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

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

News & Highlights

RSR Selections: Diversity in SF/F Short Fiction
🌈LGBT: 45 outstanding stories with LGBT characters (31 free)
📚PoC: 92 outstanding stories by People of Color (62 free)

Monthly & Annual Best SF/F Lists
2018: Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec; 📅Year-To-Date
2017: 🏆Best SF/F Top 30% out of 800 (142 free); 🚀Hard SF ✨High Fantasy 🌈LGBT
2016: 🏆Best SF/F Top 31% out of 885 (161 free); 🚀Hard SF 🌈LGBT 📚PoC
2015: 🏆Best SF/F Top 35% out of 596 (111 free); 🚀Hard SF

Friday, February 15, 2019

January 2019 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 18; Time & Words: [9h:51m] 💬177.3K
Recommended By Stories: → Due next month
Total Stories: 90; Time & Words: [37h] 💬675K
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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)


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 ðŸ†, included in year's best anthologies ðŸ“™, or recommended by other prolific reviewers ðŸ‘ (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] 💬25.8K
Recommended By Stories: 8; Time & Words: [2h:58m] 💬53.5K
Total Stories: 35; Time & Words: [16h] 💬301.1K
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Thursday, November 15, 2018

November 2018 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 17; Time & Words: [9h:08m] 💬164.4K
Recommended By Stories: 49; Time & Words: [21h] 💬382.8K
Total Stories: 76; Time & Words: [30h] 💬548.2K
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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Infinity's End, edited by Jonathan Strahan

[Anthology]
★★★★☆ All Good Things Must Come to an End; 4 RSR-recommended stories + 6 others out of 14

(SF) The final volume of the Infinity Project features stories that explore the question of what it means to operate on the scale of the whole solar system. (94,393 words; Time: 5h:14m)


Monday, October 15, 2018

October 2018 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 9; Time & Words: [8h:13m] 💬148K
Recommended By Stories: 19; Time & Words: [11h] 💬209.9K
Total Stories: 25; Time & Words: [13h] 💬239.9K
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Friday, October 5, 2018

Outstanding SF/F Horror of 2016-2017

Update 10/16/18: Added 10 stories with addition of Shirley Jackson, British Fantasy, World Fantasy, and BSFA award finalists.

Although horror isn't our focus, we do review horror stories that turn up in our regular magazines, so in honor of Halloween, here are 36 outstanding science fiction & fantasy horror stories from 2016-2017 that were either finalists for major SF/F awards 🏆, included in "year's best" SF/F anthologies 📙, or recommended by prolific reviewers 👍 in short fiction (see Q&A). Each story shows a "Recommended By" list where a score is tallied from the +2, +1 or +0 after each recommendation.

Observations:

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Outstanding Hard Science Fiction of 2017

Here are 33 outstanding stories of hard science fiction from 2017 that were either finalists for major SF/F awards 🏆, included in "year's best" SF/F anthologies 📙, or recommended by prolific reviewers 👍 in short fiction (see Q&A). That's 33 out of 95 hard science fiction stories from that year, and out of 279 outstanding SF/F stories from 2017. Each story shows a "Recommended By" list where a score is tallied from the +2, +1 or +0 after each recommendation.

Observations:

Saturday, September 15, 2018

September 2018 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 19; Time & Words: [9h:03m] 💬163.1K
Recommended By Stories: 52; Time & Words: [26h] 💬470.3K
Total Stories: 87; Time & Words: [36h] 💬658.4K
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Sunday, September 2, 2018

WorldCon 76 Takeaways

Swag we got as Hugo finalists.
Last month, Eric and I attended WorldCon 76 in San Jose, California. This is just a summary of things of interest that happened there.

The Hugo Awards

Winners

Our function at Rocket Stack Rank is to make it easier for people to find good short fiction and other information that could help them make informed nominations for the Hugos and other awards. We are not here to tell people how to vote. For that reason, we didn't offer suggestions for the final vote--not even a "this is how we're voting" post. For the same reason, we aren't going to evaluate the stories that actually won the awards. We offer our congratulations to all the winners.

Losers

Greg, Mike Glyer of File 770
Rocket Stack Rank itself was a nominee for Best Fanzine, finishing 6 out of 6 but beating No Award. Given the fallout from last year's events, this was actually better than we had expected. We do enjoy the extra events and attention that come with being a finalist, and we thank our loyal fans who nominated and voted for us. You folks make it all worthwhile!

We offer our congratulations to Best Fanzine winner File 770 and to all the other finalists.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

August 2018 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 10; Time & Words: [7h:21m] 💬132.4K
Recommended By Stories: 32; Time & Words: [14h] 💬267.2K
Total Stories: 56; Time & Words: [23h] 💬415.9K
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Rocket Stack Rank at WorldCon 76

We will both attend the 76th World Science Fiction Convention in San Jose this week. For the benefit of fans who want to meet us and chat a bit, here's a part of our schedule.

Stroll With The Stars

Fans meet with a few program participants for a casual walk around the convention center.

This event happens every morning, from Friday August 17 to Monday August 20, at 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM. It always meets in the Lower Level Plaza (San Jose Convention Center).

Greg is one of the featured people on the Friday morning walk, but we plan to attend all four of them. It's probably the best place to meet to say hello, pick up a ribbon, and have a casual chat.

Panels

Greg will be on three different panels. By all means attend, ask questions, or just come up afterwards to say hi. Here's how the WorldCon schedule describes those panels:

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Extrasolar, edited by Nick Gevers

[Anthology]
★★★☆☆ Mixed

(Hard SF) This anthology challenges writers to produce stories that explore extrasolar planets and incorporate the things we’ve learned about such things during the past couple of decades. (92,088 words; Time: 5h:06m)


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Outstanding High Fantasy of 2016-2017

Update 8/31/18: Added Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018 and Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2018 and 2017.

Here are 51 outstanding stories of high fantasy from 2016-2017 that were either finalists for major SF/F awards 🏆, included in "year's best" SF/F anthologies 📙, or recommended by prolific reviewers 👍 in short fiction (see Q&A). That's 51 out of 166 high fantasy stories from those two years, and out of 470 outstanding SF/F stories from 2016 and 2017. Each story shows a "Recommended By" list where a score is tallied from the +2, +1 or +0 after each recommendation.

For our purposes, we define "high fantasy" as a fantasy story that takes place in a secondary world. That is, something like Lord of the Rings, where Middle Earth is clearly not in the past or future of our world.

We've included portal fantasies, provided the destination is a secondary world.

Observations:

Sunday, July 15, 2018

July 2018 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 11; Time & Words: [7h:34m] 💬136.4K
Recommended By Stories: 38; Time & Words: [18h] 💬324.4K
Total Stories: 72; Time & Words: [27h] 💬490.7K
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Thursday, July 5, 2018

LibertyCon 31 Takeways

Walk with the Pros: Greg chats with Toni Weisskopf
A week ago, Greg and I attended LibertyCon 31 in Chattanooga, TN. We happened to be in town for our niece's wedding and we checked it out to see what a "conservative" SF/F convention was like.

Based on attending three panels and half the opening ceremonies on the first day, plus a Walk with the Pros on the third day, the attendees, panels, and operation of the con was comparable to small regional conventions like Norwescon in the Pacific Northwest. Baen Books had many authors present, and there seemed to be many authors with a military background (it was 5/5 in "The Resurgence of SF in YA Fiction" panel).

Planetary Anthology Roundtable panel with authors like
Arlan Andrews, Lou Antonelli, Jon Del Arroz, John C. Wright
Highlights include the opening ceremonies where Gray Rinehart sang a great flik based on the song "Brandy" to honor the con chairman and Charles E. Gannon read a funny speech, the Walk with the Pros where Greg had a good chat with Toni Weisskopf (publisher of Baen Books), and the Roundtable panels for shared world anthologies that gather a dozen or more authors for Q&A.

Special thanks to Brandy Spraker, chairman of LibertyCon, for inviting us to attend as temporary guests. The convention was sold out by the time we thought about attending (membership is capped at 750) but Brandy found a way to let us sample the first day when Greg inquired about one-day tickets.