Saturday, October 15, 2016

October 2016 Ratings

5 & 4 Stories: 5;  Estimated Time: 1h:45m (32K words)
Recommended By Stories: 13;  Estimated Time: 5h:23m (97K words)
Total Stories: 51;  Estimated Time: 21h:58m (395K words)
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Rating: 5 -> Hugo-worthy


Rating: 4 -> Recommended

Pagpag by Samuel Marzioli  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 89
(Zombie) Jay helps hunt zombies at night, but he secretly want to find his wife's zombie to say goodbye.
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The Cavern of the Screaming Eyes by Jeremiah Tolbert  Time: 30m (Novelette)  IssueLightspeed 77
(Portal Fantasy) Teenage Ivan lost his brother in d-Space, but his new friend Domino is eager to explore a dungeon that's supposed to be safe.
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The Three Lives of Sonata James by Lettie Prell  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 10/05/16
(Mind Uploading) The prospect of living forever through "iterations" is still new, and not everyone likes it. Sonata wants to make a statement by declaring she will only upload twice.
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Water Scorpions by Rich Larson  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|16
(SF) Noel's mom is trying to raise an alien child. Noel, age 10, hates this alien "brother" but can't seem to get that across to him.
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When Grandfather Returns by S.N. Dyer  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|16
(Navajo Fantasy) An old Navajo myth intersects the modern world unexpectedly.
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Rating: 3 -> Average

A Cup of Comfort by Stephanie Burgis  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 210
(High Fantasy) The mysterious owner of the best tea house in town has a secret deal with the queen.
A Glass Kiss for the Little Prince of Pain by Martin Cahill  Time: 37m (Novelette)  IssueBCS 210
(High Fantasy) Trying to serve two masters, Glass fights her own comrades to try to complete an impossible mission.
(Modern Fantasy) The young narrator is miserable in New York, and her only real friend is an old vampire who tries to mentor her.
Damnatio Ad Beastias by Kristi DeMeester  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 89
(Modern Fantasy) Government-issued anti-werewolf pills don't work for Madeline, but the drugs from her dealer are hit-or-miss.
(SF) The crew of the Themis colony write home about their struggles with a mission and a world that seems to be more than a little off.
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Hammers on Bone by Cassandra Khaw  Time: 59m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 10/11/16
(Horror) An 11-year-old asks a private eye to murder his stepdad, because "he's a monster--and you're a monster too."
Love Pops! by Genevieve Williams  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 11|16
(SF Mystery) Lotte goes undercover on Michael Brooks's reality show to try to catch a stalker who's threatening him.
Lucite by Susan Palwick  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|16
(Christian Fantasy) Andrew obsesses over a used soul he picked up in the gift shop during a tour of Hell.
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(SF) Jix tells how her twin sister left their planet and their god, starting with how they met a handsome offworlder.
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Sideways by Ray Cluley  Time: 35m (Novelette)  IssueInterzone 266
(SF/Horror) Tom and Sam were supersonic test pilots in the 1950s before Sam died flying a plane that could go “sideways.”
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The Apologists by Tade Thompson  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueInterzone 266
(Post Apocalypse) The aliens who accidentally destroyed the human race employ the few survivors in an effort to rebuild London.
The Book of How to Live by Rose Lemberg  Time: 44m (Novelette)  IssueBCS 209
(High Fantasy) In a world that values magic above all else, two creative women with no magic struggle to get recognition for their inventions.
The Boy Who Would Not Be Enchanted by A.M. Dellamonica  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueBCS 209
(High Fantasy) Gale's people summon her home for her "croning" ceremony, with consequences to Garland, captain of her ship, and a 12-year-old stow away.
The City Born Great by N.K. Jemisin  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 09/28/16
(Modern Fantasy) A young hustler discovers that he's supposed to play a big role in transforming New York from a city to a City. If he can survive it.
The Desolate Void by Jay Werkheiser  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 11|16
(Planetary SF) Marj seeks life in the oceans of Enceladus. Her guide wonders why she bothers.
The End of Hope Street by Malcolm Devlin  Time: 44m (Novelette)  IssueInterzone 266
(Slipstream) When a house becomes unlivable, everyone inside dies, and no one can ever go in it again. On Hope Street, one by one, the houses are becoming unlivable.
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The Forgotten Taste of Honey by Alexander Jablokov  Time: 59m (Novella)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|16
(High Fantasy) The dead girl originally fled her homeland over something, and whatever it was, it's making it hard for Tromvi to return her body.
The Night Cyclist by Stephen Graham Jones  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 09/21/16
(Horror) There's a quiet war in Boulder between hikers and cyclists, but whatever ripped two hikers' throats out must have been the cyclist from Hell.
The People in the Building by Sandra McDonald  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|16
(Horror) As people arrive at the office for work, no one knows the people on the second floor are all dead.
The Salesman by Garrett Ashley  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 11|16
(SF Robot) In 2064 Oklahoma, teenage Ed finds a damaged robot and tries to figure out how to return it.
The Tattling Tats by Jerry Oltion  Time: 03m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 11|16
(SF Humor) All the cool kids got programmable tattoos from their parents, but Evan is sure there's a catch.
The Warren by Brian Evenson  Time: 1h:01m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 09/20/16
(Post Apocalypse) The last person in the Warren struggles with low supplies and failing hardware and seeks another person outside.
The Wind Shall Blow by Gregory Norman Bossert  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 209
(Historical Fantasy) On the English border with war coming, the Scotts have never accepted Irish Regan, and they fear the magic in her songs.
Three Love Letters From an Unrepeatable Garden by Aliya Whiteley  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 266
(Modern Fantasy) A gardener writes to his love about the rare flower he cares for, which no one is allowed to smell.
Timothy by Philip Schweitzer1  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 10/10/16
(Slipstream) Some people are easy to resurrect, some can't be, and some don't want to be. But everything has a cost.
We Side With the Free by Gray Rinehart  Time: 1h:00m (Novella)  IssueAnalog 11|16
(Solar System SF) When the asteroids want their freedom from Earth, they threaten it with asteroid bombardment. The SNV Belmont is the only chance to stop it.
Wretched the Romantic by Michael Libling  Time: 37m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|16
(Horror Humor) When he's not stalking his ex, Richard earn extra cash scattering the ashes of dead people.

Rating: 2 -> Not Recommended

A Courtship of Beasts by Michael Anthony Ashley  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueBCS 209
(Fantasy) On a quest seeking his form, Sham meets the woman of his dreams, and he pursues her, to her delight.
Dido, Retold by A.T. Greenblatt  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 09/19/16
(Modern Fantasy) Ancient Dido walks the streets of modern Carthage, cursed to find and fill the cracks she once created.
Eating Science With Ghosts by Octavia Cade2  Time: 43m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|16
(SF Ghosts) The narrator meets ghosts of scientists and discoverers during a nine-course meal all over the world.
Extraterrestrial Folk Metal Fusion by Georgina Bruce  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 266
(SF) The alien transmission Professor Lovage detected has made her famous, but it isn’t attracting the kind of attention she actually wants.
(SF) Across twenty years, a director made three films about a remarkable discovery on Mars.
Heroes by Lavie Tidhar  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 09/19/16
(Historical Fantasy) In 1987 Berlin, Spit and Whirlwind stake out a man Spit should have killed 41 years ago.
In the Absence of Instructions to the Contrary by Frank Wu  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 11|16
(SF Robot) Karl is a robot exploring the sea floor. The exploring goes well, but reporting back has problems.
Plea by Mary Anne Mohanraj  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 77
(SF) Baseline humans on Eris are fighting modified ones. The natives will accept some refugees, but Gwen is afraid her family won't pass inspection.
The Next Scene by Robert Reed  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 121
(SF AI) In a world ruled by AIs, the only work that pays is entertainment.
(Virtual Reality) The narrator hunts for the virtual trolls her grandmother created long ago.

Rating: 1 -> Needs Improvement

One Man's Dignity by Mark Niemann-Ross  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueAnalog 11|16
(Solar System SF) Captain Jerwin has a space station to finish, but she finds time to worry about a crewman past retirement age who can't handle Earth gravity.
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Project Extropy by Dominica Phetteplace  Time: 30m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|16
(Near-Future SF) Akiko wakes up on a ship bound for San Francisco with no memory of who she is, but with the voice of "God" telling her what to do.
Rusties by Nnedi Okorafor and Wanuri Kahiu  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 121
(SF Robots) Robots completely transform Africa, with a few downsides. Up until the solar flare.
(Magical SF) Captain Stephana Levitanova commands the first "quantum impulsion platform" which will allow her to explore the galaxy without leaving St. Petersburg.
The Calculations of Artificials by Chi Hui  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 121
(SF AI) Unbeknownst to most people, almost everyone in the world is really a robot. Aixia helps keep the system running, but allows himself to become attached to a human boy he saved.
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The Key to St. Medusa's by Kat Howard  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 77
(Fantasy) Despite her parents' best efforts, Agatha was born to be a witch, and eventually they turned her over to St. Medusa's school.
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Rating: Not Rated

Choose Poison, Choose Life by Michael Blumlein  Time: 59m (Novella)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|16
(Mainstream) Violet comes to a resort town to kill herself. Daisy is shipwrecked with a man she loves. Rose is shipwrecked with a monster.
La Corriveau by K.T. Bryski  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 10/03/16
(Historical Fiction) In 1750s Québec, Marie Corriveau was executed for murdering her husband. But was she a witch?
The Leaning Lincoln by Will Ludwigsen  Time: 34m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|16
(Mainstream) In 1983 Florida, 10-year-old Scotty believes a defective lead figure of Lincoln is cursed.



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