Tuesday, September 15, 2015

September 2015 Ratings

5- & 4-Star Stories: 4; Estimated Time: 1h:45m (32K words)
Recommended By Stories: 9; Estimated Time: 4h:57m (89K words)
Total Stories: 31; Estimated Time: 11h:20m (204K words)
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Rating: 5 -> Hugo-worthy


Rating: 4 -> Recommended

The Adjunct Professor's Guide to Life After Death by Sandra Mcdonald  Time: 23m (7K words)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|15
Ghost of an adjunct professor haunting her department is inundated by victims of a campus shooting.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 KTB
The Hard Woman by Ian Mcdowell  Time: 51m (16K words)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|15
French woman in the 1880s old West can become invulnerable, at some cost, and makes a living as a stage performer--until something goes wrong in Tombstone.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 SFRevu:4
The Ninth Seduction by Sean Mcmullen  Time: 22m (7K words)  IssueLightspeed 64
A goblin craftsman who makes things of beauty for his cruel elvish mistress learns to make her weapons from the mundane world.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 SFRevu:4
The Story of Daro and the Arbolita by Shane Halbach  Time: 07m (2K words)  IssueAnalog 11|15
On planet Tillal, the Arbolita practically worship their margolo trees, and killing one is a crime--even to save a life.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4

Rating: 3 -> Average

All in a Hot and Copper Sky by Megan Arkenberg  Time: 14m (4K words)  IssueLightspeed 64
Thirty years after a catastrophe in a Mars mission simulation, a woman writes letters to her dead lover--the one they call the Angel of death.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFEP
Baby Steps by Lettie Prell  Time: 08m (2K words)  IssueAnalog 11|15
Something goes wrong when a dying woman is uploaded into virtual reality, and Jayden has to figure it out and fix it.
Begone by Daryl Gregory  Time: 24m (7K words)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|15
A man has mysteriously been replaced by a near-duplicate, and he plots how to get his job, home, and family back.
Building, Antenna, Span, and Earth by Ken Brady  Time: 07m (2K words)  IssueAnalog 11|15
A former rock climber makes one last jump, from the top of a kilometer-high tower on a high-gravity world.
Child, Funeral, Thief, Death by Tade Thompson  Time: 13m (4K words)  IssueApex 76
A young Nigerian man learns that he is clairvoyant--which opens up lots of temptation.
Cremulator by Robert Reed  Time: 19m (6K words)  IssueClarkesworld 108
Mysterious blue flashes followed by falling grit signal that something very strange is happening.
English Wildlife by Alan Smale  Time: 51m (15K words)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|15
A man and his girlfriend visit England, and he worries about her intense interest in old stone carvings of snarling heads called "green men," because of the leaves carved around them.
Evangelist by Adam-Troy Castro  Time: 18m (5K words)  IssueAnalog 11|15
A man hits bottom and visits a soup kitchen run by aliens pitching their own religion.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Exit Interview by Timons Esaias  Time: 14m (4K words)  IssueAnalog 11|15
A prisoner, confined for life on an inhospitable alien world, gets a sign that something is finally going to change.
God Mode by Daniel H. Wilson  Time: 10m (3K words)  IssueLightspeed 64
A young man studying to be a video-game designer falls in love with a classmate after she falls and hits her head--the same day all the stars went out.
Loving Grace by Erica L. Satifka  Time: 12m (4K words)  IssueClarkesworld 108
In a near future where all work is automated, a man's wife is drafted to be "employed" by the system, and he struggles to find meaning in life without her.
Camellia is a non-magical teenager stuck looking after primary-school-aged witch kids.
The Citadel of Weeping Pearls by Aliette De Bodard  Time: 1h:48m (32K words)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|15
The Empress of the Dai Viet Interstellar Empire assigned a team to track down her rebellious daughter, who disappeared thirty years ago. Now the scientist leading the investigation as also disappeared.
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The Occidental Bride by Benjanun Sriduangkaew  Time: 22m (7K words)  IssueClarkesworld 108
A women in a future Hong Kong that has survived some sort of global disaster is forced to take one of the architects of the catastrophe as her bride--for the purpose of catching others who were involved.
Walking to Boston by Rick Wilber  Time: 44m (13K words)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|15
A man takes his Alzheimer's-afflicted wife to Boston to fulfill a promise he made when they were young.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: LTilton SFRevu:4 SFEP
Werewolf Loves Mermaid by Heather Lindsley  Time: 08m (3K words)  IssueLightspeed 64
Humorous slipstream tale about a romance between a werewolf and a mermaid in the real world.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: KTB

Rating: 2 -> Not Recommended

Hollywood After 10 by Timons Esaias  Time: 10m (3K words)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|15
Time travelers visit a dinner party in McCarthy-era Hollywood where something important almost happened.
My Time on Earth by Ian Creasey  Time: 13m (4K words)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|15
Amy just got back from a trip to Earth with her parents, and she excitedly tells her friends all about the ghost she met in England.
The Algebra of Events by Elizabeth Bourne  Time: 07m (2K words)  IssueClarkesworld 108
A ship of very alien aliens crash lands on Earth and has difficulty with the natives.
The Dogs of Athens by Kendare Blake  Time: 12m (4K words)  IssueTor.com 09/09/15
The goddess Artemis and her hounds make trouble in modern Athens.
With Folded RAM by Brooks Peck  Time: 06m (2K words)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|15
A team infiltrates a space station just as two researchers are about to create the ultimate AI.
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Rating: 1 -> Needs Improvement

Frozen Planet by Marian Womack  Time: 09m (3K words)  IssueApex 76
Expedition to another planet is trapped in a snow storm and a crewman starts seeing hallucinations.
Preserve Her Memory by Bao Shu  Time: 12m (4K words)  IssueClarkesworld 108
A famous actress in a future megalopolis appears to commit suicide, and the police investigate, looking for clues in the memories of her last few dozen seconds.
Season of the Ants in a Timeless Land by Frank Wu  Time: 44m (13K words)  IssueAnalog 11|15
Scientists in Australia investigate a plague of very peculiar ants.
Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World by Caroline M. Yoachim  Time: 20m (6K words)  IssueLightspeed 64
Young scientist trying to develop time travel encounters an alien intelligence that lives outside of time.
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Rating: Not Rated

Adult Children of Alien Beings by Dennis Danvers  Time: 30m (9K words)  IssueTor.com 08/19/15
An old man suspects his parents were space aliens, and he embarks on a quest to learn the truth.
Find Me by Isabel Yap  Time: 15m (5K words)  IssueApex 76
A Philippine-American girl in California is unsettled by the reappearance of a long-lost "friend."

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