Sunday, May 15, 2016

May 2016 Ratings

5 & 4 Stories: 10;  Estimated Time: 5h:06m (92K words)
Recommended By Stories: 21;  Estimated Time: 9h:40m (174K words)
Total Stories: 58;  Estimated Time: 22h:01m (396K words)
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Rating: 5 -> Hugo-worthy

(SF) Teodorq and his friend Sammi agree to organize security for a nobleman's archaeological expedition. They expect danger from the local tribes, but not from the artifacts themselves.
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Three Points Masculine by An Owomoyela  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 72
(Military SF) On top of fighting against an anarchist revolution, a soldier copes with what he's sure is a man pretending to be a woman in the Womens Volunteer Corps.
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Unreeled by Mercurio D. Rivera  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 06|16
(SF Horror) EncelaCorp "streams" the consciousness of explorers to distant parts of the galaxy. Jonathan worries that the experience may have changed his wife somehow.
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What We Hold Onto by Jay O'Connell  Time: 1h:14m (Novella)  IssueAsimov's 06|16
(SF) In 2066 a woman struggles over continuing life-support for her comatose mother and over what to do with the things she's leaving behind.
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Rating: 4 -> Recommended

Cloud Dweller by E. Catherine Tobler  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueBCS 199
(Historical Fantasy) Vasily is a tightrope walker for the circus. When he thinks no one is around, he walks in thin air on lines of light only he can see.
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That Which Grows On Trees by C. S. Lane1  Time: 03m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 06|16
(SF Humor) Around 50 to 100 years from now, a group of scientists resorts to counterfeiting money to shore up their inadequate research grants.
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The Sound Of Salt And Sea by Kat Howard  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 10
(Fantasy) Every year, Far Island rises from the sea, and the spirits of the dead return to Near Island, until the bone horses usher them back on the third day. The horses need a living rider, and Rowan is sure she can do it and survive.
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The Stone War by Ted Kosmatka  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 05.06|16
(Fantasy) From prehistoric times, the stone man crouched on a hill. Every now and then a person would find it and try to get it to do something. But to succeed was to die.
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(SF) Filo/Gee, an intelligent giant amoeba, isn't the ideal college roommate, particularly since he experiences the world through touching and tasting, which is hard on books, electronics, and relationships.
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You'll Surely Drown Here If You Stay by Alyssa Wong  Time: 33m (Novelette)  IssueUncanny 10
(Historical Fantasy) In a magical Old West, young Ellis has a love for the desert and an affinity for dead things. Both of these attract unwelcome attention from strangers visiting from back East.
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Rating: 3 -> Average

1957 by Stephen Cox2  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 84
(SF Horror) Daniel is 17, attends a British boys school, and is very happy except in those moments when he remembers a very different life.
Ash by Susan Palwick  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 05.06|16
(Modern Fantasy) When Penny's house burns, she rebuilds a smaller place on the ashes. She only misses a few of the contents, and really wishes for a way to get them back.
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Cottage Country by David K. Yeh  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 84
(Modern Fantasy) Pete buys some land far enough back in the country that he's prepared for wolves or even bears, and he carries silver bullets for a different threat.
Coyote Song by Pat MacEwen  Time: 1h:02m (Novella)  IssueF&SF 05.06|16
(Horror) At a crime scene, Yutu and her boss Nathan both suspect supernatural involvement. Even with her Native American magic and his voodoo, it will be a challenge.
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Deathlight by Mari Ness  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 72
(SF) Stranded in a nebula, Els and Dun struggle to survive as their remaining fuel gradually runs out. But they're not alone in the nebula.
Dune Time by Jack Nicholls  Time: 24m (ShortStory) 04/19/16
(Modern Fantasy) Tariq, a young arab revolutionary, joins his brother Hasan in the desert to hide from the police. They're taking time-lapse photos of the dunes for a documentary. How dangerous could that be?
Jonas And The Fox by Rich Larson  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 116
(SF) Disguised in the body of a dead little boy, Fox needs to escape from the colony before the revolutionary leaders find him. But the boy's brother may be a problem.
Left Behind by Cat Rambo  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 116
(SF) Shi handles elderly clients who are recruited to help steer starships through space. Her job is winding up, and one of her last clients presents a special challenge.
Lifeboat by Rich Larson  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 264
(SF) In three days, the Synthetic Fleet arrives, and all the colonists on Lazy Susan will die. The narrator and his partner sell cryobeds to the highest bidders, but one lady has an unusual offer.
More Heat Than Light by Charlotte Ashley  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 05.06|16
(Historical Fantasy) Louis fights for the Republic of Québec against the British but the French Revolution is causing troubles on both sides of the Atlantic.
Rambunctious by Rick Wilber  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 06|16
(SF) Fourth-grade Emma lives in Florida with her grandparents. Emma doesn't fit in at school, and Grandma doesn't help by saying the family is from outer space and aliens are coming for them soon.
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Rats Dream Of The Future by Paul McAuley  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 06|16
(SF) A science writer describes the events that turned a rat experiment into a space-time disaster in downtown London.
Red As Blood And White As Bone by Theodora Goss  Time: 31m (Novelette) 05/04/16
(Historical Fantasy) In Eastern Europe between the wars, Klara works as a kitchen maid. One night she admits a woman she thinks is a lost fairy-tale princesses into the castle.
Steamboat Gothic by Albert E. Cowdrey  Time: 24m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 05.06|16
(Horror) In modern Louisiana, Sheriff Chew investigates a problem with a Hollywood film crew who have gone from being a noise problem to being silent as the grave.
The Anthropic War by Jay Werkheiser  Time: 06m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 06|16
(SF) Wheeler notices the cosmic background radiation is changing and deduces that aliens are doing it.
The Blood That Pulses In The Veins Of One by JY Yang  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 10
(SF Horror) The narrator lies conscious on an operating table while scientists dissect its body to study its ability to regenerate.
The Drowning Line by Haralambi Markov2  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 10
(Horror) Reinhart wanders in his sleep, drawn by the ghost of a long-dead ancestor determined to drown him.
(Fantasy) The narrator's sister has been kidnapped from the Tulgey wood, and she makes a dangerous journey across Wonderland to try to rescue her and return home alive.
The Long Fall Up by William Ledbetter  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 05.06|16
(Hard SF) A woman in a space ship illegally tries to bring a baby to term in zero-g to prove it can be done, and the space station management sends an enforcer to stop her.
The Nostalgia Calculator by Rich Larson  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 05.06|16
(SF) Noel works at his uncle's company managing a machine that predicts when old fads will come back into style. He peeks at historical trends and finds something disturbing.
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The Nult Factor by J.T. Sharrah  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 06|16
(SF Humor) Quigby's philosophy is to find employment that will let him spend the rest of his days doing nothing as enjoyably as possible. A little philosophy can be a dangerous thing.
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The Pigeon Summer by Brit Mandelo  Time: 16m (ShortStory) 05/11/16
(Ghost Story) A young person mourning the loss of her best friend/lover, going days doing nothing but watching a nest of pigeons and writing letters to a ghost.
The Plague Givers by Kameron Hurley  Time: 36m (Novelette)  IssueUncanny 10
(Fantasy) Thirty years ago, Bet beat the best sorcerer in the world, but at such cost she's been in hiding ever since. Now the plague hunters need her help again, but something seems very wrong.
The Secret Mirror Of Moriyama House by Yukimi Ogawa  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 05.06|16
(Japanese Modern Fantasy) Yui Mogi discovers that old Ms. Moriyama runs a rather unusual business from her home. A business with a very unusual clientele.
The Universal Museum Of Sagacity by Robert Reed  Time: 29m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 116
(SF) In 2040, Colin gets more than he bargained for when he asks the AIs at tech giant PinPoint to track down information about a mysterious great aunt who vanished in 1965.
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They Said The Desert by A.T. Greenblatt  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 199
(Fantasy) To support herself, Jade makes the dangerous desert crossings that enable trade between the towns. Ghosts that haunt the desert seem to be after her this trip, as if the desert knew her secret.
Wednesday's Story by Wole Talabi  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 72
(Fairytale Fantasy) A member of a group of powerful beings who make stories real tells us the truth about Solomon Grundy and why he had to die.
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Whale-Oil by Sylvia Linsteadt  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 198
(Historical Fantasy) In 1880s San Francisco, little Altair sees that the spirits of whales are trapped in the whale-oil lamps, and he determines to free them.
When The Stone Eagle Flies by Bill Johnson  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueAnalog 06|16
(Time Travel) A group of lost time travelers tries to make the fall of Nineveh happen in a way consistent with the future they're trying to get back to.

Rating: 2 -> Not Recommended

Breadcrumbs by Malcolm Devlin  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueInterzone 264
(Slipstream) While fourteen-year-old Ellie's parents are away, her world starts to change into something very strange.
Breathe by Cassandra Khaw  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 116
(Hard SF) Deep under the lightless ocean of an alien planet, you study the only lifeform ever discovered there.
Caribou: Documentary Fragments by Joseph Tomaras  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 05.06|16
(Military SF) Jennifer Balcomb suffers side-effects from the treatment intended to erase her memories of the torture she participated in as a Marine Corporal.
Clearance by Sarah Pinsker  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 06|16
(Modern Fantasy) A mother tries to find something for her teenage daughter at a beach resort where four different worlds seem to intersect.
How High Your Gods Can Count by Tegan Moore1  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 05/02/16
(Modern Fantasy) A troop of monkeys at a Mayan Pyramid interacts with the tourists and broods on their creation myths.
La Beauté Sans Vertu by Genevieve Valentine  Time: 14m (ShortStory) 04/27/16
(Fashion SF) Maria is a super model in a future that doesn't hesitate to modify the bodies of the models for maximum impact.
Last Of The Sharkspeakers by Brian Trent  Time: 34m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 05.06|16
(Hard SF) Tacan leads his pod to capture a load of food from one of the void sharks the Tower people use for transport. They consider Tacan's people little better than animals, so getting caught would be a disaster.
Mars, Aphids, And Your Cheating Heart by James Van Pelt  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 264
(Psionic) A private detective watches a woman meeting a strange man at his house in the middle of the night.
Mika Model by Paolo Bacigalupi  Time: 14m (ShortStory) 04/26/2016
(SF) A police detective tries to cope with an attractive female robot who confesses to murder.
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Project Symmetry by Dominica Phetteplace  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 06|16
(Near-future SF) Teenage Bel enjoys her prestigious career at Blue Cup, but she's alarmed to discover her employer has installed an AI in her head to keep tabs on her.
Starlings by Tyler Keevil  Time: 47m (Novelette)  IssueInterzone 264
(Hard SF) The Phoenix project aims to send a group of enhanced children to another star before Earth becomes uninhabitable. Their mothers have a hard time letting them go.
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The Behemoth Beaches by Maggie Slater  Time: 07m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 84
(Fantasy) A behemoth offers to help a fishing town that's running out of fish. It got off to a good start, but things seem to have gone very wrong.
The Destroyer by Tara Isabella Burton  Time: 16m (ShortStory) 04/20/16
(Scientific Fantasy) In an alternate history where Rome never fell, a woman scientist clones herself and looks for ways to augment her creation.
The Tower Princesses by Gwendolyn Kiste2  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 264
(Slipstream) They live encased in mobile towers. The government requires schools to accept them, but the students and teachers ignore or harass them. Except for Mary.
Ye Highlands And Ye Lowlands by Seanan Mcguire  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 10
(SF) A scientist mourns the failure of scientists to anticipate the consequences of making contact with an alien race.

Rating: 1 -> Needs Improvement

Away From Home by Luo Longxiang  Time: 33m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 116
(Space Opera) Weihan survives the meteor strike that destroys his home, but it changes his life forever.
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Hold The Moment by Marie Vibbert  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 06|16
(Hard SF) Daisy's efforts to build a stasis machine are failing, and she's failing as a mother too.
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Murder On The Cislunar Railroad by Christopher L. Bennett  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueAnalog 06|16
(Hard SF) Zachary investigates cybercrime, and when his partner is murdered, he suspects a group of sophant-rights activists, who seek equal rights for AIs.

Rating: Not Rated

(Historical Fiction) In the 1630s, two brothers move to the New World to escape religious persecution. This story covers 50 years of their lives there.

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