Monday, August 15, 2016

August 2016 Ratings

5 & 4 Stories: 9;  Estimated Time: 5h:36m (101K words)
Recommended By Stories: 23;  Estimated Time: 11h:16m (203K words)
Total Stories: 47;  Estimated Time: 21h:34m (388K words)
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Rating: 5 -> Hugo-worthy

Teenagers From Outer Space by Dale Bailey  Time: 38m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 119
(Historical SF) In 1955, Nancy's best friend Ellen dates a bad boy who introduces her to Bug Town, where aliens live. Nothing is the same after that.
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Rating: 4 -> Recommended

All Your Cities I Will Burn by John Schoffstall  Time: 32m (Novelette)  IssueInterzone 265
(SF Apocalypse) The kilometer-wide asteroid didn't quite destroy civilization, but the things it brought with it just might finish it off.
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Detroit Hammersmith Zero-Gravity Toilet Repairman (Retired) by Suzanne Palmer  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 09|16
(SF) At the height of diplomatic meetings, the toilets in the Station start to malfunction, even though diagnostics say nothing is wrong. So they call for an expert.
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(Fairy Tale) Jocelyn is a princess a lot like Sleeping Beauty, but with a much better relationship with the fairies. Not that that helps her.
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Her Scales Shine Like Music by Rajnar Vajra  Time: 31m (Novelette) 08/03/16
(SF) Left behind on an alien planet while his shipmates return to Earth to secure their claim, Ross struggles to fill the time. Then strange things start to happen.
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Patience Lake by Matthew Claxton  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 08|16
(Dystopia) Casey, a disabled vet in a cheap, rebuilt body, tries walking to another city to find work, but trouble is waiting out in the country.
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(SF) On the planet First Foot, the small town of Joe's Corner faces conflict over building a radio telescope close to local alien artifacts.
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The Ghoul King by Guy Haley  Time: 1h:50m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 2016
(Post Apocalypse) A treacherous "angel" diverts Quinn from his goal to search the ruins of the Dreaming City of Columbus for the key to continuing his journey west.
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Toppers by Jason Sanford  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 08|16
(Post Apocalypse) Hanger lives in a canvas bag on the outside of the Empire State Building, but the secrets to survival are hidden in the deadly mist far below.
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Rating: 3 -> Average

A Man Of Modest Means by Robert Reed  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 265
(SF) A woman spends the night with a man who seems like no man she's ever met in this world.
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Adventures In Family Bonding by W. Michael Beachy1  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 09|16
(SF) Erin Troyer agrees to babysit her grandson, Gene, while her son and his wife visit Europe. There's something funny about the boy, though.
City Of Wolves by Willow Palecek1  Time: 1h:01m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 2016
(Fantasy Mystery) Alexander Drake avoids investigations involving the nobility, but he can't resist the invitation to investigate the mysterious death of Lord Aberdeen.
Dreams Of The Rocket Men by C. Stuart Hardwick  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 09|16
(SF) Old Mr. Coanda fans Jimmy's love for outer space by showing him how to build and launch real rockets.
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Fall To Her by Alexis A. Hunter  Time: 04m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 87
(SF) You work construction in deep space, but you hear a woman's song in your head, calling for you to come to her.
First Light At Mistaken Point by Kali Wallace  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 119
(Hard SF) Charlie's team has been out of touch with the Mars mission for a month. While she's attending her mother's funeral, a mysterious 47-second-long message arrives.
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Her Sacred Spirit Soars by S. Qiouyi Lu1  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 07/18/16
(Alternate History) In 1949, researchers attempt to harness "oriental lovebird energy" to cure human comas.
I Remember Your Face by E.K. Wagner1  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 87
(Post Apocalypse) Ket grew up after the bombs in a bunker with her anarchist parents. Now she's a bounty hunter, seeking a very special target.
Kairos by Sieren Damsgaard Ernst1  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 08|16
(Near-future SF) A gene designer and her husband visit the tomb of Charlemagne and think about how they're about to turn the world upside down.
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Nightshades by Melissa F. Olson  Time: 2h:18m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 2016
(Vampires) Since the FBI captured one, people know vampires are real, but why have they started a killing spree in the Chicago area?
Now Is The Hour by Emily Devenport  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 119
(SF) Mabie wins the lottery and decides to use the money to rescue her family from poverty on planet Hardcase by moving to a different planet.
Once More Into The Abyss by Dennis Danvers  Time: 26m (Novelette) 07/13/16
(Present-day SF) Stan is sure he's an alien, or at least that his parents were, and he's happy to accompany his wife to the abyss, an archaeological site out west associated with aliens.
President John F. Kennedy, Astronaut by Sandra McDonald  Time: 42m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 08|16
(Alternate Reality) Old man Rendezvous tells outrageous stories about Jack Kennedy, and he's hunting an artifact in the drowned ruins of Cape Canaveral.
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Progress Report by Rajnar Vajra  Time: 1h:03m (Novella)  IssueAnalog 09|16
(SF) On Skipbrudden, each child must pass four tests to earn the right to become an adult. Arvie is a precocious kitten, which means he'll face the tests sooner than most.
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(Near-Future SF) Nico's boring life as an accountant changes when he meets an old friend who's involved with the illegal food scene in Kansas City.
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The Art Of Space Travel by Nina Allan  Time: 42m (Novelette) 07/27/16
(SF/Mainstream) The crew of the new Mars mission are coming to the hotel where Emily works, and her mom is starting to say strange things about her involvement with the last Mars mission.
The Assassin's Secret by Adam-Troy Castro  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 75
(Fantasy Humor) The world's greatest assassin sits in his lair, waiting for people to come to him to beg his assistance.
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The Eye Of Job by Dan Reade1  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 265
(SF) A military psychologist has an unhealthy obsession with a giant alien artifact that has destroyed the city of Omaha.
The Gentleman Of Chaos by A. Merc Rustad  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 87
(High Fantasy) An immortal assassin threatens the new king, so he has his sister trained as the ultimate bodyguard.
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The Inside-Out by Andrew Kozma  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 265
(SF) Jamon and his friends explore an abandoned neighborhood on the Dyson sphere he and other humans have been relocated to.
The Mutants Men Don't See by James Alan Gardner  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 08|16
(Superhero) A combination of teenage hormones, a rare gene, and the right stressful event turns a few kids into superheros. Liam wants to be one too.
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The Siren Son by Tristina Wright1  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 75
(Fantasy) Neal and Killian are young lovers. Together they think they can keep the dragons from destroying the world.
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The War Of Heroes by Kameron Hurley  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueLightspeed 75
(SF) The "Heroes" are gradually destroying Yousra's world, but she finds a way to use a castrated prisoner to fight back.
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Those Brighter Stars by Mercurio D. Rivera  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 75
(SF) Ava recounts the visit of the "Needlers" to Earth and her part in the attempts to communicate with the aliens.
Totem Poles by Rudy Rucker and Bruce Sterling  Time: 14m (ShortStory) 08/10/16
(SF Humor) Space aliens have invaded, but they're repairing the world--not destroying it--and not everyone is happy with that.

Rating: 2 -> Not Recommended

Alone, On The Wind by Karla Schmidt1  Time: 44m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 119
(Fantasy Science) Tuela's people fly among the remains of their shattered world, stealing water from a neighbor planet. Tuela presents an argument that things should change.
Belong by Suzanne Palmer  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 265
(Dystopia) Gwenna Thirty-Seven would do anything for the corporation, so it must be an error that her display is saying she's been rejected.
Bull Of Heaven by Gabriel Murray  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 07/25/16
(Android) Brother Francis is an android in an orbiting monastery. Their human patron has taken an interest in him, and involves him in studying a mysterious, ancient golden android.
Deep Waters Call Out To What Is Deeper Still by Sarah Frost  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 09|16
(SF) Pascal uses a mind link to control fish in a public aquarium. Pascal's big success has been a swordfish, but a bigger challenge beckons.
Ebb Stung By The Flow by E. Catherine Tobler  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 204
(Modern Fantasy) The train carrying Jackson's Unreal Circus and Mobile Marmalade is wrecked, and the three Fates walk the wreckage.
Kit: Some Assembly Required by Kathe Koja and Carter Scholz  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 08|16
(SF AI) Christpher Marlowe thinks he's been reincarnated as a 21st Century AI.
Nesting Dolls by Jacob A. Boyd  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueAnalog 09|16
(Generation Ship SF) Garen and his little brother live in the outer shell of the ship, but they have an unhealthy curiosity about the people who live inside.
On The Techno-Erotic Potential Of Donald Trump by Ken Hinckley  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 265
(SF Humor) A scientist investigates the emotional and sexual effect that viewing images of Donald Trump has on people
Silhouettes by Dave Creek  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 09|16
(SF) Leo is a scientist studying Manta Gliders on planet Keleni and despite his age and poor health, he intends to report on how their babies are born.
The Engines Imperial by Sean Bensinger1  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 119
(Fantasy Science) The starship Rook returns to the system to mourn her sister starship, who died there 10,000 years ago.
Wakers by Sean Monaghan  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 08|16
(Colony Ship SF) Grayson, the caretaker on the Sirius needs to awaken one of the sleeping crew to take his place. Which means explaining what went wrong.

Rating: 1 -> Needs Improvement

Reclamation by Ryan Row1  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 119
(Fantasy Science) An asteroid miner is cast adrift by a collision. Her suit can preserve her life indefinitely, but not her sanity.
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Under She Who Devours Suns by Benjanun Sriduangkaew  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 204
(High Fantasy) After a long absence, Melishem returns to Talyut to challenge her rival to single combat. But Sikata is already dead.
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Rating: Not Rated

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