Monday, June 15, 2015

June 2015 Ratings

5- & 4-Star Stories: 9; Estimated Time: 5h:06m (92K words)
Recommended By Stories: 14; Estimated Time: 5h:46m (104K words)
Total Stories: 44; Estimated Time: 12h:34m (226K words)
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Rating: 5 -> Hugo-worthy

The Body Pirate by Van Aaron Hughes  Time: 30m (9K words)  IssueF&SF 07.08|15
Symbiotic intelligences combining a bird-like entity with a humanoid one suffer problems when progress allows each bird to control multiple humanoids.
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Two By Two by Tim Susman  Time: 20m (6K words)  IssueLightspeed 61
The blight destroyed almost all plant life, and Daniel and Vijay are seeking shelter with Daniel's family in Texas who may have a way out.
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Waters of Versailles by Kelly Robson  Time: 1h:02m (19K words) 06/10/15
Sylvain de Guilherand secretly uses a captive water spirit to provide indoor plumbing to Louis XV's Versailles, but the spirit is childish, playful, and getting bored.
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Rating: 4 -> Recommended

Johnny Rev by Rachel Pollack  Time: 1h:20m (24K words)  IssueF&SF 07.08|15
Jack Shade, a supernatural investigator in New York City, is stalked by his own duplicate.
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Madeleine by Amal El-Mohtar  Time: 19m (6K words)  IssueLightspeed 61
Madeline is having an adverse reaction to an experimental drug--she revisits episodes in her past.
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Paradise and Trout by Betsy James  Time: 09m (3K words)  IssueF&SF 07.08|15
The ghost of a ten-year-old boy tries to find his way to paradise.
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The Astrakhan, the Homburg, and the Red Red Coal by Chaz Brenchley  Time: 25m (8K words)  IssueLightspeed 61
A group of Englishmen sharing an evening in a pub near a canal on "Old Mars" meet a stranger who knows their secret and makes them an offer.
The Curse of the Myrmelon by Matthew Hughes  Time: 29m (9K words)  IssueF&SF 07.08|15
A fantasy-world shipping clerk thinks discrepancies in his accounts are the result of a curse, so he hires Cascor, a sort of magic-using private detective.
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The Deepwater Bride by Tamsyn Muir  Time: 28m (8K words)  IssueF&SF 07.08|15
Things from the deep ocean invade a small American town, and a 16-year-old girl who can glimpse the future seeks the cause of it all.
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Rating: 3 -> Average

Maddie's list of things to do before the end of the world tells a sad, sweet story.
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Die, Sophie, Die by Susan Jane Bigelow  Time: 15m (5K words)  IssueLightspeed 61
People keep harassing Sophie online over an article she wrote, but one of the harassers is very different from the others.
Dixon's Road by Richard Chwedyk  Time: 20m (6K words)  IssueF&SF 07.08|15
A stranger from the spaceport visits the house of a famous poet, preserved from the original terraforming of the planet.
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Emergency Repair by Kate M. Galey  Time: 10m (3K words)  IssueLightspeed 61
Narrator desperately takes one of her androids apart in a race with time to save her lover's life.
Forestspirit, Forestspirit by Bogi Takács  Time: 12m (4K words)  IssueClarkesworld 105
In the far future, a military system left-over from a war hides in a forest until a boy asks it for help.
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Helping Hand by Claudine Griggs  Time: 05m (2K words)  IssueLightspeed 61
When Alexandria's propulsion unit fails on a solo space mission, she knows she's going to die if she can't think of something--it's just a matter of time.
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How to Remember to Forget to Remember the Old War by Rose Lemberg  Time: 09m (3K words)  IssueLightspeed 61
Veteran living in a future San Francisco suffers from PTSD despite the memory-wipe treatment given by the military.
In the Dawns Between Hours by Sarah Pinsker  Time: 03m (980 words)  IssueLightspeed 61
Tess decides 1943 is no place for a gay woman, so she builds a time machine. Now she just has to decide when to use it.
Influence Isolated, Make Peace by John Chu  Time: 23m (7K words)  IssueLightspeed 61
Cyborg struggles to prove he can fit into society now that the war is over.
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Into the Fiery Planet by Gregor Hartmann  Time: 15m (5K words)  IssueF&SF 07.08|15
Young man helping terraform a volcanic planet gets a chance to show he can do more than grunt work.
Nothing is Pixels Here by K. M. Szpara  Time: 14m (4K words)  IssueLightspeed 61
Ash enjoys his life in virtual reality, but lately he's got a strong desire to return to the real world--even though he barely remembers it.
Oneness: A Triptych by James Patrick Kelly  Time: 11m (3K words)  IssueF&SF 07.08|15
Three tales of seduction: one SF, one horror, one both.
Proximity by Alex Livingston  Time: 14m (4K words)  IssueApex 73
Tispy and her crew make a living illegally collecting "metadata" from important people they randomly walk by. Then they get a tip about a big party to target.
Rubbing is Racing by Charles Payseur  Time: 04m (1K words)  IssueLightspeed 61
An illegal, near-planetary drag race for rather unexpected stakes.
Somewhere I Have Never Traveled (Third Sound Remix) by E. Catherine Tobler  Time: 15m (5K words)  IssueClarkesworld 105
Technician at a Jovian helium-mining station has recurring dreams that something on the planet is calling to her.
The Tip of the Tongue by Felicia Davin  Time: 20m (6K words)  IssueLightspeed 61
The government has taken away everyone's ability to read, but Alice misses her books and wants to do something about it.
This Quintessence of Dust by Oliver Buckram  Time: 05m (2K words)  IssueF&SF 07.08|15
Having lost her human partner, a robot investigates some deaths.
This Wanderer, in the Dark of the Year by Kris Millering  Time: 12m (4K words)  IssueClarkesworld 105
A war reporter investigates a possible alien landing in Hungary although her previous reporting has made her a lot of enemies there.
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Trickier With Each Translation by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam  Time: 18m (6K words)  IssueLightspeed 61
A woman is trapped in a time loop by a jealous super hero, and her own super power doesn't help her.

Rating: 2 -> Not Recommended

Asymptotic by Andy Dudak  Time: 25m (8K words)  IssueClarkesworld 105
Intergalactic policeman enforces Einstein's speed limit, but suffers the side effects of violating it himself.
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Foreclosure by DJ Cockburn  Time: 14m (4K words)  IssueApex 73
Collection agent in a flooded London performs a particularly nasty kind of foreclosure.
Ginga by Daniel José Older  Time: 26m (8K words) 05/20/15
In modern New York City, Carlos hunts the evil undead--even though he's half-dead himself.
Increasing Police Visibility by Bogi Takács  Time: 03m (960 words)  IssueLightspeed 61
Extraterrestrials are illegal in Hungary, but the ET detectors have some problems.
Inhabiting Your Skin by Mari Ness  Time: 12m (4K words)  IssueApex 73
A couch potato finds his intelligent house is helpful, annoying, and demanding.
Letter From an Artist to a Thousand Future Versions of Her Wife by J. Y. Yang  Time: 04m (1K words)  IssueLightspeed 61
A woman's message to her wife chases her spaceship at the speed of light.
Melioration by E. Saxey  Time: 05m (2K words)  IssueLightspeed 61
Narrator has a wicked friend with a device that makes people forget how to say specific words.
Plant Children by Jessica Yang  Time: 11m (3K words)  IssueLightspeed 61
Qiyan harmonizes her botany thesis with her desire for children--sort of.
The Lamb Chops by Stephen Cox  Time: 05m (2K words)  IssueLightspeed 61
Harry and Aiden have more problems than most couples, and it has nothing to do with them being gay.
The Silicon Curtain: A Seastead Story by Naomi Kritzer  Time: 21m (7K words)  IssueF&SF 07.08|15
Teen-age girl on libertarian-inspired floating city tries to help a boy before her mother takes her to California.
Zapped by Sherwood Smith  Time: 46m (14K words) 05/27/15
Laurel is starting highschool in a new town, and although she's smart enough not to talk about her telekinetic ability, she can't resist using it sometimes.
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Rating: 1 -> Needs Improvement

A Brief History of Whaling with Remarks Upon Ancient Practices by Gabby Reed  Time: 04m (1K words)  IssueLightspeed 61
Learn all about whales in space.
Deep/Dark Space by Gabrielle Friesen  Time: 00m (260 words)  IssueLightspeed 61
In space, no one should hear a dog barking--especially not outside your spaceship.
Mama by Eliza Gauger  Time: 01m (330 words)  IssueLightspeed 61
Mama is vast, belt-born, seven feet long, and she's a legend from Luna Park to Styx Landing.
Trigger by Courtney Alameda  Time: 29m (9K words) 06/03/15
Micheline, a 15-year-old monster-fighter, wants to prove herself by taking down a scissorclaw that has already killed more senior fighters.

Rating: Not Rated

Nothing Goes to Waste by Shannon Peavey  Time: 03m (1K words)  IssueLightspeed 61
A woman thinks she's being abducted by aliens--one piece at a time.

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