Tuesday, August 15, 2017

August 2017 Ratings

5 & 4 Stories: 2;  Estimated Time: 42m (13K words)
Recommended By Stories: 8;  Estimated Time: 2h:29m (45K words)
Total Stories: 30;  Estimated Time: 11h:53m (214K words)
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Rating: 5 -> Hugo-worthy

Rating: 4 -> Recommended

Red Bark and Ambergris by Kate Marshall  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 232
(High Fantasy) Sarai’s talent lies in scents, but she pursues poisons to get revenge on the queen who imprisoned her on this island.
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The Martian Obelisk by Linda Nagata  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 07/19/17
(Apocalypse) As civilization is dying on Earth, a woman building a monument on Mars by remote control gets a message from a Mars colony long thought to be dead.
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Rating: 3 -> Average

An Inflexible Truth by Christopher East  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueLightspeed 87
(Climate SF) After his teammate disappears in the ruins of Las Vegas, a newsman goes to investigate—even though he has a desk job and has never been in the field before.
Deathspeaker by Stephen Case  Time: 44m (Novelette)  IssueBCS 231
(High Fantasy) She rules by virtue of her power to kill merely by speaking a name, but she faces attack from an enemy with an immortal army.
Gods in the Blood (of those who rise) by Tim Casson  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 271
(Near-Future SF/Horror) Everett struggles to teach science to unenthusiastic high school students, but his biggest problem is the genetically engineered kids, who are increasingly rowdy.
If a Bird Can Be a Ghost by Allison Mills1  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 99
(Slipstream) Shelly’s grandma teaches her how to deal with ghosts so she can continue the family ghost business.
If Your Powers Fail You in a City Under Tin by Michael Reid1  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 271
(Superheroes) Jun fears his own superpower more than anything, but he may have to use it when his lover goes missing on a mission in a warzone.
Ink by Bruce McAllister  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 87
(Modern Fantasy) A young hemophiliac American boy in Italy visits a creepy old house to try to get old stamps for his collection.
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No Pearls as Blue as These by Benjanun Sriduangkaew  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 232
(High Fantasy) Tarangkaya made Bidaten into supersoldier from infancy, and she’s been content to serve them for years. Then her mistress takes a new bride who makes her think differently.
Skinny Charlie's Orbiting Teepee by Pamela Rentz  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 99
(SF) Charlie’s one of the original colonists on the Indian space colony, but he’s having trouble setting up a display of his old artifacts from Earth.
The Broken Karwaneer by Jeremy A. TeGrotenhuis1  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 231
(Fantasy Apocalypse) In a dying world, Orha hunts a band of raiders who’ve been killing families and stealing children.
The Dead Father Cookbook by Ashley Blooms1  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 07/17/17
(Horror) The narrator wants to bring her father back from the dead, but first she has to trick her brother into helping eat his cremated remains.
The Martian in the Wood by Stephen Baxter  Time: 55m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 08/02/17
(SF Pastiche) When Zena’s brother disappears into a mysterious forest on her family property, she goes looking, and she finds that not all of the Martian invaders perished at the end of the War of the Worlds.
The Shining Hills by Susan Palwick  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 87
(Urban Fantasy) Some nights shining lights appear atop hills in urban areas, and people who walk into them disappear—some say to fairyland. A cop who thinks otherwise tries to talk a young woman out of trying it.
(Post-Apocalypse SF Horror; Bourne) The Strange Bird escapes the ruins of the laboratory that created her, compelled by an inbuilt imperative to go southeast. But for what?
(Space Opera) The empire “harvests” psionics and integrates them into their FTL starships. A starship content with her lot foresees a violent future when she recounts her story to a girl reluctant to be harvested.
These Deathless Bones by Cassandra Khaw  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 07/26/17
(Horror) The king’s only son is a rude and brutal child, and his new wife, a witch, hates him passionately.
Tongue by Ashok Banker  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 87
(SF Horror) Married at age 10, she was determined to do anything to support her husband. No matter what.
Uncanny Valley by Greg Egan  Time: 44m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 08/09/17
(Near-Future SF) Adam has 70% of the memories of the man who created him, but something vital is hiding in that missing 30%.
(Near-Future SF) Jesse uses virtual reality to give tourists a vision-quest experience. It’s demeaning, but it pays the bills. Then a tourist turns up who wants a really authentic experience.
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When I Close My Eyes by Chris Barnham  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 271
(Exploration SF) A cave-in on Titan leaves Darlo trapped, but he’s not going to die without a fight. It’s probably a bad sign that he’s having visions of his dead wife, though.
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Rating: 2 -> Not Recommended

A Man Out of Fashion by Chen Qiufan  Time: 38m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 131
(SF Hibernation) Du Ruofei sleeps until the future can heal his rare disorder. At first he really likes it, but the more he learns about 2322, the more uneasy he gets.
Chubba Luna by Eliot Fintushel  Time: 07m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 271
(Dystopia) If the government picks the perfect spouse for each individual, why does everyone seem to want to kill his/her partner?
In the Blind by Sunny Moraine  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 131
(SF) Two survivors on a space station try to figure out why Earth has stopped communicating.
The Rocket Farmer by Julie C. Day  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 271
(Science Fantasy) Sarnai’s family have always grown rockets, but her teenage daughter seems to have an unhealthy fascination with them.
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The Stone Weta by Octavia Cade  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 131
(Hard SF) An international conspiracy of scientists struggles to save climate data from governments trying to hide or falsify it.
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Rating: 1 -> Needs Improvement

Cryptic Female Choice by Andy Dudak  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 271
(Dystopia) The ability for women to mix and match genes from multiple men leads to social unrest.
Reversion by Nin Harris  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 131
(SF) Expelled from Tortz and separated from her alien lover, Askriti has fled to her homeworld, where she has to submit to a ceremony before they’ll consider her human again.
The Trip by Mari Kurisato  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 99
(Colony Ship) A woman on a colony ship tries to save the life of her best friend.
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Twisted Knots by D.A. Xiaolin Spires1  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 131
(SF) With her knowledge of topology, Lilian uses lasers to make vat-grown meat look real. Then one day her design is so intricate that it causes the meat to become sentient.

Rating: Not Rated

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