Tuesday, December 15, 2015

December 2015 Ratings

5- & 4-Star Stories: 6;  Estimated Time: 3h:05m (56K words)
Recommended By Total Stories: 10;  Estimated Time: 7h:19m (132K words)
Total Stories: 31;  Estimated Time: 13h:44m (247K words)
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Rating: 5 -> Hugo-worthy

Conscience by Robert R. Chase  Time: 18m (5K words)  IssueAsimov's 01|16
(Military SF) Constanza flies a stealthed warplane for the US in a near-future war, and she's picked for a series of special missions carrying a single, silent, soldier up to the front and back.
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Rating: 4 -> Recommended

Ex Libris Noctis by Jay Lake  Time: 19m (6K words)  IssueLightspeed 67
(Urban Fantasy) Beatrice is dying, her brass heart failing, her captor leering at her. To survive and escape, she needs to remember how she got here.
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The Persistence of Memory by Rachel L. Bowden  Time: 07m (2K words)  IssueAnalog 01.02|16
(Hard SF) Ten-year-old Lee and his best friend Ben discover a dead animal near their school playground--an animal that shouldn't exist at all. Chilling.
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We Will Wake Among the Gods, Among the Stars by Caroline M. Yoachim & Tina Connolly  Time: 43m (13K words)  IssueAnalog 01.02|16
(SF) Nanne accompanies a jungle expedition that seeks gold, but she secretly looks for a lost city with high technology.
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White Dust by Nathan Hillstrom  Time: 18m (6K words)  IssueAsimov's 01|16
(SF) The transmitter sends copies of people to remote locations, but the copies don't want to do their jobs, and Margery is in trouble if she can't figure out why.
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Wyatt Earp 2.0 by Wil Mccarthy  Time: 1h:17m (23K words)  IssueAnalog 01.02|16
(SF) A violent Martian mining town reconstructs Wyatt Earp to try to restore order.
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Rating: 3 -> Average

Atheism and Flight by Dominica Phetteplace  Time: 24m (7K words)  IssueAsimov's 01|16
(SF) A young man who just lost his arm in an accident struggles to adjust to his loss. And something funny is happening to the stump.
Chasing Ivory by Ted Kosmatka  Time: 08m (2K words)  IssueAsimov's 01|16
(Hard SF) Adia pursues a herd of resurrected mammoths in Alaska. She seems to admire them greatly, so why is she bringing a gun?
Einstein's Shadow by Allen M. Steele  Time: 1h:04m (19K words)  IssueAsimov's 01|16
(Alternate History) A private detective takes a job guarding Albert Einstein as he flees the Nazis on an ocean-liner-sized airplane.
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Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds  Time: 2h:19m (42K words)  IssueSlow Bullets 
Scur, a soldier in an interstellar war, wakes up from hibernation on a prison ship. The ship is failing, they don't know where they are, and the prisoners are trying to kill each other.
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Tea Time by Rachel Swirsky  Time: 15m (5K words)  IssueLightspeed 67
(Fantasy) The Mad Hatter and the March Hare continue their tea party where time has stopped. But does even timelessness have an end?
The Baby Eaters by Eaters By Ian Mchugh  Time: 14m (4K words)  IssueAsimov's 01|16
(SF) The narrator visits an alien world to negotiate a trade deal with a race of alien predators who have a bad reputation.
The Log Goblin by Brian Staveley  Time: 04m (1K words)  IssueTor.com 12/09/15
(Urban Fantasy) A moving story about a man who lives alone in the woods discovers a goblin has been stealing his firewood. But why?
The Phantom in the Maze by Michael Swanwick  Time: 19m (6K words)  IssueTor.com 12/02/15
(Fantasy) Murder mystery involving a team of precognitives critical to the war effort. Entertaining.
The Singing Bowl by Genevieve Williams  Time: 09m (3K words)  IssueAsimov's 01|16
(SF) In hopes of learning more about the mysterious gis, an ethnomusicologist comes to their homeworld to hear them sing.
Theories of Mind by Conor Powers-Smith  Time: 25m (8K words)  IssueAnalog 01.02|16
(Hard SF) Fresh from Earth, Peter finds himself assigned to an unpromising part of the colony planet, and he finds the natives even harder to talk with than he'd expected.
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Union by Tamsyn Muir  Time: 18m (6K words)  IssueClarkesworld 111
(Horror) Frankton, NZ gets a shipment of twenty "lichen splice" wives--free, courtesy of the government. But these aren't like the last batch of wives.
Yuanyuan’s Bubbles by Liu Cixin  Time: 24m (7K words)  IssueClarkesworld 111
(Hard SF) Yuanyuan has been fascinated with bubbles ever since she was a baby, but her hometown is dying from drought and needs water, not bubbles.
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Rating: 2 -> Not Recommended

An Industrial Growth by David L. Clements  Time: 41m (13K words)  IssueAnalog 01.02|16
(SF) Mary was an expert in dealing with "nanoblooms," which destroyed North America in the 21st Century. She's called back to investigate a nanobloom with odd behavior.
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Farmer by Joe M. Mcdermott  Time: 20m (6K words)  IssueAnalog 01.02|16
(Hard SF) Eric and his husband scrape by as urban farmers is a near-future, depressed New York City, until a customer claims her mother got a disease from their produce.
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Nature's Eldest Law by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro  Time: 21m (6K words)  IssueAnalog 01.02|16
(SF) Twenty-three light-years from Earth, an expedition finds local plants that seem to affect human cognition. Mostly for the better, but one crew member is suspicious.
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Rocket Surgery by Effie Seiberg  Time: 10m (3K words)  IssueAnalog 01.02|16
(SF) The narrator recounts from prison what really went wrong with her team that attempted to build an AI bomb for the military.
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The Heat of Passion by Grey Rollins  Time: 28m (8K words)  IssueAnalog 01.02|16
(SF) Ian witnesses a murder, thanks to his unnaturally good night vision, but dares not go to the police because in the late 21st Century, people like him are hunted.
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The Shores of Being by Dave Creek  Time: 27m (8K words)  IssueAnalog 01.02|16
(SF) Mike shows an alien how humanity beat the ant-like Jenregar, but a visit to an abandoned mound outside Chicago infuriates the locals, who treat the place as a shrine to their dead.
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Tomorrow When We See the Sun by A. Merc Rustad  Time: 22m (7K words)  IssueLightspeed 67
(Space opera) Mere, an executioner android of the Principality, becomes curious about its barely-remembered past, putting itself in danger.
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When We Die on Mars by Cassandra Khaw  Time: 10m (3K words)  IssueClarkesworld 111
(Hard SF) A team of astronauts trains for a one-way mission to set up a Mars colony.
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Woundings by George Zebrowski  Time: 10m (3K words)  IssueAnalog 01.02|16
(SF) The narrator finds an illegal coal power plant in Africa and lands with his team to order them to turn it off.
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Rating: 1 -> Needs Improvement

Beneath the Silent Stars by Aidan Doyle  Time: 13m (4K words)  IssueLightspeed 67
(Soft SF) Jean-Paul has to find out why the Mariposa X destroyed the hyperspace gate that linked humanity with galactic civilization.
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Morrigan in Shadow by Seth Dickenson  Time: 48m (14K words)  IssueClarkesworld 111
(Military SF) This tells of how Noemi Laporte got involved with NAGARI, her relationship with Lorna Simms, and the black hole that ate 100,000,000 people.
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Oral Argument by Kim Stanley Robinson  Time: 07m (2K words)  IssueTor.com 12/07/15
(SF) A transcript of testimony before the U.S. Supreme Court gradually reveals what really happened with a human photosynthesis technology.
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Saving the World by James Gunn  Time: 07m (2K words)  IssueAnalog 01.02|16
(SF) The narrator, a brain researcher, explores a theory that science fiction texts can be used to cause test subjects to think more rationally.
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Rating: Not Rated

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