Showing posts with label Review. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Review. Show all posts

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Hugo Awards Deadline #2: March 16, 2018

For help nominating for the Hugo Awards, see our 2018 Hugo Awards page for a select list of novellas, novelettes and short stories by 192 authors from 22 publications that were most-recommended by seven prolific reviewers in 2017. We also have a list of 167 short fiction authors eligible for the 2018 Campbell Award, a "lightbox" display of art by over 100 artists eligible for the 2018 Best Professional Artist category, and statistics on magazine and anthology editors eligible for the 2018 Best Editor (Short Form) category (coming soon).

2018Year-To-DateMonthly Ratings
2017Best Stories; Hard SF LGBT Fantasy
2016Best StoriesHard SF LGBT
2015Best StoriesHard SF; RSR Library

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

On the Occasion of A Burial of Ernest Zach Ulrich, by Mary Kuryla

[Strange Horizons]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Fantasy) Nanny gives the man's eulogy, including the personal statement of how the deceased once found himself turned into a bear. (4,585 words; Time: 15m)


Such Were the Faces of the Living Creatures, by Josh Pearce

[BCS]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy) When Cy’s daughter gets the disintegration scabs, they head into the badlands in search of a cure. (6,686 words; Time: 22m)


The Last Human Child, by Milo James Fowler

[BCS]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Post-Apocalypse) Dahlia, the last human child, is only ten years old, but she flees the wrath of the Spliced after killing their elder council. (7,643 words; Time: 25m)


Red Dreams, by R.Z. Held

[BCS]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Post-Apocalypse) Tarnish knows that her dreams mean that in a day or two, she’ll start trying to kill people to let their blood out. Her partner on the mail route thinks this is nonsense, and they need to support each other against the other dangers out there. (6,794 words; Time: 22m)


Penitents, by Rich Larson

[BCS]
★★★★☆ A nice coming-of-age piece

(Post-Apocalypse) Mara has made a deal with a scavenger girl to help her rescue her best friend, who left the underground habitat to try to talk to the aliens and never came back. (6,374 words; Time: 21m)


Where Would You Be Now?, by Carrie Vaughn

[Tor.com]
★★★☆☆ Good Setup for a Longer Story

(Post-Apocalypse; Coast Road) It has only been five years since The Fall, but the clinic where teenage Kath works is the only medical service for two hundred miles. (8,998 words; Time: 29m)

Readers of the novel, Bannerless, will recognize “Auntie Kath.”

Her Beautiful Body, by Adrienne Celt

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[Strange Horizons]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Slipstream) Come and see her beautiful body! On display for just six to eight weeks. Looking better than when she was alive. (2,759 words; Time: 09m)


Work, and Ye Shall Eat, by Walker McKnight

[Apex]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Fantasy Apocalypse) Karen doesn’t know why the government sealed off the Adamstown historical recreation, but something terrible seems to have happened to the outside world. (7,300 words; Time: 24m)


A Witch's Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies, by Alix E. Harrow

[Apex]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Modern Fantasy) The narrator is a witch who works in a public library somewhere in the American Mid-West. Her job is to get patrons the books they need, but a lonely teenage boy poses a challenge. (4,900 words; Time: 16m)


Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Quiet Like a Homecoming, by Cassandra Khaw

[Lightspeed]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Slipstream) An animal wife comes to Sweden to try to erase her memory of a lover who betrayed her. (1,966 words; Time: 06m)


The Goddess Has Many Faces, by Ashok K. Banker

[Lightspeed]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Military Fantasy) In a near-future India, an assassin targets a rebel leader who claims to be a living god. (4,331 words; Time: 14m)


Four-Point Affective Calibration, by Bogi Takács

[Lightspeed]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(SF) The narrator completes an interview to get qualified to communicate with aliens. (1,339 words; Time: 04m)


A Coward's Death, by Rahul Kanakia

[Lightspeed]
★★★☆☆ Average

(High Fantasy) When the Emperor demands a levy of young men, woe be unto he who refuses to go. (2,130 words; Time: 07m)


Umbernight, by Carolyn Ives Gilman

[Clarkesworld]
★★★☆☆ Mixed

(SF Colony Adventure) The colonists on Dust usually hunker down for their years-long winter, especially when the companion star, Umber, blasts the surface with radiation, but a critical package from Earth needs to be retrieved now. (18,059 words; Time: 1h:00m)


The Power is Out, by A Que

[Clarkesworld]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Post-Apocalypse) In the ruins of a China shattered by an electromagnetic pulse, five friends decide to flee their dead city in the face of an oncoming harsh winter, seeking shelter in the warmer south about which they know nothing. (12,243 words; Time: 40m)


Obliteration, by Robert Reed

[Clarkesworld]
★★★☆☆ Mixed

(Near-Future SF) Kleave’s life is upended when a freak accident disables all three of the archives where he stores copies of his experiences and memories. (4,971 words; Time: 16m)


Deep Down in The Cloud, by Julie Novakova

[Clarkesworld]
★☆☆☆☆ Needs Improvement

(Dystopian Action Adventure) Mariana and her two companions descend to an underwater datacenter to try to change the world or die trying. (4,930 words; Time: 16m)


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

A Snow, A Flood, A Fire, by Jamie Berrout

[Strange Horizons]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Dystopia) Lupita Garza hates her job as a guard at the museum, her boss seems to hate her, and it looks like her uterus transplant isn’t going to get funded. Things go downhill from there. (4,119 words; Time: 13m)


Obscura, by Yoon Ha Lee

[Strange Horizons]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Uncanny Horror) A young teenager meets a man with a strange, old-fashioned camera that doesn’t seem to work—so why does the man insist it not be used on people? (2,444 words; Time: 08m)