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

Saturday, July 15, 2017

2017 Hugo Awards Deadline #3: 7/15/17

Final ballots must be completed by July 15, 2017. The Hugo packet will be available in May. Meanwhile, an annotated Hugo Finalists list with links is available at File770. Awards will be presented on August 11, 2017 at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Finland.

Deadline #1: Registration 1/31/17; #2: Nominations 3/17/17#3 Final Ballots 7/15/17

Monday, May 15, 2017

May 2017 Ratings

5 & 4 Stories: 12;  Estimated Time: 8h:05m (146K words)
Recommended By Stories: -> Due 6/1/17
Total Stories: 71;  Estimated Time: 30h:59m (558K words)
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Story Lengths and Awards: When Does Size Matter?

In a May 7, 2017 blog post about the Hugo Award finalists for Best Novella, anthologist Rich Horton noted that "the print magazines were completely shut out of the Hugos this year" and wondered why that was the case even for novellas. Unlike in the novelette and short-story categories, it's not a case of free online stories competing with stories in magazines that you have to pay for. Nearly all the serious novellas published in 2016 had to be paid for.

I argued that it's because the print magazines have a lower cutoff for novella length, and that awards tend to go to longer stories--at least for short fiction.

But is that really true, and is it true in all three short-fiction categories?


Let's look at the 2016 data for novellas (click charts to enlarge them):

Novellas in 2016

Monday, May 1, 2017

April 2017 Ratings

5- & 4-Star Stories: 12;  Estimated Time: 7h:21m (132K words)
Recommended By Stories: 14;  Estimated Time: 8h:07m (146K words)
Total Stories: 35;  Estimated Time: 15h:04m (271K words)
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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Fix the Slating Problem Forever

This year's Business Meeting has an opportunity to fix the "slating problem" forever by adopting Three-Stage Voting (3SV) and either retaining E Pluribus Hugo (EPH) or adopting E Pluribus Hugo Plus (EPH+).

We did extensive analysis of nominating data from 2014 to 2017 to help fans planning to attend the Business Meeting at WorldCon75 answer the following questions:
  • Should we endorse continued use of EPH?
  • Should we ratify EPH Plus?
  • Should we ratify 3SV?
  • Is any of this really going to fix the slating problem in the long term?
For each year, we estimated how much impact different sized slates would have had under six different combinations of voting systems, assuming optimal strategies by the slate organizers. We found that EPH+ and 3SV are individually too weak to fully protect the Hugo Awards from future slating campaigns, but in combination they're unbeatable.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Djinn Falls in Love, and Other Stories, edited by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin

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(Fantasy) Nineteen original stories about djinn (aka genies) in the past, present, and even the future. (107,480 words; Time: 5h:58m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

2017 Hugo Packet

As a nominee for Best Fanzine in the 2017 Best Fanzine Hugo Award, we were invited to supply a copy of our work for the Hugo packet. Since Rocket Stack Rank published about 900 different articles last year (every review is its own article), that didn't seem very practical, so the award organizers suggested we create an article (this post) to direct people to highlights from 2016. The official packet will include a suggestion that people who want to evaluate Rocket Stack Rank come to this page to get an idea of what we're all about.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Cosmic Powers: The Saga Anthology of Far-Away Galaxies, edited by John Joseph Adams

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(SF) The theme of this anthology is stories about entities with godlike powers, similar to characters in some of the Marvel comics. (101,950 words; Time: 5h:39m)

Rating: ★★★★☆ Rich in Great Stories

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Slating Analysis: 2017

How Many Slate Voters Nominated in 2017?

Now that the 2017 Hugo Awards Finalists lists have come out, we can estimate how many slate voters there were. By our calculations, there were between 88 and 118 of them. This is just slightly higher than Mike Glyer's estimate of  "80 to 90". When the detailed statistics are available in August, we'll make a more precise estimate, using the methods we used in our article Slate Voting Analysis Using EPH Data: 2014-2016.

The chart shows our best estimates for the number of voters from the two different "puppy" slates over the past four years. Note that these are people who voted in the nomination phase, not people who participated in the final vote. Contrast that to the total ballots:

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

1st Time Hugo Award Finalist

Thank you for nominating Rocket Stack Rank for Best Fanzine in the 2017 Hugo Awards! We've learned a lot in our 1.5 years of operation, and aim to continue to improve our site to help casual SF/F fans find and discuss great original short fiction.

For new visitors, RSR consolidates recommendations from prolific SF/F short fiction reviewers (including RSR) in our monthly ratings, anthology ratingsyear-to-date ratings, and annual "year's best" recommendations and articles for the Hugo Awards. Read How to use RSR on the right sidebar or at this link for more details.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Annotated 2017 Hugo Awards Finalists

Here is the annotated 2017 Hugo Awards Finalists 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.

There's also the Annotated 2016 Nebula Awards Nominees.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

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: 26;  Estimated Time: 15h:41m (282K words)
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.