Sunday, March 15, 2015

March 2015 Ratings

5- & 4-Star Stories: 5; Estimated Time: 1h:53m (34K words)
Recommended By Stories: 14; Estimated Time: 6h:42m (121K words)
Total Stories: 31; Estimated Time: 14h:35m (263K words)
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Rating: 5 -> Hugo-worthy

Rating: 4 -> Recommended

Cassandra by Ken Liu  Time: 18m (5K words)  IssueClarkesworld 102
Nameless lady villain explains how misguided Superman is for trying to stop her.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 KTB
Coming of the Light by Chen Qiufan  Time: 27m (8K words)  IssueClarkesworld 102
Zhou is an ad man for a Chinese marketing firm, and he has to find a way to get people to buy a new photo technology that has unusual capabilities.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 LTilton SFRevu:4
Lock Up Your Chickens and Daughters—H'ard and Andy are Come to Town by Michael Swanwick And Gregory Frost  Time: 29m (9K words)  IssueAsimov's 04.05|15
Andy and H'ard are magical con men who offer to "help" a drought-ridden, depression-era, southwest town.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 SFRevu:4
No Gain by Aubry Kae Andersen  Time: 15m (5K words)  IssueAnalog 05|15
Maggie, a former champion gymnast, coaches a 16-year-old Uzbek, Sabina, who seems inhumanly focused on winning.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4

Rating: 3 -> Average

Arnheim's World by Therese Arkenberg  Time: 15m (5K words)  IssueAnalog 05|15
In the far future, a rich recluse terraforms an entire world just for himself and his few remaining friends.
Cetacean Dreams by Robert R. Chase  Time: 21m (6K words)  IssueAnalog 05|15
Europa station uses trained dolphins to help explore a mystery in that moon's vast world ocean.
Day Job by Tom Purdom  Time: 29m (9K words)  IssueAsimov's 04.05|15
Len has empathy problems, so after losing yet another job, his girlfriend gets him to go to a clinic where they can fix things like that--most of the time.
Documentary by Vajra Chandrasekera  Time: 05m (2K words)  IssueLightspeed 58
Somebody is making a documentary about Kamaria, who is a were-helicopter.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: LTilton
Hot Rods by Cat Sparks  Time: 25m (8K words)  IssueLightspeed 58
Near future Australia is dying from drought, and Harper's boyfriend has taken a job at a local mysterious American military base.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFEP
How to Walk Through Historic Graveyards in the Post-Digital Age by Fran Wilde  Time: 21m (7K words)  IssueAsimov's 04.05|15
After a grave injury reporting on a future US war, Eleanor's eyes were replaced with advanced prosthetics--but now she seems to be seeing ghosts.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: KTB
Paul and His Son by Joe M. Mcdermott  Time: 19m (6K words)  IssueAsimov's 04.05|15
In a near-future NYC, 14-year-old Paul Jr. keeps running away from home, and Paul Sr. is willing to go to great lengths to stop him.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: LTilton
Schrödinger's Gun by Ray Wood  Time: 24m (7K words) 02/18/15
A "heisen implant" allows Detective O'Harren to explore alternate universes to help solve crimes in 1930s Chicago.
Slider by Bud Sparhawk  Time: 22m (7K words)  IssueAnalog 05|15
Around 2050, a failed minor-league baseball star has high hopes for his son, but when the boy gets an unexpected offer from the Orioles, there are strings attached.
Surfacing by Marissa Lingen  Time: 19m (6K words)  IssueLightspeed 58
Mishy returns from an underwater city where she hid from the war for 20 years--but the war isn't over.
The Children of Gal by Allen M. Steele  Time: 1h:07m (20K words)  IssueAsimov's 04.05|15
Sanjay's mother is exiled from the Eos colony for heresy because she claimed she saw "stars" moving in the night skies.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: GDozois
The Hell of It by Peter Orullian  Time: 50m (15K words) 02/25/15
In a fantasy port town, Malen loses his job and struggles to find a way to earn some money to support himself and his child.
The Marriage of the Sea by Liz Williams  Time: 07m (2K words)  IssueAsimov's 04.05|15
A fantasy story in which the narrator is scheduled to become the "Bride of the Sea."
The Shape of My Name by Nino Cipri  Time: 21m (6K words) 03/04/15
The narrator's uses the family time machine to try to reach some closure with mother who abandoned him in 1963.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: KTB
The Thyme Fiend by Jeffrey Ford  Time: 46m (14K words) 03/11/15
In 1915 Ohio, 14-year-old Emmett's night terrors get worse after he finds a dead body in an abandoned well.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: LTilton
What I Intend by Robert Reed  Time: 26m (8K words)  IssueAsimov's 04.05|15
A wealthy investor decides to pour resources into the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, with unexpected results.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Willing Flesh by Jay O'Connell  Time: 22m (7K words)  IssueAsimov's 04.05|15
In the near future, a morbidly obese young man is attracted by an ad that offers to help you lose weight by taking control of your body during those boring exercises.
Zen Angel by Rajnar Vajra  Time: 1h:09m (21K words)  IssueAnalog 05|15
In 2065, the government gives the apparently-immortal Lenny Silver a dangerous mission of great importance to the human race.

Rating: 2 -> Not Recommended

All Original Brightness by Mike Buckley  Time: 14m (4K words)  IssueClarkesworld 102
Two disabled veterans of a near-future war meet in a virtual-reality world.
Double Exposure by Don Sakers  Time: 03m (900 words)  IssueAnalog 05|15
A government agent asks an intoxicated SF writer for help on a time-travel project. (short-short)
The Gun Between the Veryush and the Cloud Mothers by Anna Tambour  Time: 54m (16K words)  IssueAsimov's 04.05|15
Those Above fire the gun that seeds the clouds which drop produce onto those Below, who gather and bring the harvest up--but the gun may be failing.
The Long Goodnight of Violet Wild by Catherynne M. Valente  Time: 51m (16K words)  IssueClarkesworld 102
Surreal tale about the loves and losses of Violet Wild, a girl from the purple country, who crosses the spectrum accompanied by a unicorn, a sorrow, and a herd of time squirrels.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4 RHorton
The New Mother by Eugene Fischer  Time: 1h:04m (19K words)  IssueAsimov's 04.05|15
Tess is writing an article about a new disease that causes women to give birth to clones of themselves.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: KTB
The Sentry by Frank Smith  Time: 11m (3K words)  IssueAsimov's 04.05|15
Rick has returned to the Titan colony from the Tethys war, but he and his family are having trouble adjusting.

Rating: 1 -> Needs Improvement

Sentience Signified by J. L. Forrest  Time: 25m (8K words)  IssueAnalog 05|15
Bilit is exploring Joon, an earthlike planet 24 light-years from Earth.
Slowly Builds An Empire by Naim Kabir  Time: 21m (7K words)  IssueClarkesworld 102
In a future Tokyo, Shinsuke Takinami is an outcast because he can't use the augments that normal people use to communicate with each other--he has to talk.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [1]  Recommended By: KTB

Rating: Not Rated

2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Since the link above is for full magazines, I'll link here to the online version of "The New Mother," to make things easier for folks. (Also, I'm not sure where 35,000 words number came from. The word count on that novella is 19,336.)

    1. Thanks for the link! The word count for not-yet-reviewed stories is an estimate based on the category (short story, novelette, novella). I might drop the word counts in such cases in my next update.