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

Monday, May 16, 2022

News & Highlights

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

Diversity in Outstanding SF/F Short Fiction
Stories with ๐ŸŒˆLGBT people: 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2015-2016
Stories by ๐Ÿ“šPeople of Color: 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2015-2016

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

May 2022 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: → Due next month
Total Stories: 92; Time & Words: [23h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ427K
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Friday, April 15, 2022

April 2022 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 11; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌNaNM
Total Stories: 29; Time & Words: [8h:31m] ๐Ÿ’ฌ154K
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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

March 2022 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 47; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌNaNM
Total Stories: 94; Time & Words: [29h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ530K
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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

February 2022 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 11; Time & Words: [3h:48m] ๐Ÿ’ฌ68K
Total Stories: 28; Time & Words: [8h:27m] ๐Ÿ’ฌ152K
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Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Annotated 2021 Locus Reading List for Short Fiction

Update 5/13/22: Tagged 10 ๐Ÿ†Sturgeon Award finalists (click link to highlight).
Update 5/11/22: Tagged 30 ๐Ÿ†Locus Award finalists (click link to highlight).
Update 4/19/22: Tagged 1 ๐Ÿ†BSFA Award (short fiction) winner (click link to highlight).
Update 4/7/22: Tagged 18 ๐Ÿ†Hugo Award finalists (click link to highlight).
Update 3/30/22: Tagged 8 stories from ๐Ÿ“™Paula Guran's year's best dark fantasy and horror anthology (click link to highlight).
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Here is the annotated 2021 Locus Recommended Reading List for short fiction, merged with RSR's 2021 Best SF/F list (aka our aggregated list of "outstanding" stories from 2021 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, 2022.

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

Monday, January 24, 2022

SF/F Ballots For Stories From 2021

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 2021 YTD page, grouped by length (novella, novelette, short story), by publication, by new writer (year 1, year 2), or by author.

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Five New Reviewers


I've added recommendations from four ๐Ÿ‘reviewers and three ๐Ÿ†awards to improve coverage of standalone ๐Ÿ“˜novellas in RSR's monthly and year-to-date lists of short fiction. Prior to this change, the 2021 YTD page had just eight novellas, all from magazines. Now, there are 24 novellas with scores from 2-5.

Recommendations for standalone novellas come from Goodreads.com and three of the big four book industry journals: Publishers' Weekly (PW), Kirkus Reviews, and Library Journal.

  1. ๐Ÿ‘R.Goodreads: A novella recommended by 70+% of readers (5★+4★ ≥ 70%, ratings ≥ 200) on Goodreads.com gets a +1. It gets a +2 if 80+% of readers recommend it.
  2. ๐Ÿ‘R.PW: A novella with a ★starred review in Publishers' Weekly gets a +1. About 500 out of 10,000 books reviewed each year at PW earn a starred review. A novella gets a +2 if it makes the annual PW "Best Books" or "Summer Reads" SF/Fantasy/Horror list.
  3. ๐Ÿ‘R.Kirkus: A novella recommended in Kirkus Reviews gets a +1. A ★starred review gets a +2. About 10% of 7,000 books reviewed each year at Kirkus earn a starred review (Washington Post).
  4. ๐Ÿ‘R.LibraryJournal: A novella with a ★starred review in Library Journal gets a +1.

Awards for standalone novellas come from Goodreads, Booklist (the fourth big book industry journal), and the American Library Association.

  1. ๐Ÿ†A.₃Choice: A novella finalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror categories gets a +1. A winner gets a +2.
  2. ๐Ÿ†A.₃Booklist: A novella in the Booklist Editors' Choice Adult Books list gets a +2.
  3. ๐Ÿ†A.₃ReadingList: A novella finalist in The Reading List: Best Adult Genre Fiction gets a +1. A winner gets a +2. The Reading List is put together by librarians in the Reading List Council established by the CODES section of RUSA in the American Library Association.

I've also added recommendations from Tangent Online (๐Ÿ‘R.Tangent). Combined with the standalone novella reviewers, each of the 12 magazines followed by RSR now have 3-4 recommendations for their top stories (before stories gain recommendations from award nominations and year's best anthologies).

Saturday, January 15, 2022

January 2022 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 31; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌNaNM
Total Stories: 82; Time & Words: [25h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ462K
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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

December 2021 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 4; Time & Words: [1h:21m] ๐Ÿ’ฌ24K
Total Stories: 34; Time & Words: [9h:26m] ๐Ÿ’ฌ170K
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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Outstanding SF/F by People of Color 2020

In the spirit of Lightspeed Magazine's famous People of Color Destroy Science Fiction series, here are 56 stories by 43 people of color that had scores of 3 or higher from RSR's 2020 Best SF/F list. That list contains the 256 most-recommended stories out of 600+ covered, so the 56 stories by people of color make up around 22% of the best of 2020.

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 fifth year we've done this list (2019, 2018, 2017, 2015-2016).

Monday, November 15, 2021

November 2021 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 23; Time & Words: [10h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ194K
Total Stories: 81; Time & Words: [25h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ458K
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Monday, November 8, 2021

Outstanding High Fantasy of 2020

Here are 19 outstanding high fantasy stories from 2020 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 19 out of 250+ best SF/F stories from 2020. 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.

Friday, October 15, 2021

October 2021 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 11; Time & Words: [3h:35m] ๐Ÿ’ฌ65K
Total Stories: 38; Time & Words: [10h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ191K
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Friday, October 8, 2021

Outstanding SF/F Horror of 2020

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 31 outstanding SF/F horror stories from 2020 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 28 out of 250+ best SF/F stories from 2020. 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).

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

September 2021 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 30; Time & Words: [14h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ262K
Total Stories: 75; Time & Words: [27h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ490K
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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Outstanding Hard Science Fiction of 2020

Here are 26 outstanding hard science fiction stories from 2020 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 240+ best SF/F stories from 2020. 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).

Sunday, August 15, 2021

August 2021 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 8; Time & Words: [3h:23m] ๐Ÿ’ฌ61K
Total Stories: 29; Time & Words: [10h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ192K
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Thursday, July 15, 2021

July 2021 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 28; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌNaNM
Total Stories: 81; Time & Words: [27h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ495K
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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

June 2021 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 11; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌNaNM
Total Stories: 38; Time & Words: [9h:30m] ๐Ÿ’ฌ171K
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