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

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

News & Highlights

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

Diversity in Outstanding SF/F Short Fiction
Stories with ๐ŸŒˆLGBT people: 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2015-2016
Stories by ๐Ÿ“šPeople of Color: 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2015-2016

Monthly Ratings & Annual Outstanding Selections
๐Ÿ“…2023: Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
๐Ÿ†Best SF/F: 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
๐Ÿš€Hard SF: 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
✨High Fantasy: 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2016-2017
๐Ÿ˜ฑSF/F Horror: 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2016-2017

March 2023 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: → Due next month
Total Stories: 95; Time & Words: [23h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ424K
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Monday, February 20, 2023

February 2023 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 15; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌNaNM
Total Stories: 30; Time & Words: [8h:00m] ๐Ÿ’ฌ144K
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Saturday, February 4, 2023

Annotated 2022 Locus Reading List for Short Fiction

Update 3/7/22: Tagged 17 ๐Ÿ†Nebula Award finalists (click link to highlight).
Update 3/2/23: Tagged 2 of 5 ๐Ÿ†BSFA Award (short fiction) finalists (click link to highlight).
Update 3/1/23: Tagged 2 ๐Ÿ†Clarkesworld Reader's Poll winners (click link to highlight).
Update 2/27/23: Tagged 6 ๐Ÿ†Uncanny Reader's Poll winners and finalists (click link to highlight).
Update 2/18/23: Tagged 13 ๐Ÿ†Analog Readers' Award finalists (click link to highlight).
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Here is the annotated 2022 Locus Recommended Reading List for short fiction, merged with RSR's 2022 Best SF/F list (aka our aggregated list of "outstanding" stories from 2022 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, 2023.

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

Monday, January 16, 2023

SF/F Ballots For Stories From 2022

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 2022 YTD page, grouped by length (novella, novelette, short story), by publication, by new writer (year 1, year 2), or by author.

Sunday, January 15, 2023

January 2023 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 30; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌNaNM
Total Stories: 84; Time & Words: [25h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ463K
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Thursday, December 15, 2022

December 2022 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 10; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌNaNM
Total Stories: 33; Time & Words: [7h:00m] ๐Ÿ’ฌ126K
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Thursday, December 8, 2022

Outstanding SF/F by People of Color 2021

In the spirit of Lightspeed Magazine's famous People of Color Destroy Science Fiction series, here are 42 stories by 40 people of color that had scores of 3 or higher from RSR's 2021 Best SF/F list. That list contains the 272 most-recommended stories out of 600+ covered, so the 42 stories by people of color make up around 15% of the best of 2021.

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 sixth year we've done this list (2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2015-2016).

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

November 2022 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 41; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌNaNM
Total Stories: 84; Time & Words: [25h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ456K
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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 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 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: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 14; Time & Words: [4h:25m] ๐Ÿ’ฌ80K
Total Stories: 29; Time & Words: [9h:23m] ๐Ÿ’ฌ169K
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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 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 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 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 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: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 45; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌNaNM
Total Stories: 96; Time & Words: [26h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ468K
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Monday, August 15, 2022

August 2022 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 11; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌNaNM
Total Stories: 29; Time & Words: [7h:16m] ๐Ÿ’ฌ131K
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Friday, July 15, 2022

July 2022 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 37; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌNaNM
Total Stories: 85; Time & Words: [27h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ495K
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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

June 2022 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 9; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌNaNM
Total Stories: 33; Time & Words: [8h:33m] ๐Ÿ’ฌ154K
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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 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.

Monday, May 16, 2022

May 2022 Ratings

5★ & 4★ Stories: 0; Time & Words: ๐Ÿ’ฌ0
Recommended By Stories: 38; Time & Words: [15h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ273K
Total Stories: 92; Time & Words: [25h] ๐Ÿ’ฌ451K
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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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