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

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Hugo Awards Deadline #2: March 31, 2018

For help nominating for the Hugo Awards, see our 2018 Hugo Awards page for a select list of novellas, novelettes and short stories by 192 authors from 22 publications that were most-recommended by seven prolific reviewers in 2017. We also have a list of 167 short fiction authors eligible for the 2018 Campbell Award, a "lightbox" display of art by over 100 artists eligible for the 2018 Best Professional Artist category (coming soon), and statistics on magazine and anthology editors eligible for the 2018 Best Editor (Short Form) category (coming soon).

Deadline: #1 Registration 12/31/17; #2 Nominations (3/31/18); #3 Final Ballots (July)

Monday, January 15, 2018

January 2018 Ratings

5 & 4 Stories: 14;  Estimated Time: 8h:32m (154K words)
Recommended By Stories: -> Due 2/1/18
Total Stories: 58;  Estimated Time: 23h:34m (424K words)
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Thursday, January 4, 2018

2018 Campbell Award-Eligible Writers

Here are 169 short fiction writers reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank who are eligible for the 2018 Campbell Award. They were selected from the 746 stories reviewed by RSR in 2017 as well as the 821 stories reviewed in 2016. There are many more new writers than the ones in this list, but their stories weren't reviewed by RSR so they're not included here.
The writers are grouped by 1st year and 2nd year of eligibility (75 and 94, respectively), then sorted by the author's first name (even if it’s the second author who’s eligible). Eligibility was determined by looking up the author on and doing web searches for those without an ISFDB entry. ISFDB data may be incomplete so it's best to check the author's website for a bibliography before nominating. (Writers with unclear eligibility identified since this article was published were moved to the bottom of the article.)
Authors: If your story was reviewed by RSR in 2017 and you are eligible for the Campbell Award but your story is not listed below, please leave a comment so we can update the list. 
This chart gives you some idea which publications are most likely to publish stories by new authors.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Magazine Coverage By Reviewers

We're adding Jason McGregor and Charles Payseur to RSR's Recommended By list and changing our criteria for "prolific reviewer" to make up for low coverage of Apex, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Strange Horizons magazines, as shown in red in the table below. Without more coverage, stories from these magazines are at a disadvantage in the YTD By Score list and 2018 Hugo Awards page.

The table lists the 11 magazines covered by RSR along with the current five prolific reviewers whose monthly short fiction recommendations and/or "year's best SF/F" anthologies are linked to in the RSR monthly and Year-to-Date ratings.

Friday, December 15, 2017

December 2017 Ratings

5 & 4 Stories: 8;  Estimated Time: 3h:36m (65K words)
Recommended By Stories: 16;  Estimated Time: 6h:40m (120K words)
Total Stories: 31;  Estimated Time: 12h:17m (221K words)
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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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