Thursday, June 15, 2017

June 2017 Ratings

5 & 4 Stories: 7;  Estimated Time: 3h:52m (70K words)
Recommended By Stories: 17;  Estimated Time: 7h:01m (126K words)
Total Stories: 37;  Estimated Time: 17h:45m (320K words)
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Rating: 5 -> Hugo-worthy

Utopia, LOL? by Jamie Wahls2  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 06/05/17
(SF Humor) After Charlie is unfrozen, Kit guides him around the future. It’s, like, TOTALLY not what he expected, and yet, like, kinda familiar, LOL.
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Rating: 4 -> Recommended

(Portal Fantasy; Wayward Children) Twin sisters, Jack and Jill, escape from overbearing parents into The Moors, a fantasy land where werewolves and vampires are real.
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In Memory of Jianhong, Snake-Devil by Richard Parks  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 226
(Chinese Historical Fantasy) Jing and her father climb a mountain to find and kill a Snake-Devil that has been killing people and goats, but she’s not exactly what they expected.
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Memories of Fish by Shauna O'Meara  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 270
(Near-Future SF) Through the eyes of a drone, a “Tourist” explores a Sri Lanka town from the comfort of his own home, but ends up taking an unexpected detour.
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Of Letters They Are Made by Jonathan Edelstein  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 228
(Alternate History Fantasy) Taharah’s magic makes language come alive for audiences, but she seeks knowledge of her people’s ancient, forgotten tongue.
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Red by Ramsey Shehadeh  Time: 14m (ShortStory) 05/24/17
(Contemporary Fantasy) Ansel feels guilty about his little sister’s disappearance six months ago, and his search for her leads him into the world of a board game their family played.
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Welcome to Astuna by Pip Coen1  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 97
(SF Mystery) Jane wakes up in a strange place. Did her professor drug her? And why is she suddenly 18 years older?
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Rating: 3 -> Average

A Late Quintessence by Justin Howe  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 228
(High Fantasy) Years ago, Dierponte Hast suppressed a treasonous play by a renegade alchemist, and he’s shocked to hear someone reciting from it all these years later.
After Burning by Wren Wallis  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 227
(High Fantasy) Almas fears that the new commander will try to dispose of the wounded enemy children she cares for in her clinic—particularly since he’s the one who destroyed their town.
Black Hole Heart by K.A. Teryna  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 97
(Horror) Your life has been on hold ever since you stopped at a diner 65 years ago, and you never stop wondering what might have been.
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Crossing the Threshold by Pat Murphy  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 85
(Contemporary Fantasy) Helping an old man get over a chain-link fence leads the narrator into the world of the occult.
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Elena's Angel by Aimee Ogden  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 97
(Modern Fantasy) Thanks to divine inspiration, Elena creates paintings beyond anything normal mortals can do, but her gift comes with a price, and she’s come to see it as a curse, not a blessing.
Evangeline and the Forbidden Lighthouse by Emily B. Cataneo  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 270
(Magical Realism) On the coast of Maine, Cady and her friend, Evangeline, find bottles that wash up with messages about the future.
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Fool's Cap by Andy Dudak  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 129
(SF) Hunting an ex-ruler who committed genocide, Beadith ends up stranded on an island with him and a strange psychoactive moss.
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Greedy Pigs by Matt Wallace  Time: 1h:41m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 05/16/17
(Modern Fantasy; Sin du Jour) The staff of Sin du Jour are honored to be invited to cater the inauguration of the president of the magical “shadow government” that really runs the world.
Light, Like a Candle Flame by Iona Sharma  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 05/15/17
(Planetary SF) The Terravine colony has grown to where it needs to build a sewage plant, and, as Magistra Descendant, Sara is right in the middle of it.
Lightning in the Blood by Marie Brennan  Time: 1h:27m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 04/25/17
(High Fantasy; Varekai) As Ree and Aadet track down a murderous band of rebels led by people loyal to the usurper they defeated a few years ago, Ree meets a migrant group who may hold the key to her forgotten past.
Love Engine Optimization by Matthew Kressel  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 85
(Near-Future SF)  Sam is a talented hacker who extracts Jane’s personal info in order to seduce her.
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(Near-Future SF) Elspeth offers body mods from traditional tattoos all the way to high-tech things with active programming. A mystery girl with special requests turns her world upside down.
Narrative Disorder by Malka Older  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueFireside 05|2017
(Near-Future SF) Mishima is a spy who suffers from narrative disorder. This causes her to see everything that happens as if it were part of an organized story.
Neptune's Trident by Nina Allan  Time: 46m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 129
(Post-Apocalypse) The world is gradually being destroyed by what seems like an alien plague that attacks people and software alike. Caitlin lives in a seaside Scottish town, nursing her dying lover.
Sanctuary by Allen M. Steele  Time: 17m (ShortStory) 05/17/17
(Hard SF) We read the log books that survive from two human colony ships which arrived at Tau Ceti e. We know things didn’t go well, but we don’t know why.
The New Man by Malcolm Devlin  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueInterzone 270
(Near-Future SF) After an accident, a man gets a new body, but he has trouble believing he’s really the same person.
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The Ways Out by Sam J. Miller  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 129
(Mutants) A government agent secretly watches Ryx (age 10) and Hector (age 19) because they both have dangerous “variant” abilities.
Two Bodies in Basting Stitch by Allison Jamieson-Lucy  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 227
(High Fantasy) The state cannot execute Sere for treason if she can prove that she’s “life-laced,” since that would kill her innocent lover too, but revealing it could ruin her lover’s life.
Whatever Knight Comes by Ryan Row2  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 226
(Fairy Tale) You are a knight cursed to kidnap maidens and the die trying to keep them when a knight comes to rescue them. Over and over.

Rating: 2 -> Not Recommended

An Account of the Sky Whales by A Que  Time: 38m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 129
(Planetary Adventure) Azuki travels to Goliath to bring the ashes of his dead girlfriend home. Exporting human remains is illegal, so he gets help from some poachers.
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Bourbon, Sugar, Grace by Jessica Reisman  Time: 28m (Novelette) 06/07/17
(Colony Planet SF) Since the Combine all but abandoned Sloe, scavengers are important, and Fox is a good one. Her latest mission could be her best yet, provided she survives it.
Dirty Code by Wayne Simmons  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 270
(SF Noir) A man gets a contract to deal with a “hackjob” posing as an exotic dancer.
Like You, I Am A System by Nathan Hillstrom2  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 270
(Emergent AI) A system unexpectedly becomes intelligent and studies the world, trying to decide what to do.
Marcel Proust, Incorporated by Scott Dalrymple  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 85
(Near-Future SF) Users who stop taking a memory enhancement drug end up losing everything they learned on it, making it possible for banks to repossess someone’s education.
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River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey  Time: 1h:53m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 05/23/17
(Alternate History) Winslow Houndstooth takes a federal commission to clear feral hippopotamuses from the Mississippi valley, but he has another target in mind.
Rushford Recapitulation by Christopher Mark Rose2  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 270
(Slipstream) In the village of Rushford, New York, women have started giving birth to appliances instead of babies.
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World of the Three by Shweta Narayan  Time: 31m (Novelette)  IssueLightspeed 85
(Tamil Historical Clockwork Fantasy) A mother tells her children the story of a famous Tamil king who was a clockwork mechanism.

Rating: 1 -> Needs Improvement

(Slipstream) The narrator grows up in a thinly-disguised Ukraine where things are gradually falling apart.

Rating: Not Rated

Encyphered by Jonathan L. Howard  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 270
(Mainstream) A young man has a life-long obsession with cryptography.
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(Horror) She can’t see the birds, but she can hear them, and they’re telling her to do terrible things.

Rating: Not Reviewed

eyes I dare not meet in dreams by Sunny Moraine  Time: 08m (ShortStory) 06/14/17
(Zombie) All over the world, refrigerators are falling out of holes in space, and dead girls are stepping out of them.

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