Wednesday, July 15, 2015

July 2015 Ratings

5- & 4-Star Stories: 4; Estimated Time: 3h:46m (68K words)
Recommended By Stories: 14; Estimated Time: 5h:50m (105K words)
Total Stories: 25; Estimated Time: 13h:14m (238K words)
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Rating: 5 -> Hugo-worthy

Saltwater Railroad by Andrea Hairston  Time: 52m (16K words)  IssueLightspeed 62
In 1835, a mysterious young woman washes ashore on an island off the Georgia/Florida coast where a group of runaway slaves have built a community.
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Two-Year Man by Kelly Robson  Time: 20m (6K words)  IssueAsimov's 08|15
Mikkel isn't very bright, but he cleverly supplements his janitorial job by scavenging useful items his superiors discard and bringing them home to his wife--then one day he brings home a mutant baby.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [5]  Recommended By: RSR:5 LTilton NClarke

Rating: 4 -> Recommended

No Placeholder for You, My Love by Nick Wolven  Time: 30m (9K words)  IssueAsimov's 08|15
Claire meets a handsome older man at a dinner party held in a virtual reality where something has gone subtly wrong.
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Rating: 3 -> Average

All Who Tremble by A.A. Balaskovits  Time: 13m (4K words)  IssueApex 74
The neighbors in their Russian village fear and loathe the strange family in their whirring house, but the daughter dreams of a better life.
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Endless Forms Most Beautiful by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro  Time: 23m (7K words)  IssueAnalog 09|15
An art connoisseur who specializes in dynamic "evolutionary art" gets involved with the finest collection there is.
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Further North by Kay Chronister  Time: 14m (4K words)  IssueClarkesworld 106
Two Turkish sisters struggle to survive in an Alaska ravaged by giant mutant worms.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: KTB
Going Endo by Rich Larson  Time: 10m (3K words)  IssueApex 74
A sensitive technician works with heavily-bioengineered people (tough exos and the brainy endos inside them) who hunt for pirates in the Oort cloud.
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Live From the Air Chair by Maggie Clark  Time: 26m (8K words)  IssueAnalog 09|15
A post-apocalypse DJ in Earth orbit has to help his ex-girlfriend find an important bit of space junk.
The Crashing of the Cloud by Norman Spinrad  Time: 21m (7K words)  IssueAnalog 09|15
A master hacker on the lam from the US government signs up to help Islamic terrorists.
The Deepest Rift by Ruthanna Emrys  Time: 25m (8K words) 06/24/15
On planet Duranga, a novice research team struggles to prove that the communication system of the "mantas" they study amounts to an actual language.
The First Step by Kristine Kathryn Rusch  Time: 11m (4K words)  IssueAsimov's 08|15
An aging scientist wants to be the first to use the time machine he's invented.
When Your Child Strays From God by Sam J. Miller  Time: 19m (6K words)  IssueClarkesworld 106
Fundamentalist mom takes networking drug so she can track down her missing teenage boy.
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Wild Honey by Paul Mcauley  Time: 20m (6K words)  IssueAsimov's 08|15
In post-Collapse America, Mel operates a hive of augmented bees and trading honey and medicines with locals--until a crew of bandits arrives.
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Rating: 2 -> Not Recommended

A Thousand Nights Till Morning by Will Mcintosh  Time: 1h:36m (29K words)  IssueAsimov's 08|15
Aliens conquer the Earth, but a psychiatrist from our Mars colony manages to make things worse.
Android Whores Can't Cry by Natalia Theodoridou  Time: 18m (6K words)  IssueClarkesworld 106
A woman reporter in a dictatorship investigates an old third-world massacre with help from a female android designed for other purposes.
At the End of Babel by Michael Livingston  Time: 25m (8K words) 07/01/15
In a future authoritarian America that doesn't tolerate cultural or linguistic diversity, Tabitha Hoarse Raven returns to the pueblo of Acona to finish the sacred dance her father died trying to complete.
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Islands off the Coast of Capitola, 1978 by David Herter  Time: 44m (13K words) 07/08/15
You are a lonely ten-year-old boy living in an old house with your mom when a man claiming to be your uncle arrives and strange things start to happen.
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Racing to Mars by Martin L. Shoemaker  Time: 1h:10m (21K words)  IssueAnalog 09|15
A violent lady doctor, an abusive captain, and the ship's owner's spoiled 20-year-old son on a trip to Mars--what could go wrong?
Snakes by Yoon Ha Lee  Time: 13m (4K words)  IssueClarkesworld 106
A soldier-made-warship carries her sister-soldier's corpse seeking a way to revive her.
Violation of the TrueNet Security Act by Taiyo Fujii  Time: 30m (9K words)  IssueLightspeed 62
A washed-up programmer in near-future Japan explores old code that she wrote back before the Internet was replaced by TrueNet.
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Rating: 1 -> Needs Improvement

The Hunger Tower by Pan Haitian  Time: 27m (8K words)  IssueClarkesworld 106
An aircraft crashes in the desert on an unpopulated planet, and the passengers struggle to survive.
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Rating: Not Rated

Caisson by Karl Bunker  Time: 25m (8K words)  IssueAsimov's 08|15
A young man helping build the Brooklyn Bridge in 1871 copes with a friend who's too interested in the fossils they find on the riverbed.
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Crazy Rhythm by Carrie Vaughn  Time: 24m (7K words)  IssueLightspeed 62
In 1925, a young woman assistant works on the set of a silent movie about World War I.
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Never Chose This Way by Shira Lipkin  Time: 05m (2K words)  IssueApex 74
An institutionalized teen-age girl thinks she and her friends are monsters and aliens.

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