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

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

News & Highlights

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

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

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

November 2022 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: πŸ’¬0
Recommended By Stories: 41; Time & Words: πŸ’¬NaNM
Total Stories: 84; Time & Words: [25h] πŸ’¬456K
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Saturday, November 12, 2022

Outstanding High Fantasy of 2021

Here are 19 outstanding high fantasy stories from 2021 that were finalists for major SF/F πŸ†awards, included in "year's best" SF/F πŸ“™anthologies, or recommended by prolific πŸ‘reviewers in short fiction (see Q&A). That's 19 out of 250+ best SF/F stories from 2021. 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.

Saturday, October 15, 2022

October 2022 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: πŸ’¬0
Recommended By Stories: 14; Time & Words: [4h:25m] πŸ’¬80K
Total Stories: 29; Time & Words: [9h:23m] πŸ’¬169K
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Monday, October 10, 2022

Outstanding SF/F Horror of 2021

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 38 outstanding SF/F horror stories from 2021 that were finalists for major SF/F πŸ†awards, included in "year's best" SF/F πŸ“™anthologies, or recommended by prolific πŸ‘reviewers in short fiction (see Q&A). That's 38 out of 270+ best SF/F stories from 2021. 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, September 25, 2022

Outstanding Hard Science Fiction of 2021

Here are 21 outstanding hard science fiction stories from 2021 that were finalists for major SF/F πŸ†awards, included in "year's best" SF/F πŸ“™anthologies, or recommended by prolific πŸ‘reviewers in short fiction (see Q&A). That's 21 out of 270+ best SF/F stories from 2021. 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).

Thursday, September 15, 2022

September 2022 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: πŸ’¬0
Recommended By Stories: 45; Time & Words: πŸ’¬NaNM
Total Stories: 96; Time & Words: [26h] πŸ’¬468K
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Monday, August 15, 2022

August 2022 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: πŸ’¬0
Recommended By Stories: 11; Time & Words: πŸ’¬NaNM
Total Stories: 29; Time & Words: [7h:16m] πŸ’¬131K
Read How to Use RSR on the sidebar or this link to use this post.

Friday, July 15, 2022

July 2022 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: πŸ’¬0
Recommended By Stories: 37; Time & Words: πŸ’¬NaNM
Total Stories: 85; Time & Words: [27h] πŸ’¬495K
Read How to Use RSR on the sidebar or this link to use this post.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

June 2022 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: πŸ’¬0
Recommended By Stories: 9; Time & Words: πŸ’¬NaNM
Total Stories: 33; Time & Words: [8h:33m] πŸ’¬154K
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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Outstanding LGBT Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2021

June is Pride Month, and here are 41 outstanding stories with LGBT characters from 2021 reviewed by RSR that were either finalists for major SF/F awards πŸ†, included in "year's best" SF/F anthologies πŸ“™, or recommended by prolific reviewers πŸ‘ 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.

Monday, May 16, 2022

May 2022 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: πŸ’¬0
Recommended By Stories: 38; Time & Words: [15h] πŸ’¬273K
Total Stories: 92; Time & Words: [25h] πŸ’¬451K
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Friday, April 15, 2022

April 2022 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: πŸ’¬0
Recommended By Stories: 11; Time & Words: πŸ’¬NaNM
Total Stories: 29; Time & Words: [8h:31m] πŸ’¬154K
Read How to Use RSR on the sidebar or this link to use this post.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

March 2022 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: πŸ’¬0
Recommended By Stories: 47; Time & Words: πŸ’¬NaNM
Total Stories: 94; Time & Words: [29h] πŸ’¬530K
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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

February 2022 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: πŸ’¬0
Recommended By Stories: 11; Time & Words: [3h:48m] πŸ’¬68K
Total Stories: 28; Time & Words: [8h:27m] πŸ’¬152K
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Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Annotated 2021 Locus Reading List for Short Fiction

Update 11/9/22: Tagged 2 πŸ†World Fantasy Award winners (click link to highlight).
Update 10/30/22: Tagged 2 πŸ†Shirley Jackson Award winners (click link to highlight).
Update 10/19/22: Tagged 3 πŸ†Asimov's Readers' Award winners (click link to highlight).
Update 9/30/22: Tagged 4 (out of 15) πŸ†Shirley Jackson Award finalists (click link to highlight).
Update 9/30/22: Tagged 1 πŸ†Sturgeon Award winner (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 πŸ‘reviewers, πŸ†awards, and year's best πŸ“™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 πŸ‘reviewers and three πŸ†awards to improve coverage of standalone πŸ“˜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. πŸ‘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. πŸ‘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. πŸ‘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. πŸ‘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. πŸ†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. πŸ†A.₃Booklist: A novella in the Booklist Editors' Choice Adult Books list gets a +2.
  3. πŸ†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 (πŸ‘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: πŸ’¬0
Recommended By Stories: 31; Time & Words: πŸ’¬NaNM
Total Stories: 82; Time & Words: [25h] πŸ’¬462K
Read How to Use RSR on the sidebar or this link to use this post.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

December 2021 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: πŸ’¬0
Recommended By Stories: 4; Time & Words: [1h:21m] πŸ’¬24K
Total Stories: 34; Time & Words: [9h:26m] πŸ’¬170K
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