Showing posts with label Ratings. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ratings. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Visions, Ventures, Escape Velocities, edited by Ed Finn and Joey Eschrich

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(SF Exploration) Stories on the theme of planetary exploration in the near future. (52,377 words; Time: 2h:54m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Apology & Open Letter Responses


We apologize to all readers and authors we've harmed and offended. Greg has withdrawn from the Locus Recommended Reading List panel.

We apologize for offending non-binary and trans people who use “they” as their pronoun. Our criticism of fictional non-binary characters in stories hurt real people who read and identify with those characters. What we'd previously dismissed as differences of personal preference or as "neutral" linguistic arguments, actually exposed a major blind spot.

We also apologize for trying to "explain" trans people to a cis audience in two reviews (The Black Tides of Heaven & The Red Threads of Fortune). It is not our place to do that no matter how much history Greg had in the LGBT movement, and we should have known that.

Moving forward, we will no longer single out the use of “they” as pronouns for non-binary characters as a Pro or Con of a story. We will treat non-binary characters the same way we treat gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans characters. For existing reviews, we will update each with a correction and comment that links to this post. In general, if people tell us about errors in pronouns or gendering, we’ll thank them for their feedback and correct the errors.

We continue to listen and to learn, and we will do better.

For People Who Are Making Threats: It's come to our attention that some people are making threats against some of the folks who complained about RSR's treatment of trans and non-binary people. This really is not acceptable and we condemn it unconditionally.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Best LGBT Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2015-2016

Update 11/26/17: Miscategorized bisexual story “Seasons of Glass and Iron” as lesbian. Updated both lists.
In addition to regular monthly ratings we’re going to start publishing occasional lists of excellent stories from particular subsets of Science Fiction and Fantasy (SFF). We’ve previously done this for Hard Science Fiction, and this month we’re doing it for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) stories.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Infinite Stars: Definitive Space Opera and Military Science Fiction, edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt

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(Space Opera) Stories drawn from different space-opera series. Intended to showcase the beauty of space opera and attract new readers to those series. (146,594 words; Time: 8h:08m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

November 2017 Ratings

5- & 4-Star Stories: 12;  Estimated Time: 7h:51m (141K words)
Recommended By Stories: 24;  Estimated Time: 13h:13m (238K words)
Total Stories: 77;  Estimated Time: 33h:28m (602K words)
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Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Book of Swords, edited by Gardner Dozois

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(Fantasy Adventure) Sixteen original tales of “Swords and Sorcery” by authors spanning several generations of writers. (181,092 words; Time: 10h:03m)

Rating: ★★★★☆ Lots of Fun

Sunday, October 15, 2017

October 2017 Ratings

5- & 4-Star Stories: 6;  Estimated Time: 5h:08m (93K words)
Recommended By Stories: 12;  Estimated Time: 6h:43m (121K words)
Total Stories: 30;  Estimated Time: 15h:05m (272K words)
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Friday, September 22, 2017

Infinity Wars, edited by Jonathan Strahan

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(Military SF) Fifteen stories that explore the future of war itself. (101,247 words; Time: 5h:37m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

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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Monday, August 28, 2017

WorldCon 75 Takeaways

Eric and Greg inside the convention hall.
Two weeks ago, Eric and I attended WorldCon 75 in Helsinki, Finland. I'll discuss things of interest to readers of short fiction and fans of the Hugo Awards first, and I'll leave the personal stuff to the end.

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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Friday, August 4, 2017

Rocket Stack Rank at WorldCon75

We'll be at WorldCon75 in Helsinki from Wednesday, August 9 through Sunday, August 13, and we hope to meet some of our faithful readers and pass out RSR ribbons.

We plan to attend the morning "Stroll with the Stars" every day that one is offered. (Friday, 9:00 AM; Saturday 9:00 AM; Sunday 9:00 AM)

Beyond that, Greg will be on the following four panels. We'd be delighted for you to attend and then come up to chat right after.
  • Artificial Intelligence in Real Life and SF (Friday, 10:00 AM)
  • Short Fiction (Friday, 1:00 PM)
  • The State of Machine Translation (Saturday, 6:00PM)
  • The Power of the Reviewer: Promoting and Hiding Diverse Voices (Sunday, 4:00 PM)
Check the program schedule for the locations of these.

We'll also try to attend the File 770 meetups on Wednesday at 12:00 and Thursday at 6:00 PM.  Follow the link to find out the planned locations.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

July 2017 Ratings

5 & 4 Stories: 11;  Estimated Time: 8h:36m (155K words)
Recommended By Stories: 23;  Estimated Time: 14h:47m (266K words)
Total Stories: 73;  Estimated Time: 33h:01m (594K words)
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Hard Science Fiction in 2016

It has been eighteen months since we explored the Health of Hard Science Fiction in 2015 (Short Fiction), so we're overdue to take a look at 2016. This report divides into three sections:

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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Monday, June 12, 2017

Behind the Mask: An Anthology of Heroic Proportions, edited by Tricia Reeks and Kyle Anderson

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(Superhero) A collection of superhero stories focused on the (super)human condition. (78,222 words; Time: 4h:20m)

Rating: ★★★★☆ Recommended

Monday, June 5, 2017

Annotated 2017 Sturgeon Award Finalists

Here are the annotated 2017 and 2016 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award Finalists for short fiction.

Annotations include time estimates, links to the story on the author’s website (if available), author links with Campbell Award-eligibility marked (superscript for year 1 or 2), blurbs for RSR-reviewed stories, links to reviews, and links to digital back issues (of print magazines) at eBookstores and library websites.

There are also the RSR annotated Locus Reading List, Nebula Award Nominees, and Hugo Award Finalists for short fiction.

Monday, May 15, 2017

May 2017 Ratings

5 & 4 Stories: 12;  Estimated Time: 8h:05m (146K words)
Recommended By Stories: 25;  Estimated Time: 12h:19m (222K words)
Total Stories: 71;  Estimated Time: 30h:59m (558K words)
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Story Lengths and Awards: When Does Size Matter?

In a May 7, 2017 blog post about the Hugo Award finalists for Best Novella, anthologist Rich Horton noted that "the print magazines were completely shut out of the Hugos this year" and wondered why that was the case even for novellas. Unlike in the novelette and short-story categories, it's not a case of free online stories competing with stories in magazines that you have to pay for. Nearly all the serious novellas published in 2016 had to be paid for.

I argued that it's because the print magazines have a lower cutoff for novella length, and that awards tend to go to longer stories--at least for short fiction.

But is that really true, and is it true in all three short-fiction categories?


Let's look at the 2016 data for novellas (click charts to enlarge them):

Novellas in 2016

Monday, May 1, 2017

April 2017 Ratings

5- & 4-Star Stories: 12;  Estimated Time: 7h:21m (132K words)
Recommended By Stories: 14;  Estimated Time: 8h:07m (146K words)
Total Stories: 35;  Estimated Time: 15h:04m (271K words)
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