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

Saturday, January 16, 2021

News & Highlights

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

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

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

SF/F Ballots For Stories From 2020

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 2020 YTD page, grouped by length (novella, novelette, short story), by publication, by new writer (year 1, year 2), or by author.

Friday, January 15, 2021

January 2021 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: → Due next month
Total Stories: 79; Time & Words: [22h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ411K
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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Outstanding SF/F by People of Color 2019

In the spirit of Lightspeed Magazine's famous People of Color Destroy Science Fiction series, here are 67 stories by 60 people of color that had scores of 3 or higher from RSR's 2019 Best SF/F list. That list contains the 331 most-recommended stories out of 700+ covered, so the 67 stories by people of color make up around 20% of the best of 2019.

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

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

December 2020 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 16; Time & Words: [4h:51m] ๐Ÿ’ฌ87K
Total Stories: 43; Time & Words: [12h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ216K
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Monday, November 23, 2020

Outstanding High Fantasy of 2019

Here are 35 outstanding high fantasy stories from 2019 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 35 out of 330+ best SF/F stories from 2019. 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, November 15, 2020

November 2020 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 26; Time & Words: [12h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ226K
Total Stories: 62; Time & Words: [23h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ418K
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Thursday, October 15, 2020

October 2020 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 14; Time & Words: [3h:56m] ๐Ÿ’ฌ71K
Total Stories: 42; Time & Words: [13h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ239K
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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Outstanding SF/F Horror of 2019

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 28 outstanding SF/F horror stories from 2019 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 330+ best SF/F stories from 2019. 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).

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

September 2020 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 30; Time & Words: [13h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ237K
Total Stories: 65; Time & Words: [22h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ411K
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Taking a Break


After five years of writing reviews for Rocket Stack Rank, I'm going to take an indefinite break. This month marks five years since we started the site, and so it seemed like a good time to pause. Eric will continue to operate the site, producing monthly lists of stories for 11 magazines (with blurbs from the publisher or a few sentences from the story) and aggregating recommendations from other sources (currently 6 reviewers, 16 awards, 7 year's best anthologies), but I won't be reviewing stories myself. Not for a while, at least.

Five years ago, in September 2015, Eric and I started Rocket Stack Rank as a response to the Sad/Rabid Puppy episode that ruined the 2015 Hugo Awards. As we said at the time, we wanted "to create a website to encourage readers of science fiction and fantasy to read and nominate more short fiction."

The response was very positive, and we've enjoyed steady support from readers. We quickly ramped up to a few thousand unique monthly users, with 20-30,000 monthly page views (we recently passed 1,000,000 total page views), and we're currently the #1 Google result for "short science fiction story reviews." Best of all, we were finalists for the Hugo Award for Best Fanzine three times (2017, 2018, 2019). Thank you for supporting us!

In the past five years, I've read and reviewed 3,979 stories, totaling 32,755,701 words of fiction or about the equivalent of 328 novels. In the process, I wrote 604,515 words worth of reviews--as much text as in six novels.
 
What I've not done is take a break. For five years, I've read and reviewed stories on a deadline--even on vacations--and every month on the 15th, we've produced our "Monthly Ratings," showing all the new short fiction for that month together with key information like the word counts and the recommendations of other reviewers. 

For a long time, that wasn't a problem; this was a labor of love, and Eric and I happily made it first priority. But over the last few months, it has become a burden, and I've had to force myself to read the stories and write the reviews. This isn't because the stories got worse--it's because we've found other things we want to spend time on. That being the case, it's time for me to stop, at least for a while.

We're still going to produce the Monthly Ratings, the Year-To-Date lists, and themed selections of outstanding speculative short fiction, but I'm going to stop reading and reviewing for the most part.


Greg Hullender

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Outstanding Hard Science Fiction of 2019

Here are 19 outstanding hard science fiction stories from 2019 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 300+ best SF/F stories from 2019. 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, August 19, 2020

August 2020 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 7; Time & Words: [5h:47m] ๐Ÿ’ฌ104K
Recommended By Stories: 11; Time & Words: [6h:47m] ๐Ÿ’ฌ122K
Total Stories: 28; Time & Words: [12h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ216K
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Thursday, July 16, 2020

July 2020 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 7; Time & Words: [3h:54m] ๐Ÿ’ฌ70K
Recommended By Stories: 26; Time & Words: [11h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ199K
Total Stories: 65; Time & Words: [24h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ450K
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Monday, June 15, 2020

June 2020 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 5; Time & Words: [3h:22m] ๐Ÿ’ฌ61K
Recommended By Stories: 16; Time & Words: [8h:43m] ๐Ÿ’ฌ157K
Total Stories: 30; Time & Words: [12h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ231K
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Monday, June 8, 2020

Outstanding LGBT Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2019

June is Pride Month, and here are 31 outstanding stories with LGBT characters from 2019 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.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

May 2020 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 10; Time & Words: [5h:15m] ๐Ÿ’ฌ95K
Recommended By Stories: 29; Time & Words: [12h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ229K
Total Stories: 55; Time & Words: [21h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ389K
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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

April 2020 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 6; Time & Words: [3h:49m] ๐Ÿ’ฌ69K
Recommended By Stories: 22; Time & Words: [10h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ190K
Total Stories: 39; Time & Words: [15h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ275K
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Monday, March 16, 2020

March 2020 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 14; Time & Words: [9h:02m] ๐Ÿ’ฌ163K
Recommended By Stories: 33; Time & Words: [14h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ263K
Total Stories: 58; Time & Words: [21h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ388K
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Saturday, February 15, 2020

February 2020 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 8; Time & Words: [6h:01m] ๐Ÿ’ฌ108K
Recommended By Stories: 30; Time & Words: [13h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ235K
Total Stories: 43; Time & Words: [20h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ371K
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