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)
2018: Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
[Best stories before 2018 available at the RSR Library.]

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: 2;  Estimated Time: 2h:32m (46K words)
Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire  Time: 2h:10m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 01/09/18
(Portal Fantasy; Wayward Children) Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children caters to children who went to a portal world, came back, and can’t cope. No one planned on the arrival of a child born in a portal world, much less one asking for help—from a dea
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [5]  Recommended By: RSR+2
Sour Milk Girls by Erin Roberts2  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 136
(Near-Future SF) Fourteen-year-old Ghost gave up on finding a foster family a long time ago. She’s just waiting until she turns 18 and can leave “the Agency.” Then a new girl turns up—one who can actually remember her life before she was sent there.

Rating: 4 -> Recommended

Stories: 12;  Estimated Time: 6h:00m (108K words)
A List of Forty-Nine Lies by Steven Fisher2  Time: 01m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 01.02|18
(Dystopia) Levi is not telling this story. He is not a freedom fighter—the world is so perfect no one needs to be a freedom fighter. Secrets don’t exist anymore.
Air Gap by Eric Cline  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 01.02|18
(Near-Future SF) You travel to visit an AI so powerful that it has to be isolated from all possible contact with modern technology.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR+1 SFRevu+1
An Aria for the Bloodlords by Hannah Strom-Martin  Time: 33m (Novelette)  IssueBCS 242
(High Fantasy) As a composer, D’Isle  knows that the Bloodlords tightly control music because it can attract demons from the forest. He’s alarmed when his new prima donna starts improvising illegally.
Assassin in the Clouds by Robert R. Chase  Time: 33m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|18
(Near-Future SF Adventure) The narrator boards an aerostat for a leisurely aerial cruise, but his job is to protect the life of a scientist, and he has no idea why anyone wants to kill him.
Big Mother by Anya Ow  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 01/01/18
(Modern Fantasy) The narrator and her friends go fishing for snakehead in a stream in Singapore, but the biggest one is something more than just a fish.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR+1
Home on the Free Range by Holly Schofield  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 01.02|18
(Colony SF) On planet Skale, the seasons are three years long, and as winter ends, Jadey finds that spring brings real challenges to the ranch she works on.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR+1
In the Lost City of Leng by Rudy Rucker and Paul Di Filippo  Time: 1h:11m (Novella)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|18
(Lovecraft Pastiche) In 1933, Doug quits his job to go on an expedition to Antarctica to kill the Great Shoggoth and retrieve the priceless treasures of the lost city of Leng.
Jewel of the Heart by Matthew Hughes  Time: 1h:15m (Novella)  IssueF&SF 01.02|18
(Fantasy Adventure; Baldemar) Baldemar is just a young henchman for the mage Thelerion, but he’s the only one who can wear the Helm of Sagacity, and right at the moment, they’re doomed without its help. But that help comes at a price.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR+1 SFRevu+1
Mother Tongues by S. Qiouyi Lu  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|18
(Near-Future SF) A Chinese woman living in the Bay Area needs to raise money to get her daughter into Stanford. She tries to sell her English-language proficiency, but even after fifteen years, it’s not good enough. But her native fluency in Mandarin is w
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR+1 SFRevu+1
The Donner Party by Dale Bailey  Time: 34m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 01.02|18
(Alternate History Horror) In this version of 19th-Century England, only the upper classes are entitled to eat human flesh once a year in a special ceremony.
The Equationist by J.D. Moyer  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 01.02|18
(Math Fantasy) Niall had a powerful gift for math, starting as a child. So powerful he can identify people with equations and predict their futures.
(Modern Fantasy) Jamie’s a non-binary teenager in a small town, but they remember at least a dozen past lives, one of which relates to a forty-year-old murder.

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: 14;  Estimated Time: 6h:17m (113K words)
A Cigarette Burn In Your Memory by Bo Balder  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 136
(Apocalypse) After memory-loss plague strikes the world, Gouda helps clients track missing family members they can barely remember—even though she can’t even remember her own last name.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu+1
A Feather in Her Cap by Mary Robinette Kowal  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 01.02|18
(Mannerpunk) Biantera doesn’t make enough in her hat business, so she moonlights as an assassin. A customer has stiffed her, so she decides to teach him a lesson.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu+1
Asylum of Cuckoos by Lila Bowen  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 104
(Alternate History Fantasy Adventure) In a wild West with magic, Rhett and his crew of rangers run into trouble in a town where the local sheriff thinks Rhett is an escaped horse thief.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu+1
Blurred Lives by Adam-Troy Castro  Time: 1h:14m (Novella)  IssueAnalog 01.02|18
(SF Adventure; Andrea Cort) Draiken and Thorne seek out a torturer they once knew in hopes he can lead them to surviving leaders of the organizations they once worked for but are now sworn to destroy.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu+2
Endless City by David Gerrold  Time: 32m (Novelette)  IssueAnalog 01.02|18
(SF Mystery) The hard-boiled narrator runs investigations in cyberspace and reality. This time they’ve got a murder to solve, and it’s proving a challenge—even though they saw it happen.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu+1
Galatea in Utopia by Nick Wolven  Time: 35m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 01.02|18
(SF) On a whim, Rick decides to make himself 100% female for a night out with friends, but he meets a special guy who falls in love with “her” and he’s not sure he wants to be female for him all the time.
Neanderthals by Gardner Dozois  Time: 07m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 01.02|18
(Near-Future SF) The narrator is a cyborg hitman, but the target is guarded by two Neanderthals, either of whom would be a challenge to defeat.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton+1
Sea of Dreams by Cixin Liu  Time: 38m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|18
(Epic SF) The Low-Temperature Artist arrives from outer space, with plans for a fantastic work of art made of ice. He won’t talk to any Earth people but ice sculptor Yan Dong, who struggles to get the alien not to use up all the water for his sculpture.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu+2
Solicited Discordance by Matthew Hughes  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|18
(SF Adventure) A rich aristocrat hires Kaslo to track down her young heir, who has gone off to a wild, dangerous continent with an off-world woman he barely knows.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu+1
Suite for Accompanied Cello by Tamara Vardomskaya  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 242
(Clockwork Fantasy) Rielle accepts an offer from her husband’s rival to play accompaniment for his daughter in a competition. They need the money, but there’s something too perfect about this daughter.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: JMcGregor+1
Ten and Ten by Alan Dean Foster  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 01.02|18
(Hard SF) Claire is sure she can teach sign language to cuttlefish, but progress has been slow and her grant is running out.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: JMcGregor+2
The Court Magician by Sarah Pinsker  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 92
(High Fantasy) In which we learn how the new court magician was recruited and find out how even a “market rat” can qualify. We learn that there is real magic, but it comes with a price.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton+2
The Hydraulic Emperor by Arkady Martine  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 20
(SF Adventure) Mallory Iheji would do anything to watch her favorite artist’s lost movie, “The Hydraulic Emperor.” But what would she really sacrifice for it?
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: JMcGregor+2
The Journeyman: Through Madness Gap by Michael F. Flynn  Time: 49m (Novelette)  IssueAnalog 01.02|18
(SF Adventure; The Journeyman) Teo has command of some forces for the invasion of Yavalprawns, but they’re only half-trained, so he and Sammi look for a way to sneak through a forgotten pass and take the enemy by surprise.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu+1

Rating: 2 -> Not Recommended

Stories: 5;  Estimated Time: 1h:16m (23K words)
A Night Out at a Nice Place by Nick Mamatas  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 104
(Surreal SF) A godlike being descended from human uploads downloads into a “limbsuit” and goes slumming with real human beings aka has a date.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: JMcGregor+1
Margin of Error by Paul Carlson  Time: 02m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 01.02|18
(SF) James and Dick would do anything to get their candidate elected. Well, almost anything.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: JMcGregor+1
The Heaven-Moving Way by Chi Hui  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 104
(Hard SF Adventure) Zhang Xuan steals a starship to go hunt for her brother Kai, who went off to look for living alien civilizations in the galactic core and never came back.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: SFRevu+1
The Lighthouse Girl by Bao Shu  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 136
(Uncanny SF) Rourou is a Chinese little girl who loves her papa but wonders what happened to her momma. And why she can’t remember anything before age 5. And why she speaks fluent English.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: SFRevu+1
The Streets of Babel by Adam-Troy Castro  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 92
(Allegory) A man in the countryside is scooped up by one of the “living cities” which immediately impresses him into its workforce.

Rating: 1 -> Needs Improvement

Stories: 1;  Estimated Time: 14m (4K words)
Consciousness: 4107's Story by James Gunn  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|18
(SF Background) In which we learn the history of the intelligent plants of planet Flora and how 4107 came to travel to planet Terminal.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [1]  Recommended By: SFRevu+1

Rating: Not Rated

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