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

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Annotated 2016 File770 List for Short Fiction

While we’re waiting for the Hugo administrators to produce the list of finalists, some fifty "Filers" (commenters from File770) shared their nominations, and we’ve used that to create a top-15 list for Best Novella, Best Novelette, and Best Short Story. In a couple of weeks, we can see how well they predicted the actual finalists.

In the lists below, "count" is the number of Filers who nominated that work. A quick glance shows that these stories, for the most part, have been heavily recommended by reviewers, reader's polls, and anthologists. (Click on the links to see their reviews.)

Of the 55 stories below, RSR recommended 30 (average would be 10),  recommended against 6 (average would be 17), and never read 5, so this is an exceptionally strong selection of stories by our measure and by any measure.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

March 2017 Ratings

5- & 4-Star Stories: 7;  Estimated Time: 5h:52m (106K words)
Recommended By Stories:  -> Due 4/1/17
Total Stories: 64;  Estimated Time: 30h:40m (552K words)
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Monday, February 20, 2017

Annotated 2016 Nebula Award Nominees

Update 2/20/17: Replaced Cat Rambo's Red in Tooth and Cog with Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam's The Orangery due to SFWA correction.

Here is the annotated 2016 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.

There’s also the Annotated 2016 Locus Reading List for Short Fiction.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February 2017 Ratings

5 & 4 Stories: 6;  Estimated Time: 4h:28m (80K words)
Recommended By Stories: 9;  Estimated Time: 5h:24m (97K words)
Stories: 32;  Estimated Time: 16h:30m (297K words)
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

2016 Prolific SF/F Short Fiction Authors

Update 2/12/17: Added Rich Larson's Innumerable Glimmering Lights, which bumps his stories to 14 and score from 26 to 32.
Update 2/9/17: Added pie chart to show % of 568 authors with 1, 2, 3, 4+ stories reviewed by RSR in 2016.

Here are Rocket Stack Rank's 35 most prolific science fiction & fantasy short fiction authors of 2016. Click on their names in the two tables below to see their stories, and use the Score and AvgScore columns to try some authors you might not have read before.

They were selected from the 818 original stories reviewed by RSR in 2016, which include 568 authors who wrote 5.8 million words published in 11 SF/F magazines and 11 SF/F anthologies. (RSR does not read horror magazines, horror anthologies or flash fiction.)

From this set of 818 stories, a writer is considered prolific if they wrote 4 or more stories or 40,000 or more words (a novel's worth) of stories. Twenty-seven authors had 4 or more RSR-reviewed stories (Table 1) and 16 authors wrote 40,000 or more words reviewed by RSR (Table 2), with 8 authors meeting both criteria (yellow highlighted rows), resulting in 35 prolific authors.

The tables also show a Score for each author, which is calculated from story recommendations (as described in the 2016 Best SF/F Anthologies post), and AvgScore, which is the Score for all the author's RSR-reviewed stories divided by the number of Stories. To sort a table by Score or AvgScore, click the ⬍ next to the column heading.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Annotated 2016 Locus Reading List for Short Fiction

Update 2/15/17: Added 8 RSR reviews.
Update 2/3/17: Noted 73% of SF/F Locus List stories are in RSR's YTD page.

Here is the annotated 2016 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.

RSR reviewed 94 out of the 124 stories in the Locus list (76%). Of the 30 not reviewed by RSR, half were stories from horror magazines and horror anthologies. The other half were from other science fiction & fantasy sources, some of which might be reviewed by RSR as time permits.

Moreover, 80 of the 109 science fiction & fantasy stories in the Locus list (73%) are in RSR's Year-To-Date page. That means one can follow the Year-To-Date page over the course of the year and read stories that are likely to make it to the Locus list.

There’s also the Annotated 2016 Nebula Award Nominees.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

2017 Editors (Short Form)

Update 1/29/17: Added links in Editor-Publication table to editor websites and story lists.

Most fans have a hard time making Hugo nominations for the Best Editor (Short Form) category. People tend to remember individual stories or publications, not the names of the editors involved. Even when they know the editor, they aren't sure if the editor is qualified, and it takes a bit of research to figure that out. Finally, even if you have a few names in mind, it's not easy to see how they compare with other editors.

To make this easier for people nominating for the 2017 Hugo Awards, we've analyzed all the recommendations by six prolific reviewers of 813 original works of short fiction from the top publications of 2016, and we've distilled a list of editors, verified that they're qualified, and included charts making it easy to compare the work they did last year. This should make it a lot easier for people to nominate for the category with confidence.

No one should nominate an editor if he/she hasn't read at least some of the work that person edited in 2016! The point of this document is to help people identify the editors of works they liked and help them confirm that they're qualified and worthy. There is no intent to create a slate of names for people to nominate blindly.

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: 27;  Estimated Time: 11h:59m (216K words)
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 3/6/17: Added Nebula & Readers (magazine polls) recommendations, which are +2 to a story's score.
Update 3/2/17: Added 4 story links for Asimov's Readers' Awards Finalists.
Update 2/15/17: Added Rich Larson's Innumerable Glimmering Lights and updated charts.
Update 2/2/17: Added RHorton recommendations from 2/1/17 Locus Magazine.
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 96 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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