Friday, September 15, 2017

September 2017 Ratings

5 & 4 Stories: 12;  Estimated Time: 7h:13m (130K words)
Recommended By Stories: 28;  Estimated Time: 12h:21m (222K words)
Total Stories: 83;  Estimated Time: 36h:17m (653K words)
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Rating: 5 -> Hugo-worthy

i know my own & my own know me by Tracy Canfield  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueAnalog 09.10|17
(SF Adventure) A team trying to understand what happened to a human colony whose members have all regressed to animal intelligence is distracted when someone uplifts their cat to human intelligence.
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The Secret Life of Bots by Suzanne Palmer  Time: 29m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 132
(SF Adventure) The ship hadn’t activated Bot 9 in a long time—it’s an unstable model—but in a desperate situation it needs all its resources. And how much trouble can it get into hunting down a rat?
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Rating: 4 -> Recommended

A Tinker's Damnation by Jerry Oltion  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 09.10|17
(SF Colony) When the nanofab failed seventeen years ago, it condemned the colony to slow decline as their high tech wore out and they switched to iron-age methods. Young Henry wants to fix it and be a hero.
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Abductive Reasoning by Christopher L. Bennett  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 09.10|17
(SF Humor) When Cjek guides her damaged ship to an emergency landing in Roy’s cornfield, problems ensue because she’s not the sort of UFO he was expecting.
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Books of the Risen Sea by Suzanne Palmer  Time: 56m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 09.10|17
(Climate SF) Caer brings an abandoned robot back to his hideout in the flooded part of town and tries to prepare for attack by the raiders who dumped it.
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Children of Xanadu by Juan Paulo Rafols1  Time: 49m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 09.10|17
(Dystopia) In a China-occupied Philippines, Dr. Garcia engineers superior children for his people’s conquerors. He’s got a plan to turn the tables, if he can execute it before he dies.
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Climbing Olympus by Simon Kewin  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 09.10|17
(SF Adventure) Florian used to be a climber back on Earth, and now he wants to be the first man to climb Olympus Mons.
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Hollywood Squid by Oliver Buckram  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 09.10|17
(SF Humor) The squids from space haven’t been very popular for a while, but washed-up director Tony Casagrande has a can’t-miss plan for a detective thriller with a human and a squid.
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My Fifth and Most Exotic Voyage by Edward M. Lerner  Time: 47m (Novelette)  IssueAnalog 09.10|17
(SF Adventure Pastiche) In which we learn of a hitherto-undisclosed fifth voyage of Lemuel Gulliver, to a place called “Chicago” in 2022, and of the marvelous things that happened there.
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Tasting Notes on the Varietals of the Southern Coast by Gwendolyn Clare  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 09.10|17
(Horror) In which a military conquest is described in terms of the wines produced near each of the conquered cities.
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The Twilight Pariah by Jeffrey Ford  Time: 1h:50m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 09/13/17
(Horror) College friends Henry, Maggie, and Russell decide to play archeologist in the back yard of an old, abandoned house, but things get serious when they find the deformed skeleton of a child.
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Wind Will Rove by Sarah Pinsker  Time: 48m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 09.10|17
(Generation Ship) The ship lost most of its historical records some years back, and the narrator tries to use music to maintain a connection with distant Earth.
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Rating: 3 -> Average

(Historical Fantasy) Miss Scales supplies her shop from Keswick’s, but today they’ve sent her a new account representative, and he’s really the salesman from Hell.
A Song For Quiet by Cassandra Khaw  Time: 59m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 08/29/17
(Horror; Persons Non Grata) Deacon James plays the blues, but on a train ride a new melody gets into his head. Something powerful enough to change people’s lives—or end them.
Acadie by Dave Hutchinson  Time: 1h:07m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 09/05/17
(SF Adventure) Even after 500 years, Earth is still after the founders of the Colony, so when a probe wanders into their system Duke has to find a way to get everyone to safety.
Across Pack Ice, a Fire by Marissa Lingen  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 233
(High Fantasy) Solveig seeks vengeance for the magical plague that took her beloved husband, but she can’t act openly or else she risks dragging her own country into a war.
An Ever-Expanding Flash of Light by Timothy Mudie  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 88
(SF Epic) Tone’s wife has terminal cancer, and to get the money to pay to freeze her until there’s a cure, he signs up on a starship that won’t be back for centuries.
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An Incident In the Literary Life of Nathan Arkwright by Allen M. Steele  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 09.10|17
(SF; Arkwright) Bored at a science fiction convention, famous author Nathan Arkwright lets a couple of fans take him out to dinner. They seemed normal enough—at least to start with.
Angel of the Blockade by Alex Wells  Time: 31m (Novelette) 09/06/17
(SF Adventure) Even though she’s blind, Nata’s one of the best smugglers, and because of the war, she’s in great demand. This latest deal, though, pays so well for so little work there’s got to be something fishy about it.
Antarctic Birds by A. Brym1  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 132
(SF) Nick and Charlie live in Antarctica where the alien “Masters” are engineering improved forms of humanity.
At Cooney's by Delia Sherman  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueUncanny 18
(Time Travel) It’s 1968 and Ali likes to hang out with her college friends at New York’s Cooney’s bar. The bar was rather different in the 1920s, and Ali is about to see it first hand.
Bodythoughts by Rahul Kanakia  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 09.10|17
(SF) Plustwo, A teenage alien born to an immigrant family on Earth develops an unhealthy obsession with Captain George Sai, even though Sai is famous for fighting against the people from Plustwo’s homeworld
Corpus Grace by William Broom  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 234
(High Fantasy) The last Theodoran priest tries to save the last of their saints from destruction by an empire that has its own priests and saints.
Coyote Moon by James Van Pelt  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 09.10|17
(SF Adventure) A man and his wife try to escape their empty lives on Earth by emigrating to the moon illegally.
Dead Men In Central City by Carrie Vaughn  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 09.10|17
(Historical Fantasy) Ricardo needs to hide out in a small, western town for a few days, where he meets Doc Holliday. Doc figures out he’s a vampire, but for some reason chooses not to expose him.
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Disturbance In the Produce Aisle by Kit Reed  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 09.10|17
(Horror) Dick likes to visit the supermarket and chat with the ghosts who hang out there, but lately Satan keeps barging in and ruining it for him.
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Down and Out in R'lyeh by Catherynne M. Valente  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueUncanny 18
(Lovecraftian Humor) R’lyeh sucks. If you’re number 997 of Shub-Niggurath’s young, it’s easy to feel neglected <i>and</i> bored.
Emergency Protocol by Lettie Prell  Time: 01m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 09.10|17
(SF) In the event of an emergency, your body may be taken over by remote control.
Evil Opposite by Naomi Kritzer  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 09.10|17
(SF Multiverse) A Ph.D. student focusing on alternate universes builds a machine that lets him look at lives he might have lived.
Fandom for Robots by Vina Jie-Min Prasad1  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 18
(Alternate History Robot SF) Computron was the only intelligent robot built in the 1950s. Now all he does is answer questions from children and write fan-fiction about the robot in the Hyperdimension Warp Record TV show.
Gallows Girl by Mel Kassel2  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 233
(High Fantasy) A gallows girl uses her power to let hanged men take a little innocence to the next world. Kal’s sister was a great one, but Kal worries that her first assignment won’t go right.
Ghostmail by Eric Del Carlo  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 09.10|17
(SF) Kushal and his wife had a telepathic link installed before she went to war. Now he’s still getting messages from her, even though she died months ago.
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Grand Theft Spacecraft by R. Garcia y Robertson  Time: 44m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 09.10|17
(SF Adventure Humor; The Family) With the death of Crown Princess Rylla of Callisto, things in the Jovan system are about to get nasty, and at 18, Cole is ready to be right in the middle of it.
Human Pilots by J.B. Park  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 08/21/17
(Military SF) Wounded in battle, Captain Carla Perea was the only pilot in the recovery center, but today she’s joined by Captain Sun Gaang.
Invaders by Stanley Schmidt  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 09.10|17
(SF) Abe waited too late to make reservations at a place to watch the eclipse, so he ends up in a very out-of-the-way location with some rather strange companions.
Leash on a Man by Robert Reed  Time: 39m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 09.10|17
(SF) Porous enjoys being a prison guard up until a new prisoner arrives who stirs things up.
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Little /^^^\&- by Eric Schwitzgebel  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 132
(Epic SF) An alien intelligence, exiled to our solar system, passes the time by interacting with the Earth.
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Möbius Continuum by Gu Shi  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 132
(SF) The narrator suffers a near-fatal car accident, but new technology lets him be productive again.
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On Highway 18 by Rebecca Campbell  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 09.10|17
(Ghost Story) It’s the summer before college—before everything changed. Jen and Petra are best friends, and they’re mildly curious about stories they hear about a ghostly hitchhiker.
Pan-Humanism: Hope and Pragmatics by Jess Barber and Sara Saab  Time: 40m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 132
(Climate SF) This story follows Amir and Mani’s careers starting when they’re teenagers in water-starved Beirut.
Party Discipline by Cory Doctorow  Time: 50m (Novelette) 08/30/17
(Dystopia) Lenae and Shirelle are just high school girls with no futures, but they fantasize about fighting the corporations who keep people down, and they find a unique way to do it.
Penric's Fox by Lois McMaster Bujold  Time: 2h:04m (Novella)  IssuePenric's Fox 2017
(High Fantasy; Five Gods) Penric helps investigate the murder of another sorcerer, whose demon must still be somewhere near the scene of the crime.
Riddle by Lisa Mason  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 09.10|17
(Horror) On his way home, Edwin meets an exotic woman who’s part lion and loves asking riddles.
Riding the Blue Line With Jack Kerouac by Sandra McDonald  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 09.10|17
(Horror) Around 1990, the narrator drives a train on the subway line where ghosts of people (famous and otherwise) hang out and sometimes talk to him.
Shoggoths in Traffic by Tobias S. Buckell  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 88
(Lovecraftian Horror) The narrator and his friend are racing towards Florida running away from the drug dealer they repossessed it from. But something worse is waiting in front of them.
Squamous and Eldritch Get a Yard Sale Bargain by Tim McDaniel  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 09.10|17
(Horror) Squamous goes to buy a copy of a dangerous demonic book, but someone else has beaten him to it.
Starlight Express by Michael Swanwick  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 09.10|17
(SF) Far in the future, Flaminio meets the love of his life when a woman steps through a matter transmitter that hasn’t worked for centuries.
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Still Tomorrow's Going to Be Another Working Day by Amy Griswold  Time: 03m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 09.10|17
(Dystopia) A woman has quit paying the bills for her fertility treatment, so a crew turns up to repossess her third-grader.
The Absence by Robert R. Chase  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 09.10|17
(SF Horror) Hollowell’s genius led to the development of the first space elevator, now nearing completion. What no one knows is that his genius has come at a price.
The Cabinet by William Preston  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 09.10|17
(Historical Fantasy) A fair comes to a small German town around the start of the 20th Century. The “elongated man” exhibit features a giant who supposedly has slept through the ages and can tell the future.
The Care of House Plants by Jeremy Minton  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 09.10|17
(SF Horror) A biotech company sends investigators after a rogue employee. When they find plants bursting out of his house, they expect the worst.
The First Trebuchet on Mars by Marie Vibbert  Time: 06m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 09.10|17
(SF Colony) Jill ‘s trebuchet that can throw rocks across a crater is her first “creative anachronism” to get any real interest from the colony, but is it good for anything?
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The Fourth Hill by Dennis E. Staples1  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 09.10|17
(Native American Modern Fantasy) Callum can talk with native American dwarf spirits, but will they make his problems on the reservation better or worse?
The Hermit of Houston by Samuel R. Delany  Time: 40m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 09.10|17
(SF Epic) The narrator describes his life in a very different North America, where everyone is male.
(Near-Future Fantasy) In the dried-out ruins of an Iowa town, anarchists cope with a demon deer they summoned to protect themselves from “predators” but which seems to have its own definition of the word.
The Last Cheng Beng Gift by Jaymee Goh  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 88
(Fantasy) It pleases Mrs. Lim that her children keep sending her gifts even ten years after her death, but her daughter’s gifts aren’t always appropriate.
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The Library of Lost Things by Matthew Bright  Time: 19m (ShortStory) 08/23/17
(Fantasy) Tom takes a job as an indexer in a library that exists outside of space and time for the purpose of collecting books and manuscripts (among other things) that were lost.
The Lightning Bird by Kristi DeMeester  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 100
(Horror) Gable is just a teenager when her mother dies, but the old women expect her to take her place and do her magic.
The Mathematician by Tom Jolly  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 09.10|17
(Alien SF) Cilketat thinks it’s close to a mathematical breakthrough, but needs more bodies to do the calculations.
The Old Man by Rich Larson  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueAnalog 09.10|17
(Near-Future SF) Brought out of cryo prison to hunt his terrorist father, Zeke descends into the swamps of Louisiana with a lot of weapons and a lot of bad memories.
The Two Choice Foxtrot of Chapham County by Tina Connolly  Time: 04m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 09.10|17
(Slipstream) When an unmarried girl gets pregnant, she gives birth to a stone baby. At least, that’s one of her choices.
Though She Be But Little by C.S.E. Cooney  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 18
(Fantasy Horror) When the world changed and the sky turned silver, magic became real, Emma Anne became a little girl and her neighbor became a pirate. But can a little girl fight off an attack by the Loping Man?
Ugo by Giovanni De Feo1  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 88
(SFF) Ugo can “remember” things from the future, which he shares with Cynthia—including the fact that she’ll be his wife someday.
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unfurl/ed by Jes Rausch  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 08/14/17
(SF) The Arnos power grid has a problem, but the entities that run the power satellite are having difficulties of their own—including not knowing how long ago this problem started.
Universe Box by Michael Swanwick  Time: 33m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 09.10|17
(Slipstream) A man who just stole the universe hides in Howard’s apartment, interrupting his attempt to propose to his girlfriend. Then it gets weird.
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Watershed by Allison Jamieson-Lucy  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 09/11/17
(Fantasy) When Koha sees Ihiteru walking on the river, she persuades her to stay a few days and help her. Riverwalkers never stay long, but she hopes this will be an exception.
We Are Born by Dare Segun Falowo  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 09.10|17
(Modern African Fantasy) Wura has miscarried three times, so she decides to make a child from clay and lightening.
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Zigeuner by Harry Turtledove  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 09.10|17
(Alternate History) A German commander in 1944 supervises the roundup of a group of gypsies in Hungary.

Rating: 2 -> Not Recommended

Arp! Arp! by Christina De La Rocha2  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 09.10|17
(SF Techno Mystery) Monique comes to an ocean platform that extracts phosphorus from sea water to solve the mystery of why the plankton that drive it are dying.
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Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand by Fran Wilde  Time: 06m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 18
(Surreal Horror) Your guide takes you through an exhibit of curiosities—what once would have been called a freak show.
Dire Wolf by Michael J. DeLuca  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 234
(Fantasy) Staggerlee loves a good fight, and wishes Fennario had more dangerous men in it. Then he meets the Wolf in a card game.
Heaven's Covenant by Bud Sparhawk  Time: 1h:11m (Novella)  IssueAnalog 09.10|17
(Colony Ship SF) Larisha is very excited about being part of the crew for new colony ship, but the politics involved in building it takes a lot of the fun out of it.
Henosis by N.K. Jemisin  Time: 06m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 18
(Horror) A famous author gets kidnapped on the eve of a major awards ceremony.
Taste of Marrow by Sarah Gailey  Time: 2h:06m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 09/12/17
(Alternate History) While Adelia and Hero try to rescue Adelia’s kidnapped baby, Archie and Houndstooth try to find Hero.
(Horror) ‘Nisha only has five hours to get across New York to her dead aunt’s apartment before the city comes to throw away all her stuff. She’s not even sure it’s worth it, but they said her aunt was a witch…
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The Man in the Crimson Coat by Andrea Tang2  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 100
(Dystopia) Josefina seeks the android freedom fighter who raised her.
The Sword of Damocles by Norman Spinrad  Time: 33m (Novelette)  IssueAnalog 09.10|17
(Epic SF) The Galactic Eye has found hundreds of alien races, but, so far, humanity has done nothing but count them. That’s about to change.
Tumbledown by Kameron Hurley  Time: 29m (Novelette)  IssueApex 100
(SF Adventure) If Sarai and Khulan can’t get the vaccine to Batbayer settlement, the whole colony may perish from the plague.
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(Alternate History Fantasy) Captions on pictures from a very different WWII than the one in the history books.
Viktor Frankenstein's Bar and Grill and Twenty-Four-Hour Roadside Emporium by Michael F. Flynn  Time: 04m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 09.10|17
(Horror Movie Humor) Larry recounts a night at the bar with his monster friends.

Rating: 1 -> Needs Improvement

Arriving At Terminal: Xi's Story by James Gunn  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 09.10|17
(Space Opera; Transcendental) In which Xi arrives at the space elevator on planet Terminal and we learn all about his history.
Orphans by Craig DeLancey  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueAnalog 09.10|17
(SF Adventure) A crew of 5 wake at Betelgeuse to try to find out why AI probes keep getting destroyed on the surface of a habitable planet.
The Ganymede Gambit: Jan's Story by James Gunn  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 09.10|17
(Space Opera; Transcendental) Jan and his siblings work on a secret base near Jupiter, where they plan to attempt to terraform Ganymede.

Rating: Not Rated

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