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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

2017 Hugo Awards Deadline #1: 1/31/17

To nominate, you must be registered by January 31, 2017. See our 2017 Hugo Awards page for recommendations. Nominations must be completed by March 17, 2017. Final ballots will be announced in early April. Awards will be presented on August 11, 2017 at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Finland.

Deadline #1: Registration; #2: Nominations 3/17/17; #3 Final Ballots

Monday, January 16, 2017

2017 Professional Artists

To help people make nominations for the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist, we have set up a "lightbox" system to let fans quickly flip through the works of over 130 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. Each new artist is preceded by the Hugo Award image.
  4. Once you've looked at all the pictures, go through the tabs you opened. For most artists there's a link to his/her 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.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

January 2017 Ratings

5 & 4 Stories: 9;  Estimated Time: 4h:46m (86K words)
Recommended By Stories: -> Due 2/1/17
Total Stories: 64;  Estimated Time: 24h:01m (432K words)
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

To Shape the Dark, edited by Athena Andreadis

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(Hard SF) An anthology focusing on women scientists who pursue science not-as-usual and who are not subject to the "snooze-inducing conflict of work vs family." (116,503 words; Time: 6h:28m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Monday, January 2, 2017

2017 Campbell Award Eligible Writers

Update 1/4/17: Added 41 writers who were 1st year eligible in 2015. Does not affect 2016 Stories chart.

Here are 141 writers who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell Award. They were selected from the 800 stories reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank and five other prolific reviewers in 2016 (100 writers) as well as the 565 short stories reviewed in 2015 (41 writers). There are many more new writers out there, but their stories weren't reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank so they're not included here.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe

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(Fairy Tales) A collection of traditional fairytales recast to different times, places, and genres. (109,956 words; Time: 6h:06m)

Rating: ★★★★☆ Excellent Concept, Beautifully Executed

We reviewed Seasons of Glass and Iron, by Amal El-Mohtar when it was reprinted in Uncanny.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

2016 Best SF/F Anthologies

Update 1/10/17: Added recommendations from Neil Clarke's "year's best" SF/F TOC.
Update 1/1/17: Added GDozois & RHorton recommendations from 1/1/17 Locus Magazine.

Here are stories from the "year's best" SF/F anthologies for 2016, scored by reviewer recommendations, and sorted by highest to lowest score. (Note this is a subset of RSR's YTD By Score page, which also contains stories not included in the "year's best" SF/F anthologies, starting with score 5 and below.)

The "year's best" SF/F anthologies include the following:
The score for each story is calculated as follows:
The table will be updated in Jan and Feb 2017 as Dozois and Horton list their recommendations from stories published in fall 2016, when Clarke releases the table of contents for his anthology, and as Rocket Stack Rank reads some stories it hasn’t reviewed. Updates will be posted on Facebook and tweeted on Twitter.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

December 2016 Ratings

5 & 4 Stories: 18;  Estimated Time: 7h:12m (130K words)
Recommended By Stories: 30;  Estimated Time: 11h:24m (205K words)
Total Stories: 64;  Estimated Time: 21h:55m (395K words)
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Monday, December 12, 2016

Crises and Conflicts, edited by Ian Whates

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(Military SF) A companion to the anthology "Now We Are Ten," this volume is dedicated to military SF and space opera. (71,114 words; Time: 3h:57m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Science Fiction by Scientists, edited by Michael Brotherton

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(Hard SF) Stories written by current or former scientists on topics that involve their actual expertise, each with a technical afterword. (70,895 words; Time: 3h:56m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Cyber World, edited by Jason Heller and Joshua Viola

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(Cyber SF) Stories that reimagine cyberpunk in light of modern technologies and project it forward. (59,623 words; Time: 3h:18m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Bridging Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan

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(Hard SF) Stories that look at super-engineering projects. (100,124 words; Time: 5h:33m)

Rating: ★★★★☆ 4 RSR-recommended stories + 2 others out of 15

Read other reviews of Bridging Infinity.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

November 2016 Ratings

5 & 4 Stories: 11;  Estimated Time: 8h:28m (153K words)
Recommended By Stories: 20;  Estimated Time: 11h:27m (206K words)
Total Stories: 52;  Estimated Time: 21h:54m (394K words)
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Monday, November 7, 2016

Everything Change, edited by Manjana Milkoreit, Meredith Martinez and Joey Eschrich

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(Climate Change) Twelve finalists from the 2016 Climate Fiction Short Story Contest on the theme of realistic stories of the near future that invite people to reflect on today's challenges. (44,919 words; Time: 2h:29m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

The 2016 Climate Fiction Short Story Contest was conducted by Arizona State University.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Now We Are Ten, edited by Ian Whates

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(10th Anniversary Anthology) A collection of stories exploring the number 10. (77,129 words; Time: 4h:17m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

Saturday, October 15, 2016

October 2016 Ratings

5 & 4 Stories: 5;  Estimated Time: 1h:45m (32K words)
Recommended By Stories: 13;  Estimated Time: 5h:23m (97K words)
Total Stories: 51;  Estimated Time: 21h:58m (395K words)
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Sunday, October 2, 2016

When Slates Collide

A further analysis of the Hugo Nomination data from 2016 suggests that a great number of Rabid Puppies refused to vote to nominate the so-called "hostages." In particular, only 61 out of 400 voted to nominate File 770 for Best Fanzine. This suggests the hostage strategy doesn't work well for the slates.


Last week, we published an analysis of Slate Voting over the past three years which used the EPH data to get more accurate estimates of how many Sad/Rabid Puppies had participated in the Hugo Nominations in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Because that tool showed very few Sad Puppies used their recommendation list as a slate in 2016, it's possible to use the same tool to divide the Rabid Puppies into two different slates: one "hard" slate, which voted the way people were instructed to, and one "soft" slate, which omitted the "hostages."

The hostage strategy appears to have been to nominate some mainstream works/people in hopes that either a) those people would withdraw, allowing the slates to claim they had the power to force people they don't like off the ballot or b) the fans would vote those people under No Award in the final ballot, allowing the slates to claim that the fans are the ones who vote mindlessly or c) one or more of the works would win, allowing the slates to claim an actual victory. You can read the previous article to see how well that turned out. 

How Slates Divide

A key assumption in that strategy was that the legions of people who vote for slates really do vote mindlessly. But the graph below shows that this is not the case.

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Galactic Games, edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt

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(SF Sports) Twenty stories of sport and contest in various settings--fron Earth to space, with competitors ranging from human to alien. (81,800 words; Time: 4h:32m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Slate Voting Analysis Using EPH Data: 2014-2016

Using the EPH (E Pluribus Hugo) data provided to the WSFS Business meeting in Kansas City, it's possible to make much more accurate estimates of the number of slate voters in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

We find that their numbers roughly doubled each year, starting from about 100 in 2014 and climbing to about 400 in 2016.

We also find that their discipline across categories improved considerably.

Based on the drop in their voting rate on the final ballot, we cautiously estimate their numbers may fall back to 200 during the 2017 Hugo nominations.

We find that the impact of slates has been almost entirely limited to keeping worthy works off the final ballot.
  • Only one Hugo winner (Best Professional Artist, 2016) owed its place on the ballot to slate nominations. No other candidate who chose to remain on the ballot despite an unwanted slate nomination actually needed the slate nominations to get there.
  • Only two candidates (Black Gate in 2016 and "Goodnight Stars" in 2015) who declined the nomination in response to being slated would have made it to the final ballot without the slates.
This means the slates are not, for the most part, succeeding in getting awards for their own favorites, nor are they successful at frightening legitimate nominees into withdrawing, nor are they successful at inciting ordinary fans to vote against worthy nominees. The only thing they've succeeded at is reducing the number of quality candidates that fans can choose from on the final ballot.

Update (10/2/2016) We also find that as many as 85% of the Rabid Puppy slaters defied their organizers and refused to nominate some of the "hostages." See When Slates Collide for details.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

September 2016 Ratings

5 & 4 Stories: 14;  Estimated Time: 6h:21m (114K words)
Recommended By Stories: 29;  Estimated Time: 12h:00m (216K words)
Total Stories: 60;  Estimated Time: 24h:06m (434K words)
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