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

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

News & Highlights

πŸ”ŽFinding a Science-Fiction/Fantasy Magazine to Subscribe To

Diversity in Outstanding SF/F Short Fiction
Stories with 🌈LGBT people: 2017 2016
Stories by πŸ“šPeople of Color: 2017 2016

Monthly Ratings & Annual Outstanding Selections
πŸ“…2019: Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
πŸ†Best SF/F: 2018 2017 2016 2015
πŸš€Hard SF: 2017 2016 2015
✨High Fantasy: 2016-2017
😱SF/F Horror: 2016-2017

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

May 2019 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 10; Time & Words: [6h:14m] πŸ’¬112K
Recommended By Stories: → Due next month
Total Stories: 82; Time & Words: [33h] πŸ’¬597K
Read How to Use RSR on the sidebar or this link to use this post.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

April 2019 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 4; Time & Words: [1h:30m] πŸ’¬27K
Recommended By Stories: 16; Time & Words: [5h:42m] πŸ’¬103K
Total Stories: 34; Time & Words: [14h] πŸ’¬263K
Read How to Use RSR on the sidebar or this link to use this post.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Everything Change, Volume II, edited by Angie Dell and Joey Eschrich

[Anthology]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Climate SF) This year’s finalists for Arizona State University’s Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest (42,489 words; Time: 2h:21m)

Although this is an anthology, it is offered free online, both as eBook downloads and as web pages for the individual stories.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Annotated 2019 Hugo Award Finalists

Update 5/19/19: Tagged 3 πŸ†Nebula Award winners (click link to highlight), 3 πŸ†Analog and 3 πŸ†Asimov's Readers Poll winners. (More)

Here is the annotated 2019 Hugo Award finalists list, merged with RSR's 2018 Best SF/F list (aka our aggregated list of "outstanding" stories) for the first time, with the finalists highlighted in red, and sorted by score.

Observations

In the six sections below, the links support the claims in the text by jumping to a view of the table that highlights the stories and data being discussed.

2019 Hugo Award Finalist

Thank you for nominating Rocket Stack Rank for the 2019 Hugo Award for Best Fanzine! We deeply appreciate the continuing loyalty of our readers, and we look forward to continuing to serve you.

For New Visitors

If you haven't heard of us before, RSR consolidates recommendations from prolific SF/F short fiction reviewers (including RSR) in our monthly ratings, anthology ratings, and year-to-date ratings. For the best from past years, check out the News & Highlights section.

Read How to use RSR on the right sidebar or at this link for more details.

You can follow RSR on Twitter, Facebook, RSS, or e-mail.

Retrospective

Eric and I started Rocket Stack Rank in 2015, right after Sasquan, where the short-fiction awards were ruined by a small group who exploited a flaw in the nominating rules to fill the ballot with a "slate" of low-quality works written by authors with right-wing politics. We thought a properly-designed web site could make it a lot easier for fans to find things to nominate for the Hugos.

From that beginning, we've read, rated, and reviewed over 3,000 stories. We've incorporated information from other reviewers, from anthologies, and from awards to compute a composite score to help readers identify outstanding stories without having to depend on our own ratings. We created a page describing all the legal ways to get hold of copies of older science-fiction/fantasy stories. And, in general, we're always looking for more things to add to the site that might benefit our readers.

We've learned an awful lot in in the past four years, but the most important lesson is that if you take care of your readers, they'll take care of you. Thank you again for remembering us this year, and we hope to see some of you in Dublin!


Friday, March 15, 2019

March 2019 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 11; Time & Words: [6h:45m] πŸ’¬122K
Recommended By Stories: 37; Time & Words: [14h] πŸ’¬268K
Total Stories: 75; Time & Words: [27h] πŸ’¬500K
Read How to Use RSR on the sidebar or this link to use this post.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Annotated 2018 Sturgeon Award Finalists

Update 5/19/19: Tagged 3 πŸ†Nebula Award winners (click link to highlight), 3 πŸ†Analog and 3 πŸ†Asimov's Readers Poll winners. (More)

Here is the annotated 2018 Sturgeon Award finalists list, merged with RSR's 2018 Best SF/F list (aka our aggregated list of "outstanding" stories) for the first time, with the finalists highlighted in red, and sorted by score.

The combination lets us analyze the Sturgeon finalists to see which stories that were broadly recognized as outstanding were left out, which magazines were over- or under-represented, how many were Campbell-eligible, and how RSR's own recommendations stack up with the Sturgeon Award jurors in general. As with every RSR annotated list, there are links galore to the stories, their authors, the magazines, any award nominations/wins or "year's best" anthology inclusions, and search-links to find other reviews.

If you want to skip the analysis and just start reading, click here (to highlight free stories).

Friday, February 15, 2019

February 2019 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 13; Time & Words: [7h:55m] πŸ’¬143K
Recommended By Stories: 32; Time & Words: [13h] πŸ’¬243K
Total Stories: 60; Time & Words: [24h] πŸ’¬443K
Read How to Use RSR on the sidebar or this link to use this post.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Annotated 2018 Locus Reading List for Short Fiction

Update 5/19/19: Tagged 3 πŸ†Nebula Award winners (click link to highlight), 3 πŸ†Analog and 3 πŸ†Asimov's Readers Poll winners. (More)

Here is the annotated 2018 Locus Recommended Reading List for short fiction, merged with RSR's 2018 Best SF/F list (aka our aggregated list of "outstanding" stories) for the first time, with stories from the Locus list highlighted in red, and sorted by score.

The combination lets us analyze the Locus list to see which stories that were broadly recognized as outstanding were left out, which magazines were over- or under-represented, which authors did particularly well (or not), how many were Campbell-eligible, and how RSR's own recommendations stack up with Locus reviewers in general. As with every RSR annotated list, there are links galore to the stories, their authors, the magazines, any award nominations/wins or "year's best" anthology inclusions, and search-links to find other reviews.

Anyone can vote for the Locus Awards at this link. Due date is Monday April 15, 2019.

If you want to skip the analysis and just start reading, click here (to highlight free stories).

Friday, January 25, 2019

Pro Artists from ISFDB Novels 2018

Based on some conversations on File 770 about better ways to find candidates for the Best Professional Artist Hugo Award, we decided to try using the Internet Speculative Fiction Database (ISFDB) as a source.  The result is spectacular, but maybe a bit overwhelming, so we decided not to try to integrate it with our regular Pro Artists page this year. Instead, we're treating this as an experiment and inviting feedback on how we might best use this wealth of data in the future to help people who're trying to find professional artists to nominate

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

SF/F Ballots For Stories From 2018

Here are links to ballots for various SF/F awards, 6 that are open to all, and 4 that are open to members of a convention or association.

The magazine-specific awards come with a longlist link to all stories published by each magazine, with blurbs to help you remember the ones you've read and scores to guide further reading.

For the general awards, see the outstanding stories at the 2018 Best SF/F page, grouped by length (novella, novelette, short story), by publication, by new writer (year 1, year 2), or by author.

Awards in bold are currently available for voting.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

2019 Professional Artists

To help people make nominations for the 2019 Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist, we have set up a "lightbox" system to let fans quickly flip through over 300 works by over 100 artists listed below and to set aside the ones they particularly liked. Here's how it works:
  1. In the artist list below, click on a thumbnail image. The lighbox should open, showing a larger image of the work.
  2. If you like the picture, ctrl-click (or long-press) the artist's name above it. That will reopen this page in a new tab with that artist's information at the top.
  3. Press the right-arrow key (or tap the picture) to advance to the next picture.
  4. Once you've looked at all the pictures, go through the tabs you opened. For most artists there's a link to their website where you can find a gallery of their work.
  5. Browse the gallery and see if the picture you liked was representative of their work as a whole.
  6. Close the tabs of the ones you liked least.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Robots vs. Fairies, edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe

[Anthology]
★★★★☆ Recommended

(Mixed) Not stories about robots fighting against fairies but rather a set of nine robot-themed stories interleaved with nine fairy-themed stories with the reader to judge which is the victor. (103,935 words; Time: 5h:46m)


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Twelve Tomorrows 5, edited by Wade Roush

[Anthology]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Hard SF) A hard-sf anthology, aimed at reembodying “the best aspects of the hard-SF craft in the mode of Asimov, Heinlein, and Clarke without bringing back its worst.” Plausible, hopeful stories with diverse characters. (82,995 words; Time: 4h:36m)


January 2019 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 18; Time & Words: [9h:51m] πŸ’¬177.3K
Recommended By Stories: 51; Time & Words: [24h] πŸ’¬436.9K
Total Stories: 90; Time & Words: [37h] πŸ’¬675K
Read How to Use RSR on the sidebar or this link to use this post.

It's now 2019 and the stories you flag/rate here will be in the 2019 My Ratings page (except the anthologies Twelve Tomorrows and The Book of Magic, which are from 2018). However, the My Ratings tab will continue to be for 2018 stories until Feb 1, 2019.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Finding a Science-Fiction/Fantasy Magazine to Subscribe To

People interested in short science fiction and fantasy often ask for help picking an SF/F magazine to subscribe to, particularly at the start of the year when they're thinking in terms of New Year's resolutions. Different people have different tastes, of course, but after four years of reading and reviewing, Rocket Stack Rank is in a good position to offer some general advice.

Overview

First we're going to discuss why anyone would want to subscribe to magazines when so much is available online for free. Then we'll describe the eleven magazines that Rocket Stack Rank regularly reads and reviews. Next we'll briefly discuss what other magazines are out there and why we picked the eleven we follow. Finally, we'll wrap up with an invitation to readers (and editors) to share their thoughts about these magazines or others we didn't mention.

Bear in mind that the commentary strongly reflects the personal tastes of the author, although we've tried hard to include information helpful to readers with different tastes. In particular, our rankings are based heavily on the original fiction published by each magazine, even though magazines often have other content such as non-fiction articles, poetry, reprinted fiction, etc.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The Book of Magic, edited by Gardner Dozois

[Anthology]
★★★★☆ A Magical Experience

(Fantasy) Gardner Dozois's last original anthology explores all types of magic in all sorts of settings. (175,649 words; Time: 9h:45m)


Saturday, December 22, 2018

Outstanding SF/F by People of Color 2017

In the spirit of Lightspeed Magazine's famous People of Color Destroy Science Fiction series, here are 59 stories by 47 people of color that had scores of 2+ from RSR's 2017 Best SF/F list. That list contains the 287 most-recommended stories out of 842 covered, so the 59 stories by people of color make up around 21% of the best of 2017.

Some stories not reviewed by RSR are in the Best SF/F list because they were award finalists πŸ†, included in year's best anthologies πŸ“™, or recommended by other prolific reviewers πŸ‘ (see Q&A for SF/F awards, year's best anthologies, and prolific reviewers followed).

Readers asked us to make it easy for them to find good stories written by authors with diverse racial backgrounds, and that’s what this list is meant to accomplish (author identity plays no role in our ratings). This is the second year we've done this list (2015-2016).

Saturday, December 15, 2018

December 2018 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 3; Time & Words: [1h:25m] πŸ’¬26K
Recommended By Stories: 12; Time & Words: [5h:43m] πŸ’¬103K
Total Stories: 35; Time & Words: [16h] πŸ’¬301K
Read How to Use RSR on the sidebar or this link to use this post.