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Saturday, July 15, 2017

2017 Hugo Awards Deadline #3: 7/15/17

Final ballots must be completed by July 15, 2017. The Hugo packet will be available in May. Meanwhile, an annotated Hugo Finalists list with links is available at File770. Awards will be presented on August 11, 2017 at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Finland.

Deadline #1: Registration 1/31/17; #2: Nominations 3/17/17#3 Final Ballots 7/15/17

Friday, June 23, 2017

The White-Throated Transmigrant, by E. Lily Yu

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(Dark Fantasy) Hiding from her own problems, Winona volunteers at the local ornithological museum after she hits a bird with her car. (3,555 words; Time: 11m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Mapping the Interior, by Stephen Graham Jones

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(Horror) At 12, Junior thinks his dead father has returned to protect his family. There’s a lot Junior doesn’t know about his father—living or dead. (22,778 words; Time: 1h:15m)

Rating: ★★★★☆ Deeply Creepy

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Darner, by Jonathan Laidlow

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(Horror) Temple’s new thesis supervisor takes her down town to show her the city in a way she’s never seen it before. (7,715 words; Time: 25m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Field Studies, by Sheila Finch

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(Mainstream) A homeless woman fends off unwelcome help from a stranger, even though she seems to be deathly ill. (3,436 words; Time: 11m)

Rating: Not Rated No Speculative Element

The Patient Dragon, by David Gerrold

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(SF Thriller) Injuries from an ambush force the narrator out of regular service and into mercenary work, but it bothers her that she doesn’t know why she was attacked in the first place. (7,527 words; Time: 25m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

The author confirms the word count; this is a novelette, not a short story.

Weighty Matters: Tordor's Story, by James Gunn

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(Military SF; Transcendental) Tordor’s species produces warriors by brutal training starting from a young age. He’s very successful, but he dreams of changing the system. (5,871 words; Time: 19m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Transcendental Mission: Riley's Story, by James Gunn

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(SF; Transcendental) Riley finds himself in a place with no light and no sound, and he can’t even feel his body. He tries to remember how he got there. (5,014 words; Time: 16m)

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ Needs Improvement

An Evening with Severyn Grimes, by Rich Larson

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(SF Thriller) After terrorists spring her from cryo-prison, talented hacker Girasol goes into cyberspace to help them target the rich businessman who put her in prison in the first place. (7,216 words; Time: 24m)

Rating: ★★★★★ Exciting, Gripping, Touching

Annabelle, Annie, by Lisa Goldstein

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(Near-Future SF) Teen-age Annie has become an environmental fanatic, and she’s driving her parents crazy. (5,736 words; Time: 19m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Gale Strang, by Michael Bishop

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(Modern Fantasy) An intelligent birdcage narrates the story of a young runaway, a lonely old lady, and a missing bird. (8,250 words; Time: 27m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Almost zero speculative content.

@lantis, by Rudy Rucker and Marc Laidlaw

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(SF Surfer Humor; Delbert & Zep) A high-tech billionaire schemes to steal magic bubbles from Atlantis but surfers Del and Zep get in the way. (11,496 words; Time: 38m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Add one star if you're looking for a good laugh.

Other Worlds and this One, by Cadwell Turnbull

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(Time Travel) The narrator revisits the past hoping either to change it, understand it, or at least make peace with it. (8,295 words; Time: 27m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

The Girl Who Stole Herself, by R. Garcia y Robertson

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(SF Adventure Humor) In 3V, Amanda is a proud space princess, but in the real world she’s a 17-year-old high school dropout who lives with her mom. Slavers are after her, and some parts of the 3V world are more real than they ought to be. (24,545 words; Time: 1h:21m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ A Wild Ride

Add a star if a fun ride matters more than the ending.

How Sere Picked Up Her Laundry, by Alexander Jablokov

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(SF Mystery) A struggling private investigator in a city full of alien refugees, Sere risks her life seeking connections between some mysterious aliens and an exterminator who blew himself up. (19,217 words; Time: 1h:04m)

Rating: ★★★★★ Colorful, Exciting, and Fun

Monday, June 19, 2017

A Little Spooky Action, by Howard V. Hendrix

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(SFF Humor) To celebrate the 100th anniversary of General Relativity, Madam Tasha Girl-Friday, Transgender Transgressor of the Boundaries of Space and Time, summons the ghost of Albert Einstein. (985 words; Time: 03m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Blinking Noon and Midnight, by Tim McDaniel

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(SF Humor) Len’s fully automated house system has a “notorious” user interface, as he discovers when he tries to adjust the thermostat. (1,931 words; Time: 06m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Phuquiang: A History, by Uncle River

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(Far-future SF) In which we learn the history of Fire Mountain Lake and Phuquiang. (3,149 words; Time: 10m)

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ Needs Improvement

Pitch, by Bruce McAllister and Patrick Smith

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(SF) A 22nd-Century playwright proposes a screenplay for a thriller. (918 words; Time: 03m)

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ Needs Improvement

Clarity of Signal, by Holly Schofield

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(Far-future SF) Marin is sure the stigs are intelligent and maybe even have telepathy, and she’s determined to make the most of her one chance to study them—even if it costs her her relationship with Landon. (4,906 words; Time: 16m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended