Year-To-Date

Year-To-Date by Rating (Recommended stories grouped by RSR Rating)
Year-To-Date by Score (Recommended stories grouped by Score)
Year-To-Date by Magazine (Recommended stories grouped by Magazine)
2017: Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Year-To-Date by Rating

The year’s 5-star and 4-star stories recommended by Rocket Stack Rank are listed below like the monthly ratings.
The 3-star, 2-star, 1-star, and Not Rated stories are filtered to show only the ones recommended by other reviewers.


Rating: 5 -> Hugo-worthy

Stories: 4;  Estimated Time: 5h:00m (90K words)
And Then There Were (N-One) by Sarah Pinsker  Time: 1h:03m (Novella)  IssueUncanny 15
(SF Mystery) The inventor of trans-multiverse travel invites hundreds of instances of herself to a conference. It’s great fun until one gets murdered.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [5]  Recommended By: RSR:5
Concessions by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali2  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueStrange Horizons 03/06/17
(Near-Future SFF) Bilqis,  the only real doctor in a dying community of religious exiles, finds something strange when she examines a pregnant woman.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [5]  Recommended By: RSR:5
Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire  Time: 2h:08m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 01/10/17
(Horror) Jenna has lived in New York City ever since she died forty years ago. Now something is happening to New York City’s ghosts, and she’s determined to find out what and stop it—if it doesn’t find her first.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [5]  Recommended By: RSR:5
Nexus by Michael F. Flynn  Time: 1h:21m (Novella)  IssueAnalog 03.04|17
(Time Travel) A time traveler, an immortal, an android, a telepath, and a variety of space aliens meet at cross purposes in modern America.

Rating: 4 -> Recommended

Stories: 18;  Estimated Time: 10h:07m (182K words)
A Series of Steaks by Vina Jie-Min Prasad1  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 124
(Chinese SF) A blackmailer forces Helena to make entire fake steaks for him or else he’ll tell the authorities about her business printing fake beef for shady restaurants. She’s never tried to make a whole steak though.
Auspicium Melioris Aevi by JY Yang  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 15
(SF) Harry, a clone of Lee Kwan Yew, was on track to graduate until decided to start improvising.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4
Crimson Birds of Small Miracles by Sean Monaghan  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|17
(SF) C.J. brings his dying daughter to Ariosto to see Crimson Birds, an art installation that includes a vast flock of artificial birds.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 SFRevu:5
Dall's Last Message by Antha Ann Adkins1  Time: 07m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 01.02|17
(SF) Dal approaches the end of it's life and wishes to leave a worthy message to posterity--if the waterwraiths will leave it alone long enough.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 SFRevu:4
Ecuador vs. the Bug-Eyed Monsters by Jay Werkheiser  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 03.04|17
(SF Sports) On an alien spaceship, the Ecuadorian football team plays against France for the World Cup. But the stakes may be a lot higher.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 SFRevu:4
Gravity's Exile by Grace Seybold  Time: 30m (Novelette)  IssueBCS 219
(High Fantasy) Jeone has been descending the World Cliff for years, but she's never seen a town quite as strange as Shasten Dhu.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4
Mira's Last Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold  Time: 1h:33m (Novella)  IssueMira's Last Dance 2017
(High Fantasy; Five Gods) Gravely injured, out of money, and pursued by the imperial government, Penric needs to get himself and his two companions out of the country, despite them being so recognizable.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4
Necessary Illusions by Tom Greene  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 01.02|17
(Colony-Planet SF) When Iolus refuses demands that it become part of the empire, the imperial agents are much too smart to destroy the planet, but they’re definitely up to something.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 RHorton:5
Nine-Tenths of the Law by Molly Tanzer  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 80
(SF) Donna’s cold and distant husband has an industrial accident the day she planned to leave him, so she stays to nurse him back to health. After that, he’s different—in ways she likes.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 RHorton:5
Probably Still the Chosen One by Kelly Barnhill  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 81
(Portal Fantasy) Corinna was eleven when her magical journey to the Land of Nibiru ended with her returning to her kitchen at home. Now she’s waiting for her friends to return for her. Probably.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 RHorton:5
Queen of Dirt by Nisi Shawl  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 93
(Contemporary Fantasy; Brit Williams) Teenage Brit enjoys teaching little kids at a Seattle Experience Outreach camp, even though she senses that something evil haunts the abandoned bunkers up the hill.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4
Soulmates.com by Will McIntosh  Time: 51m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 03.04|17
(Near-Future SF) Daniel, a lonely grad student in Athens, Georgia, meets the girl of his dreams through an online matching service. Now if he can just get her to meet in person . . .
The Atonement Tango by Stephen Leigh  Time: 50m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 01/18/17
(Superhero SF; Wild Cards) Michael “Drummer boy”  Vogali seeks vengeance on the terrorists who maimed him and killed most of his band and many of his fans.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4
(Cambodian Horror/Mystery) Thirteen years after Dara’s sister Sopha disappeared, a foreign film crew comes to their village asking awkward questions about what really happened to the little girl.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4
The Proving Ground by Alec Nevala-Lee  Time: 57m (Novelette)  IssueAnalog 01.02|17
(Hard SF) Haley hopes the "colony" on Bikini island will let her people survive sea-level rise, but a problem with local birds presents an unexpected threat.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 RHorton:5
The Speed of Belief by Robert Reed  Time: 1h:07m (Novella)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|17
(Far-Future SF; Great Ship) To secure a deal with a world ruled by what appear to be intelligent rivers, the Great Ship sends three representatives on a long, sub-light-speed mission. By the time they get there, things don’t look so rosy.
The Thule Stowaway by Maria Dahvana Headley  Time: 38m (Novelette)  IssueUncanny 14
(Fantasy Horror) Edgar Allan Poe’s writing has brought a creature into this world and it inhabits a young woman who wants to be rid of it. It has its own agenda.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4
Vinegar and Cinnamon by Nina Kiriki Hoffman  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 01.02|17
(Rural Fantasy) Sam is a good boy who works hard on the family farm, although he does tease his little sister Maura. She’s not a bad girl, but one time she got mad and turned him into a rat.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 SFRevu:4

The 3-star, 2-star, 1-star, and Not Rated stories are filtered to show only the ones recommended by other reviewers.

Rating: 3 -> Average

Stories: 38;  Estimated Time: 16h:01m (289K words)
A Singular Event in the Fourth Dimension by Andrea M. Pawley  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 03.04|17
(SF) Olive’s parents are having a baby soon, and she fears they won’t need an android daughter after that.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
After the Harvest, Before the Fall by Scott Edelman  Time: 37m (Novelette)  IssueAnalog 01.02|17
(SF) Daniel greets new children and prepares his flock for harvest, but his successor is proving a problem.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Briz by Jay Werkheiser  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 01.02|17
(Alien SF) When the alien starship has an accident, they have to skip their original target star and find a new one. That turns out to be a hard decision to make.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Catching Zeus by Tom Jolly  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 01.02|17
(Hard SF) Red and Churro look for naturally-occuring superconducters in the cold Canadian winter, but the competition is really murder.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Cupido by Rich Larson  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 03.04|17
(Near-Future SF) Marcel surreptitiously sprays people with pheromones to make them fall in love with his clients. He’s not supposed to get attached to them himself.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton:4
Death Every Seventy-Two Minutes by Adam-Troy Castro  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 82
(Horror) Every 72 minutes, Negelein has a vision of his own death. They don’t hurt him, but they’re so vivid, they’re ruining his life.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Destination by Jack Skillingstead  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|17
(SF Dystopia) Brad has a cushy job inside the Seattle Exclusive Zone, and he’s not eager to participate in a game where a car takes you to an unknown destination, but the company is making everyone play. But is it even a game?
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton:4
Dunnage for the Soul by Robert Reed  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 01.02|17
(SF) When scientists find a way to test people and animals for what everyone assumes are souls, the narrator feels left out because he’s one of the people without one.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Everyone Gets A Happy Ending by Julie C. Day  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 268
(Apocalypse) A virus causes women to give birth to rabbits. Kendra flees Ohio with her girlfriend Steph when they learn Steph is infected.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Extracurricular Activities by Yoon Ha Lee  Time: 47m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 02/15/17
(Space Opera; Machineries of Empire) A Heptarchate undercover mission lead by one of Jedao’s friends has gone missing, so Jedao goes undercover to try and rescue them.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton:5
Homecoming by Rachel Pollack  Time: 1h:15m (Novella)  IssueF&SF 01.02|17
(Urban Fantasy; Jack Shade) Carol has always felt a piece of her was missing, so she hires supernatural investigator Jack Shade, to find it. It seems simple enough, but quickly becomes much more than simple soul retrieval.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
How Bees Fly by Simone Heller1  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 125
(Post-Apocalypse) Just before a chemstorm strikes, Salpe encounters two demons between her community and the bee hives. They don’t act like the demons in the stories, though.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton:5
Interchange by Gary Kloster  Time: 39m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 124
(Near-Future SF) Inside a reverse stasis bubble, a work crew can take six months to build a new interchange while no time passes outside. No one’s quite sure what can happen if something goes wrong, though.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: GDozois:4
Losing Heart Among the Tall by A.M. Dellamonica  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 02/22/17
(High Fantasy; Stormwrack) Gale and Parrish solve a mystery involving a dead merman, a missing magical artifact, and their captain, who only wants to retire in peace.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton:4
Mag, the Habitat and We by Lia Swope Mitchell  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 92
(Horror) A city inspection in a week creates a crisis for the small creatures who scurry around Mag’s house. They think she’s their mother. She thinks they’re rats, when she thinks about them at all.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Milla by Lorenzo Crescentini2 and Emanuela Valentini1  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 124
(SF) As Marek surveys Shiva, the most Earth-like planet yet discovered, he chats with an AI named “Milla,” the sole survivor of a long vanished civilization.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Next Station, Shibuya by Iori Kusano1  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 92
(Modern Fantasy) Nagiko lives in Tokyo and loves to explore her city. Her city loves her too and has plans for her.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
One Way by Rick Norwood  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 01.02|17
(Hard SF) Harvey’s theory predicts a one-way filter is possible, letting matter through in only one direction. In practice, there are a few really important safety issues he should have worried about.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Rain Ship by Chi Hui  Time: 47m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 125
(Post-Human) Jin is a mercenary hired to protect archeologists investigating an ancient ship built by the extinct human race.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton:5
Seven Salt Tears by Kat Howard  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 80
(Fantasy) As a girl, Mara learned that you need to cry seven tears into the sea to summon a selkie. She’s always felt more a sea creature than a land creature anyway.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Soccer Fields and Frozen Lakes by Greg Kurzawa  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 82
(Near-future SFF) After the government rules he isn't really human, Chris loses his human wife and hybrid kids.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton:5
Soliloquy in a Cheap Dinner Off Route 66 by James Beamon  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 92
(Time Manipulation) Lolonyo keeps rewinding his initial meeting with Aliza, sure he can eventually make it perfect.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Tagging Bruno by Allen M. Steele  Time: 41m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|17
(Planetary SF; Coyote) A scientific team tagging “boids” in the wilderness on Coyote copes with equipment that’s falling apart, a drunken leader, and the man-eating, flightless birds themselves.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Ten Half-Pennies by Matthew Hughes  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 03.04|17
(High Fantasy) Young Baldemar gets a favor from a moneylender’s hired muscle. The challenge is paying it back.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
The Avenger by Albert E. Cowdrey  Time: 34m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 03.04|17
(Modern Fantasy) Jeanne hires Mr. Warlock because no normal attorney could cope with the problems her late husband’s crooked relatives are causing her.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
The Catastrophe Of Cities by Lisa Goldstein  Time: 30m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|17
(Horror) As kids, Lila and Beth had adventures exploring mysterious houses with strange rooms and scary occupants. Forty years later, Beth tries to discover whatever happened to those houses—and to her friend.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:5
The Dark Birds by Ursula Vernon  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueApex 92
(Horror) There are always three sisters. When one gets big, Father eats her, and Mother has a new baby. This is the story of how that cycle ended.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
The Human Way by Tony Ballantyne  Time: 32m (Novelette)  IssueAnalog 03.04|17
(Military SF) A terrorist group has kidnapped an alien, and Serena’s team need to find them and free it before it’s too late.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton:4
The Last Garden by Jack Skillingstead  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 81
(Post-Apocalypse) Casey’s only companion on the Airforce base is a robot, which is determined to protect her. That includes keeping her from investigating frozen clones that might survive in a distant vault.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton:5
The Man Who Put the Bomp by Richard Chwedyk  Time: 1h:33m (Novella)  IssueF&SF 03.04|17
(Near-Future SF) Danner investigates a problem at the house where little dinosaur toys are housed since they were recalled for being too intelligent.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
The Meiosis of Cells and Exile by Octavia Cade  Time: 35m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|17
(Historical Fantasy) On the train from Moscow to exile in Dzhambul, Lina Stern is visited by three younger versions of herself.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
The Ones Who Know Where They Are Going by Sarah Pinsker  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 03.04|17
(Fantasy) You have lain in your cell long enough to forget how to walk. Then you see sunlight and realize someone has left the door open.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton:5
The Stone Lover by Marta Randall  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 82
(Fantasy Erotica) The new queen wants a beautiful male statue carved to satisfy her desires.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
The Toymaker's Daughter by Arundhati Hazra1  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 03.04|17
(Fairy Tale) As she paints them, the girl makes up stories about the wooden toys her father carves, unaware that she’s filling them with magic.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Three Can Keep a Secret... by Bill Johnson and Gregory Frost  Time: 31m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 03.04|17
(SF Thriller) A resourceful assassin from Earth comes to an unnamed planet on a mission to double-cross someone.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Throw Me a Bone by Stanley Schmidt  Time: 03m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 01.02|17
(Paleontology SF) The Titanosaur bone destroyed Bill’s career because its isolation smacked of fraud. But there had to be another explanation.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Two Ways of Living by Robert Reed  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 126
(Near-Future SF) Each sleep takes Artemus two years closer to his goal, but he wakes up weak and starving after each one, and he doesn’t need nosey neighbors bothering him while he recovers.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Winter Timeshare by Ray Nayler  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|17
(SF) Regina and Ilkay take an annual holiday together in Istanbul, renting “blank” bodies for the occasion.

Rating: 2 -> Not Recommended

Stories: 5;  Estimated Time: 2h:54m (52K words)
Concerning the Devastation Wrought by the Nefarious Gray Comma and Its Ilk: A Men In Tie-Dye Adventure by Tim McDaniel  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 03.04|17
(SF Humor) Austin catches some men in tie-dye costumes digging up his plants in the middle of the night.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Goodnight, Melancholy by Xia Jia  Time: 39m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 126
(AI) The narrator’s therapy includes some cute little robots that help cheer her up.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Split Signal by Joel Richards  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 01.02|17
(Mind Uploading) Is an uploaded personality a legal person? Is it kidnapping to make a copy? Is it murder if the original hires a hit man to target the copier?
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Tao Zero by Damien Broderick  Time: 1h:13m (Novella)  IssueAsimov's 03.04|17
(SF) Someone has attacked New York and MIT, and 16-year-old Shipton is caught in the middle of it.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: RHorton:5
The Ghost Ship Anastasia by Rich Larson  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 124
(Hard SF) Things look bad for the repair crew, come to fix an unresponsive space ship. Their AI expert is all doped up, mourning his sister who died in transit, and the AI isn’t broken—it’s insane.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: GDozois:4

Rating: 1 -> Needs Improvement

Stories: 5;  Estimated Time: 3h:04m (55K words)
Fatherbond by Tom Purdom  Time: 40m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|17
(Planetary SF) After taking fifty years to reach planet Kendavala, colonists are disappointed to find strict regulations on where they can settle. But is anyone actually going to enforce those rules?
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [1]  Recommended By: GDozois:4
Plaisir d'Amour by John Alfred Taylor  Time: 1h:14m (Novella)  IssueAnalog 03.04|17
(Utopian SF) Ben visits an asteroid mining ship to study the people who live on it, and he falls in love.
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(Old West Fantasy) Six-gun rides into Dead Gulch and finds the townspeople don’t like “her kind,” but they have a mission for her: to kill the Dead Coon Trashgang.
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Starphone by Stephen Baxter  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|17
(Climate SF) Keely inherits an advanced robot from her eccentric aunt.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [1]  Recommended By: GDozois:4
The Shallowest Waves by Thoraiya Dyer and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 01.02|17
(Hard SF) Charlotte dreams of seeding Europa with life, if only she can find someone to fund it.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [1]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4

Rating: Not Rated

Stories: 0;  Estimated Time: 0h:0m (0K words)

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