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

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

News & Highlights

๐Ÿ”ŽFinding a Science-Fiction/Fantasy Magazine to Subscribe To

Diversity in Outstanding SF/F Short Fiction
Stories with ๐ŸŒˆLGBT people: 2023 2022 2021 2020 More...
Stories by ๐Ÿ“šPeople of Color: 2023 2022 2021 2020 More...

Monthly Ratings & Annual Outstanding Selections
๐Ÿ“…2024: Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
๐Ÿ†Best SF/F: 2023 2022 2021 2020 2019
๐Ÿ†Best SF/F: 2018 2017 2016 2015
๐Ÿš€Hard SF: 2023 2022 2021 2020 More...
✨High Fantasy: 2023 2022 2021 2020 More...
๐Ÿ˜ฑSF/F Horror: 2023 2022 2021 2020 More...

May 2024 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: → Due next month
Total Stories: 73; Time & Words: [20h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ364K
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Monday, April 15, 2024

April 2024 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 7; Time & Words: [2h:18m] ๐Ÿ’ฌ41K
Total Stories: 27; Time & Words: [9h:12m] ๐Ÿ’ฌ166K
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Friday, March 15, 2024

March 2024 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 16; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌNaNM
Total Stories: 89; Time & Words: [28h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ518K
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Thursday, February 15, 2024

February 2024 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 10; Time & Words: [3h:40m] ๐Ÿ’ฌ66K
Total Stories: 31; Time & Words: [8h:17m] ๐Ÿ’ฌ149K
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Sunday, February 4, 2024

Annotated 2023 Locus Reading List for Short Fiction

Update 5/9/24: Tagged 30 ๐Ÿ†Locus Award (short fiction) finalists (click link to highlight).
Update 4/30/24: Tagged 1 of 19 stories from ๐Ÿ“™Ellen Datlow's year's best horror anthology (click link to highlight).
Update 4/3/24: Tagged 1 of 2 ๐Ÿ†BSFA Award (short fiction) winners (click link to highlight).
Update 3/29/24: Tagged 18 ๐Ÿ†Hugo Award (short fiction) finalists (click link to highlight).
Update 3/14/24: Tagged 18 ๐Ÿ†Nebula Award (short fiction) finalists (click link to highlight).
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Here is the annotated 2023 Locus Recommended Reading List for short fiction, merged with RSR's 2023 Best SF/F list (aka our aggregated list of "outstanding" stories from 2023 that score 2 or more based on ๐Ÿ‘reviewers, ๐Ÿ†awards, and year's best ๐Ÿ“™anthologies). All the stories are grouped by length and score, with stories from the Locus list highlighted in red.

The merge lets us analyze the Locus list to see which stories that were broadly recognized as outstanding were left out, which publications stood out, which authors did particularly well (or not), how many were eligible for the Astounding Award, 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 Thursday April 15, 2024.

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

Saturday, January 20, 2024

SF/F Ballots For Stories From 2023

Here are links to ballots for various SF/F awards, 5 that are open to all, and 4 that are open to members of a convention or association. Highlighted awards are currently open for voting.

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 2023 YTD page, grouped by length (novella, novelette, short story), by publication, by new writer (year 1, year 2), or by author.

Monday, January 15, 2024

January 2024 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 19; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌNaNM
Total Stories: 68; Time & Words: [20h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ363K
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Friday, December 15, 2023

December 2023 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 11; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌNaNM
Total Stories: 26; Time & Words: [6h:36m] ๐Ÿ’ฌ119K
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Friday, December 8, 2023

Outstanding SF/F by People of Color 2022

In the spirit of Lightspeed Magazine's famous People of Color Destroy Science Fiction series, here are 60 stories by 53 people of color that had scores of 3 or higher from RSR's 2022 Best SF/F list. That list contains the 255 most-recommended stories out of 600+ covered, so the 60 stories by people of color make up around 23% of the best of 2022.

Some stories not reviewed by RSR are in the Best SF/F list because they were award finalists ๐Ÿ†, included in year's best anthologies ๐Ÿ“™, or recommended by other prolific reviewers ๐Ÿ‘ (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 seventh year we've done this list (2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2015-2016).

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

November 2023 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 31; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌNaNM
Total Stories: 94; Time & Words: [28h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ507K
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Thursday, November 9, 2023

Outstanding High Fantasy of 2022

Here are 21 outstanding high fantasy stories from 2022 that were finalists for major SF/F ๐Ÿ†awards, included in "year's best" SF/F ๐Ÿ“™anthologies, or recommended by prolific ๐Ÿ‘reviewers in short fiction (see Q&A). That's 21 out of 250+ best SF/F stories from 2022. A story's score is the sum of the +n points in it's "Recommended By" list (click the Details link to see the awards, year's best, and reviewers and the points).

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.

Sunday, October 15, 2023

October 2023 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 16; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌNaNM
Total Stories: 32; Time & Words: [10h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ195K
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Sunday, October 8, 2023

Outstanding SF/F Horror of 2022

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 26 outstanding SF/F horror stories from 2022 that were finalists for major SF/F ๐Ÿ†awards, included in "year's best" SF/F ๐Ÿ“™anthologies, or recommended by prolific ๐Ÿ‘reviewers in short fiction (see Q&A). That's 26 out of 250+ best SF/F stories from 2022. A story's score is the sum of the +n points in it's "Recommended By" list (click the Details link to see the awards, year's best, and reviewers and the points).

Monday, September 18, 2023

Outstanding Hard Science Fiction of 2022

Here are 22 outstanding hard science fiction stories from 2022 that were finalists for major SF/F ๐Ÿ†awards, included in "year's best" SF/F ๐Ÿ“™anthologies, or recommended by prolific ๐Ÿ‘reviewers in short fiction (see Q&A). That's 22 out of 250+ best SF/F stories from 2022. A story's score is the sum of the +n points in it's "Recommended By" list (click the Details link to see the awards, year's best, and reviewers and the points).

Friday, September 15, 2023

September 2023 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 38; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌNaNM
Total Stories: 91; Time & Words: [28h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ514K
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Tuesday, August 15, 2023

August 2023 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 13; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌNaNM
Total Stories: 33; Time & Words: [8h:50m] ๐Ÿ’ฌ159K
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Saturday, July 15, 2023

July 2023 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 38; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌNaNM
Total Stories: 96; Time & Words: [30h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ548K
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Thursday, June 15, 2023

June 2023 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 13; Time & Words: [2h:53m] ๐Ÿ’ฌ52K
Total Stories: 32; Time & Words: [7h:03m] ๐Ÿ’ฌ127K
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Thursday, June 1, 2023

Outstanding LGBT Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2022

June is Pride Month, and here are 41 outstanding stories with LGBT characters from 2022 reviewed by RSR that were either finalists for major SF/F awards ๐Ÿ†, included in "year's best" SF/F anthologies ๐Ÿ“™, or recommended by prolific reviewers ๐Ÿ‘ in short fiction (see Q&A). For earlier outstanding stories, click this link.

This list of stories and the recommendations for each story will be updated as award finalists/winners and the table of contents for year's best anthologies are announced. As long as an LGBT story scores 2 or more (even if it was not recommended by RSR), it will be included here.

As always, our focus is on the stories, not the authors. These are stories with memorable LGBT characters—not necessarily stories by noted LGBT authors. These include stories in which a key character merely happens to be an LGBT person as well as stories where the LGBT angle is crucial to the plot.