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

Monday, November 15, 2021

News & Highlights

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

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

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

November 2021 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: πŸ’¬0
Recommended By Stories: 23; Time & Words: [10h] πŸ’¬194K
Total Stories: 81; Time & Words: [25h] πŸ’¬458K
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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 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 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: πŸ’¬0
Recommended By Stories: 11; Time & Words: [3h:35m] πŸ’¬65K
Total Stories: 38; Time & Words: [10h] πŸ’¬191K
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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 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 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: πŸ’¬0
Recommended By Stories: 30; Time & Words: [14h] πŸ’¬262K
Total Stories: 75; Time & Words: [27h] πŸ’¬490K
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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 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 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: πŸ’¬0
Recommended By Stories: 8; Time & Words: [3h:23m] πŸ’¬61K
Total Stories: 29; Time & Words: [10h] πŸ’¬192K
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Thursday, July 15, 2021

July 2021 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: πŸ’¬0
Recommended By Stories: 28; Time & Words: πŸ’¬NaNM
Total Stories: 81; Time & Words: [27h] πŸ’¬495K
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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

June 2021 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: πŸ’¬0
Recommended By Stories: 11; Time & Words: πŸ’¬NaNM
Total Stories: 38; Time & Words: [9h:30m] πŸ’¬171K
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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Outstanding LGBT Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2020

June is Pride Month, and here are 27 outstanding stories with LGBT characters from 2020 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.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

May 2021 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: πŸ’¬0
Recommended By Stories: 23; Time & Words: [9h:45m] πŸ’¬176K
Total Stories: 77; Time & Words: [26h] πŸ’¬482K
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Thursday, April 15, 2021

April 2021 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: πŸ’¬0
Recommended By Stories: 13; Time & Words: [4h:17m] πŸ’¬77K
Total Stories: 27; Time & Words: [8h:19m] πŸ’¬150K
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Monday, March 15, 2021

March 2021 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: πŸ’¬0
Recommended By Stories: 30; Time & Words: πŸ’¬NaNM
Total Stories: 78; Time & Words: [27h] πŸ’¬493K
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Monday, February 15, 2021

February 2021 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: πŸ’¬0
Recommended By Stories: 7; Time & Words: [2h:09m] πŸ’¬39K
Total Stories: 29; Time & Words: [8h:05m] πŸ’¬146K
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Friday, February 5, 2021

Annotated 2020 Locus Reading List for Short Fiction

Update 11/7/21: Tagged 2 πŸ†World Fantasy Award winners (click link to highlight).
Update 10/18/21: Tagged 3 πŸ†Sturgeon Award winners (click link to highlight).
Update 10/4/21: Tagged 32 stories from πŸ“™Neil Clarke's year's best science fiction anthology (click link to highlight).
Update 9/29/21: Tagged 1 πŸ†British Fantasy Award winner (click link to highlight).
Update 9/7/21: Tagged 3 πŸ†Otherwise Award finalists and winner (click link to highlight).
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Here is the annotated 2020 Locus Recommended Reading List for short fiction, merged with RSR's 2020 Best SF/F list (aka our aggregated list of "outstanding" stories from 2020 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, 2021.

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

Saturday, January 16, 2021

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: πŸ’¬0
Recommended By Stories: 37; Time & Words: [15h] πŸ’¬272K
Total Stories: 81; Time & Words: [26h] πŸ’¬483K
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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 πŸ†, included in year's best anthologies πŸ“™, or recommended by other prolific reviewers πŸ‘ (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: πŸ’¬0
Recommended By Stories: 16; Time & Words: [4h:51m] πŸ’¬87K
Total Stories: 43; Time & Words: [12h] πŸ’¬216K
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