Wednesday, June 15, 2016

June 2016 Ratings

5 & 4 Stories: 10;  Estimated Time: 4h:52m (88K words)
Recommended By Stories: 17;  Estimated Time: 8h:15m (149K words)
Total Stories: 61;  Estimated Time: 21h:15m (383K words)
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Rating: 5 -> Hugo-worthy

(SF) Dr. Kostia spent thirty years interpreting broadcasts from the Coronals for other people on Earth. The last broadcasts have caused a lot of disruption, even in her own family.
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Lost: Mind by Will McIntosh  Time: 31m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 07|16
(SF) Before Mimi dies from Alzheimer's, Walter gets her an illegal consciousness transfer done in India. Then all he has to do is sneak the copy back into the US.
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Ten Poems for the Mossums, One for the Man by Suzanne Palmer  Time: 24m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 07|16
(Hard SF) Davin is spending a year alone on Ekye to observe the local wildlife and, he hopes, to recover his lost creativity.
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Rating: 4 -> Recommended

Breathe Deep, Breathe Free by Jennifer Marie Brissett  Time: 02m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(SF) Gas leaking from a deep well is slowly asphyxiating everyone in a community, and two boys discuss what they can do about it.
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Fifty Shades Of Grays by Steven Barnes  Time: 37m (Novelette)  IssueLightspeed 73
(SF) The end of the world starts when an ambitious marketing guy gets a cryptic assignment to create an ad campaign to "make ugly sexy."
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(Modern Fantasy) Sergio is called to remove an offensive mural, but when he touches it, it makes him "remember" things from other people's lives.
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(Modern Fantasy) Stan's dad told the most outrageous stories, and claimed their family were weird because they were really aliens. In retirement, Stan believes it might even be true.
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(Paranormal) Anita used to study ghosts, but now she is one, and she's finding it frustrating to always seem to be arguing with her husband.
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The Metal Demimonde by Nick Wolven  Time: 51m (Novelette)  IssueAnalog 07.08|16
(SF) A century from now, Tipper works at an automated carnival, in a world with few jobs for humans. She falls in with Luke, a boy trying to make an illegal manual car work.
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The Snow Of Jinyang by Zhang Ran  Time: 1h:11m (Novella)  IssueClarkesworld 117
(Time Travel) In 979 AD, the city of Jinyang stands on the brink of destruction, but someone seems to be trying to help it with technologies from the future.
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Rating: 3 -> Average

A Dead Djinn In Cairo by P. Djeli Clark  Time: 41m (Novelette) 05/18/16
(Historical Fantasy) In 1912 Cairo, the police investigate the apparent murder of an immortal Djinn.
A Good Home by Karin Lowachee  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(SF) A disabled human veteran takes in a disabled AI veteran. The AI doesn't talk anymore due to trauma, but Tawn tries to get through to it, even though his mother thinks it's dangerous.
A Handful Of Dal by Naru Dames Sundar2  Time: 04m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(SF Epic) When Raj leaves Earth on the generation ship, Yatra, someone gives him a recipe to remind him and his descendants where they came from.
An Offertory To Our Drowned Gods by Teresa Naval1  Time: 04m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(Apocalyptic SF) The water keeps rising, and Johnnyboy and her father flee to higher ground.
Binaries by S.B. Divya  Time: 03m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(SF) The narrator describes his life in exponential steps.
Blood Reckonings by Alec Austin  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 201
(High Fantasy) Beatriz seeks a priceless relic hidden in a tomb. Two popes contend for it, but she has her own plans.
Chocolate Milkshake Number 314 by Caroline M. Yoachim  Time: 02m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(SF) With nothing to do but wait until the black hole eats their ship in 628 days, Carlos decides to program the replicator to create a chocolate milkshake.
Cuckoo Girls by Douglas F. Warrick  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 85
(Horror) Nikki and Samantha are on the run from luminous monsters that are trying to kill them--and anyone they care about who's near them.
Death Of A Starship Poet by James Van Pelt  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 07.08|16
(SF Mystery) Six months out from Zeta Reticuli, someone murders a poet. Jayla isn't a detective, but someone needs to solve the murder or no one will feel safe.
Depot 256 by Lisa Allen-Agostini  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(Near-future SF) A young orphan girl and her friend dream of escaping from a future Trinidad, ruined by climate change, where food and water are scarce.
Fallacious by Sean Vivier  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 07.08|16
(SF Humor) Neurologist professor Tim Morrow is obsessed with logic. He's sure there's a way to modify the brain to remove the tendency to logical error.
Filtered by Leah Cypess  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 07|16
(Near-Future SF) Steve has written a very important article, but his boss won't agree to run it because the web content filters won't let it through.
Firebird by Isha Karki1  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueLightspeed 73
(Military SF) As a rare immigrant trainee, Percy needs to prove herself to her instructors at the Academy. What they have in mind for her is challenging indeed.
Folk Hero by Mary Pletsch  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 85
(Military SF) Corporal Beckett wants to avenge his father, who was killed by a legendary sniper. The rebels against Terra sing songs about the sniper, and they may hold the clue to finding him.
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Lullaby For A Lost World by Aliette de Bodard  Time: 08m (ShortStory) 06/08/16
(Horror) Charlotte's sacrifice kept the forces of chaos at bay, but only for a while, and in her grave, she grows resentful.
Mandalas On The 405 by Elisabeth R. Adams  Time: 04m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 07.08|16
(Near-future SF) New models of self-driving cars in Los Angeles have started making patterns on the roadways, and the engineers need to figure out why.
Masked by Rich Larson  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 07|16
(SF) Teenage Bess and Aline go to comfort their friend Vera after a computer virus disabled her online "Face."
No Strangers Any More by Ian Creasey  Time: 30m (Novelette)  IssueAnalog 07.08|16
(Near-future SF) Britain's princess Rose decides to champion a public relations campaign on behalf of visiting aliens who want to purchase the moon.
Nothing But The Sky by Gwendolyn Clare  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueBCS 201
(Steampunk) Ensign Dorial hoped for a chance to prove himself, but an assignment to track down the Emperor's wayward niece wasn't what he had in mind.
Salto Mortal by Nick T. Chan  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueLightspeed 73
(Near-Future SF) In El Paso, Mary flees her abusive husband and runs into one of the space aliens who have destroyed Mexico.
Shadow's Weave by Yoon Ha Lee  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 200
(Fantasy) Tamalat has come to a priest to find out how to restore her friend Brio's shadow, in the hopes it will restore him to what he once was.
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The Battle Of Ceres by Karl Bunker  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 07.08|16
(SF) Katrina and Jeff operate an asteroid mining station for the S.P.C. It's not bad work except that the mining companies are at war, using gravel as missiles.
The Beef by J.D. Moyer1  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 05/23/16
(SF) By 2076, no one wants to eat real meat anymore, so a conscientious rancher looks to find something meaningful to do with her last 900 head of cattle.
(Historical Fantasy) Perpetua must pretend to be a man in order to carry on her father's glass business. She makes a great success from glass eyes, even before she realizes how special they are.
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The Peacemaker by T.S. Bazelli  Time: 04m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(Apocalyptic SF) Despite the war, the peacekeeping robots keep trying to do their jobs. The people responsible--not so much.
The Red Thread by Sofia Samatar  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(Post Apocalypse) An Arab-American girl and her mother wander the Dakotas while the girl tries to get in touch with a boy she once knew.
The Savior Virus by Jack Skillingstead  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 07|16
(SF) John Crawford lost his wife in a terrorist attack. He blames God, and envisions a biological weapon to stop people from believing in him.
The Weight Of The Dead by Brian Hodge  Time: 50m (Novelette) 06/01/16
(Post Apocalypse) Melody's father pays the price for murder--exile with the corpse of his victim chained to his back. Despite the risks, she's willing to do anything to help him.
Things With Beards by Sam J. Miller  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 117
(Horror) Following a disaster in Antarctica, MacReady spends summer 1983 in New York and starts to wonder what he might have brought back with him.
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Those Who Watch by Ruthanna Emrys  Time: 23m (ShortStory) 05/24/16
(Horror) Elaine works at the Crique Foudre Community College library, where the books can punish you for disrespect.

Rating: 2 -> Not Recommended

.identity by E. Catherine Tobler  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 117
(SF) As the Peragro approaches Kepler-726, the AI and the engineer investigate an attempted infection by a software virus.
As Long As It Takes To Make The World by Gabriela Santiago2  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(Slice of Life SF) Somewhere between the stars, the people from The Whole World that was scratch out a living in a small place they call The Land.
Cory For Coriolis by John Shirley  Time: 25m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 07.08|16
(Hard SF) Although they've never been close, Cory accepts his fabulously rich father's invitation to fly with him into the heart of the biggest hurricane ever.
Fall by Arlan Andrews Sr.  Time: 59m (Novella)  IssueAnalog 07.08|16
(SF) Rist descends from the highlands and is captured by the lowlanders, who've never seen a human being as small as him. He struggles to learn their langauge and adapt to their ways
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Four And Twenty Blackbirds by JY Yang  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(SF) Jiawen and Richard have a single hope for their unborn child; they want it to be human.
Hiranyagarbha by Kevin Jared Hosein1  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(Horror) In Trinidad, a swamp fisherman finds a a pile of dead animals, all with a thin coating of what looks like gold on them.
(Modern Fantasy) Shay and friends jump from the rock into the pond, even though stories say that sometimes it keeps a teenager or two.
Morning Cravings by Nin Harris2  Time: 04m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(Magical SF) Derthye is a human who likes eggs. Her husband is a Barlishya, who is forbidden from eating eggs. This presents a problem.
Nobody Like Josh by Robert Thurston  Time: 32m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 07|16
(SF) A former principal muses about Josh, a space alien landed in a small US town some years ago and ended up working at the school.
Omoshango by Dayo Ntwari1  Time: 31m (Novelette)  IssueLightspeed 73
(Science Fantasy) A Nigerian program to develop people who can fly encounters opposition.
Other Metamorphoses by Fabio Fernandes  Time: 01m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(SF) Gregor is a dream traveler trying to get his original body back.
Pleistocene Brains by Christina De La Rocha1  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 07.08|16
(SF) Professor Irma Chretin demonstrates how neanderthals made stone tools to a class of anthropology students. Oddly, she looks a lot like a neanderthal herself.
Project Entropy by Dominica Phetteplace  Time: 35m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 07|16
(Near-Future SF) Angelina struggles with life now that she's lost her chip, and she's not sure how to get back on track
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Purytans by Brad R. Torgersen  Time: 1h:19m (Novella)  IssueAnalog 07.08|16
(SF) In a future where everyone is neuter, Poat and Serl track their partner, Anth, to a restricted world which is trying to bring back things like sex and religion.
Story Night At The Stronghold by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle  Time: 06m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 07.08|16
(Post-Apocalypse) A year after the events in the novel "Lucifer's Hammer," a visitor from Hoover Dam hears stories from people at the Stronghold.
Through The Eyes Of A Bluebird by Laura Lam  Time: 15m (ShortStory) 05/19/16
(Near-Future SF) Once a year, the government sends someone to visit the secretive Mana's Hearth commune just outside San Francisco. Tobias shares his experience.
Wilson's Singularity by Terence Taylor  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(Dystopian SF) Around 2070, Wilson prepares to give a speech on the 40th anniversary of the Unity system he designed, which changed the world forever.

Rating: 1 -> Needs Improvement

A Violent Wind by Andrew Barton  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 07.08|16
(SF) Commander Krasniqi's ship has a malfunction during aerobraking, and she and the crew struggle to repair it before the ship enters atmosphere again.
Laws Of Night And Silk by Seth Dickinson  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 200
(High Fantasy) To defeat the armies of the Efficate, the Cteri train some of their children to be weapons of mass destruction.
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Webs by Mary Anne Mohanraj  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 07|16
(SF) On Ariel, some people have modified themselves to fly. Other people can't accept that. Anna is going to need to choose sides.

Rating: Not Rated

Digital Medicine by Brian K. Hudson1  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueLightspeed 73
(Mainstream) A young Cherokee girl on probation for hacking is given community service helping a Cherokee elder, who shows a keen interest in hacking.

3 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Love the site and greatly appreciate the work you put into it.

    Just wanted to point out that the link for "Cuckoo Girls" actually takes you to the story "Folk Hero".

    This is the correct link:

    1. Thanks for the correction, the link is fixed.