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

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.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

September 2016 Ratings

5 & 4 Stories: 14;  Estimated Time: 6h:21m (114K words)
Recommended By Stories: -> Due 10/1/16
Total Stories: 60;  Estimated Time: 24h:06m (434K words)
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

MidAmeriCon II Takeaways

Eric and I attended MidAmeriCon II last week: our second-ever WorldCon. We had a good time, met some interesting people, and learned a few things. 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.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Look for RSR at MidAmeriCon II

We'll be attending MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City, MO next week, and we're looking forward to meeting some of the people we've been chatting with all year! We've printed up some Rocket Stack Rank ribbons for the occasion, and we'll be passing those out to anyone who asks for one.

Greg and Eric
Eric on the left and Greg on the right.
Our tentative schedule is as follows:

Monday, August 15, 2016

August 2016 Ratings

5 & 4 Stories: 9;  Estimated Time: 5h:36m (101K words)
Recommended By Stories: 23;  Estimated Time: 11h:16m (203K words)
Total Stories: 47;  Estimated Time: 21h:34m (388K words)
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Drowned Worlds, edited by Jonathan Strahan

Drowned Worlds cover image
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(Climate Change/Post Apocalypse) This anthology contains fourteen original stories and one reprint set in drowned or inundated futures.

Rating: 3, Average
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Friday, July 15, 2016

July 2016 Ratings

5 & 4 Stories: 8;  Estimated Time: 7h:23m (133K words)
Recommended By Stories: 14;  Estimated Time: 10h:18m (186K words)
Total Stories: 46;  Estimated Time: 26h:13m (472K words)
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

June 2016 Ratings

5 & 4 Stories: 10;  Estimated Time: 4h:52m (88K words)
Recommended By Stories: 17;  Estimated Time: 8h:15m (149K words)
Total Stories: 61;  Estimated Time: 21h:15m (383K words)
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Sunday, May 15, 2016

May 2016 Ratings

5 & 4 Stories: 10;  Estimated Time: 5h:06m (92K words)
Recommended By Stories: 21;  Estimated Time: 9h:40m (174K words)
Total Stories: 58;  Estimated Time: 22h:01m (396K words)
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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Vacation

We'll miss our regular monthly update today because we're taking a few weeks' vacation in Europe, celebrating the end of the Hugo Nominations (though not the outcome). We'll be back on schedule within two weeks.

Seville, Spain, appears to be directing people to WorldCon.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Analysis of Slate Voting for the 2016 Hugos

Overview

I estimate there were about 205 “Rabid Puppies” this year, essentially identical to the estimated 204 Sad+Rabid puppies last year.

The reason they did so well despite a doubling of the number of "organic" votes is that they managed much better slate discipline this year; last year, not everyone voted for all five candidates nor in every category, but this year it seems they did.

Friday, April 15, 2016

April 2016 Ratings

5 & 4 Stories: 11;  Estimated Time: 7h:06m (128K words)
Recommended By Stories: 25;  Estimated Time: 12h:08m (218K words)
Total Stories: 58;  Estimated Time: 27h:37m (497K words)
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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Trajectories, edited by Dave Creek

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"All the writers in this volume had a single assignment--tell us a story in any genre, in any mood, as long as it takes place in space or on an alien planet."--Dave Creek, editor.

Rating: 2, Not Recommended
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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Rocket Stack Rank at Six Months

Rocket Stack Rank went live on September 19, 2015, so we're six months old today. We set out to create a web site that would make it easier for fans to find good short science fiction and fantasy (SFF) to read prior to making nominations for the 2016 Hugo Awards.

Toward that end, we did everything we could think of, culminating in our 2016 Hugo Awards recommendation page, which put all the information together in a convenient place, and the evidence shows that a modest number of users are starting to make use of it.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

March 2016 Ratings

5- & 4-Star Stories: 7;  Estimated Time: 2h:31m (45K words)
Recommended By Stories: 19;  Estimated Time: 8h:37m (155K words)
Total Stories: 56;  Estimated Time: 19h:59m (360K words)
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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

2015 Tor.com-Puppies Ratings

Here are reviews of short fiction from 2015 that came to RSR’s attention late. Two are non-free Tor.com novellas. Most are recommendations from the Rabid Puppies and Sad Puppies. The rest were other original stories from the anthology There Will Be War, Volume X. (We'd like to thank Jerry Pournelle for arranging a free copy for us.)

Because they are coming so late, we're keeping these reviews are separate from the 191 reviews of the most recommended stories in our 2016 Hugo Awards page. Otherwise no one will see them.

We're aware of the controversy associated with the Puppies, but we are trying to be even-handed and treat them like any other significant recommendation list.
Greg Hullender and Eric Wong
March 21, 2016
Update 3/21/16: Made changes to reflect the final Rabid Puppies list.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Annotated 2015 Nebula Award Nominees

Here is the annotated 2015 Nebula Awards Nominees 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.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

New: Discussions Page

We have a new Discussions page that lists stories with recent comments.

Our hope is that showing new comments by story will encourage people to respond if they've already read it, or perhaps read the story because of an active discussion.

Monday, February 15, 2016

February 2016 Ratings

5 & 4 Stories: 4;  Estimated Time: 2h:09m (39K words)
Recommended By Stories: 15;  Estimated Time: 6h:59m (126K words)
Total Stories: 40;  Estimated Time: 16h:07m (290K words)
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Annotated 2015 Locus Reading List for Short Fiction

Here is the annotated 2015 Locus Recommended Reading List 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.