play music that's customized for them alone. Aisha's family is too poor for her to have one, but she does have a gift for creating music.
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The Great Leap of Shin by Henry Lien  Time: 27m (8K words)  IssueAnalog 01.02|15
In this Chinese fantasy, in the style of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," the eunuch Mu Hai-Chen tries to engineer an earthquake, and the boy Ten Li tries to stop him.

Rating: 2 -> Not Recommended

Butterflies by Peter Wood  Time: 13m (4K words)  IssueAsimov's 01|15
Ruth studies insects in an alternate reality where the giant insects from 50's horror movies are real. But the giant butterfly blocking the driveway is just an annoyance. So far.
Just Browsing by Stephen Lombard  Time: 25m (8K words)  IssueAnalog 01.02|15
A small-town librarian has to host aliens from Epsilon Cygni who for unknown reasons have asked permission to visit his library.
Malnutrition by J.T. Sharrah  Time: 50m (15K words)  IssueAnalog 01.02|15
Kadija is the first Umabari diplomat to meet with human beings. Umabari have a taboo against eating in public, and there are unexpected translation difficulties.
Marduk's Folly by Sean Vivier  Time: 04m (1K words)  IssueAnalog 01.02|15
Marduk's Accord finds a star whose planetary system doesn't match what they expected, but disagreeing with the Accord isn't easy.
Space Bugs by Marianne Dyson  Time: 04m (1K words)  IssueAnalog 01.02|15
Short-short. When Congress shuts down NASA, a couple of former astronauts think of a way to get it back.
The Long Wait by Allen M. Steele  Time: 1h:06m (20K words)  IssueAsimov's 01|15
Dhanista's family has dedicated itself to supporting Earth's first starship, Galactique, from their base on Earth. As she grows up, her life is intertwined with events that happen to the starship.
The Yoni Sutra by Priya Chand  Time: 13m (4K words)  IssueAnalog 01.02|15
In a future India, Shalini juggles the responsibilities of being a new bride and dealing with a new woman at work, one who doesn't have the chip that protects her from men who make advances.
Unmother by Lex Wilson  Time: 16m (5K words)  IssueAnalog 01.02|15
A unit of an intelligent alien parasite in a human brain finds evidence that the host's immune system is on to them.
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Watergirl by Rudy Rucker And Marc Laidlaw  Time: 40m (12K words)  IssueAsimov's 01|15
Del and his friend Zep are near-future surf bums living in Hawaii. Zep finds them work with a wealthy developer using nanotechnology to create programmable waves.
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Why the Titanic Hit the Iceberg by Jerry Oltion  Time: 20m (6K words)  IssueAnalog 01.02|15
Some decades from now, Tony leaves a dying, overheated Earth to take a job on an enormous rotating space habitat, but he's unhappy that it mainly caters to the wealthy.

Rating: 1 -> Needs Improvement

Long Way Gone by David L. Clements  Time: 10m (3K words)  IssueAnalog 01.02|15
A man sends a copy of himself to start civilization on a distant planet, but the copy has trouble adjusting.
Ulenge Prime by Chuck Rothman  Time: 12m (4K words)  IssueAnalog 01.02|15
Fifty years from now, an African dictator faces revolution owing to the cost of his space program.

Rating: Not Rated




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