For those who haven’t been beaten over the head with it, last year I resolved to read a short story each day of 2004. Well, that quickly became too daunting so I came up with a SF-POINTS plan to weigh each story according to its approximate length as deemed by the Science Fiction Writers of America. So a short story would count as 1 point, the longer novelette would count as two and the still-longer novella would count as 4 points. This allowed me to take a breather and fit in some novels. The goal, then, was to amass 366 points in the leap year of 2004.

Before I anal-retentively list the short story stats, I though I would comment on my experiences with this experiment.

First and foremost, I read way more in 2004 than I’ve ever read in any other year of my life. Setting the goal of 366 points pushed me better organize my time. It kept me away from the useless exercise of TV channel surfing, one of the biggest time wasters. It also pushed me to use stolen moments here and there to sneak in short story readings. Reading off my PDA helped immensely in this area regardless of my earlier misgivings about eBooks.

Having kept up the pace of 30 or so points a month, I subsequently found more time to read novel-length stories. In 2004, I read 48 books. I know this is nowhere near the quantity of Amazon reviews that Klausner posts in a single day, but for me, 2004 was the year of reading.

I was exposed to many more authors than I had ever been before. While that does not in any way help my book buying obsession (“Oh, look! I’ve heard of them!” Cha-ching!), it has broadened my literary horizons. I can’t say that my tastes have changed but I can say that I’ve enjoyed many different writing styles.

Overall, it was just plain fun!

And now on with the stats…

(For individual monthly summaries, pick your month: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12)


SHORT STORY RATING SUMMARIES:

   5/5   46 stories

   4.5/5   23 stories

   4/5   44 stories

   3.5/5   15 stories

   3/5   46 stories

   2.5/5   8 stories

   2/5   31 stories

   1.5/5   4 stories

   1/5   10 stories

   0.5/5   0 stories

   0/5   2 stories

   TOTAL STORIES READ : 229

Reading 229 stories instead of 366 stories gave me room to breathe. Frequent SF Signal visitor Fred K, on the other hand, went all out and read more than one story every day (on average) regardless of the story size. That is a lot of reading, folks.

Here’s a complete list of all the stories I read, grouped by the rating I gave it. Within each group, the stories are unsorted so the order within a group does not imply anything.

  • 5/5 “The Reluctant Book” by Paul Di Fillippo (2000)
  • 5/5 “Behold The Man” by Michael Moorcock (1967)
  • 5/5 “Mother to the World” by Richard Wilson (1968)
  • 5/5 “Paycheck” by Philip K. Dick (1953)
  • 5/5 “Passengers” by Robert Silverberg (1969)
  • 5/5 “A Boy and His Dog” by Harlan Ellison (1969)
  • 5/5 “Pattern” by Fredric Brown (1954)
  • 5/5 “The Awakening” by Arthur C. Clarke (1952)
  • 5/5 “Mute Milton” by Harry Harrison (1966)
  • 5/5 “Close Behind Him” by John Wyndham (1953)
  • 5/5 “Thirty Days Had September” by Robert F. Young (1957)
  • 5/5 “To Cuddle Amy” by Nancy Kress (2000)
  • 5/5 “Regression” by Brian Stableford (2000)
  • 5/5 “Presence” by Maureen F. McHugh (2002)
  • 5/5 “When It Ends” by Robert Reed (2000)
  • 5/5 “The Ladykiller, as Observed from a Safe Distance” by Brian Stableford (2000)
  • 5/5 “In Paradise” by Bruce Sterling (2002)
  • 5/5 “Stories For Men” by John Kessel (2002)
  • 5/5 “Radiant Green Star” by Lucius Shepard (2000)
  • 5/5 “The Little Lamb” by Frederic Brown (1953)
  • 5/5 “Caught in the Organ Draft” by Robert Silverberg (1972)
  • 5/5 “Slow Life ” by Michael Swanwick (2002)
  • 5/5 “Turquoise Days” by Alastair Reynolds (2002)
  • 5/5 “Fermi and Frost” by Frederik Pohl (1985)
  • 5/5 “The Screwfly Solution” by Alice Sheldon writing as Raccoona Sheldon (a.k.a. James Tiptree, Jr.) (1977)
  • 5/5 “A Pail of Air” by Fritz Leiber (1951)
  • 5/5 “Black Destroyer” by A.E. van Vogt (1939)
  • 5/5 “Paying It Forward” by Michael A. Burstein (2003)
  • 5/5 “Diamond Dogs” by Alastair Reynolds (2002)
  • 5/5 “Robots Don’t Cry” by Mike Resnick (2003)
  • 5/5 “Moon Duel” by Fritz Leiber (1965)
  • 5/5 “On the Orion Line” by Stephen Baxter (2000)
  • 5/5 “Light of Other Days” by Bob Shaw (1966)
  • 5/5 “Think Like a Dinosaur” by James Patrick Kelly (1995)
  • 5/5 “The Empire of Ice Cream” by Jeffrey Ford (2003)
  • 5/5 “Downloading Midnight” by William Browning Spencer (1995)
  • 5/5 “Great Wall of Mars” by Alastair Reynolds (2000)
  • 5/5 “Amnesty” by Octavia Butler (2003)
  • 5/5 “The Waters of Meribah” by Tony Ballantyne (2003)
  • 5/5 “Hall of Mirrors” by Fredric Brown (1953)
  • 5/5 “Brooklyn Project” by William Tenn (1948)
  • 5/5 “Allamagoosa” by Eric Frank Russell (1955)
  • 5/5 “The Ice” by Steven Popkes (2003)
  • 5/5 “Calling Your Name” by Howard Waldrop (2003)
  • 5/5 “Anomalous Structures Of My Dreams” by M. Shayne Bell (2003)
  • 5/5 “All You Zombies?” by Robert A. Heinlein (1959)
  • 4.5/5 “Call Him Lord” by Gordon R. Dickson (1966)
  • 4.5/5 “The Prophet Ugly” by Robert Reed (2000)
  • 4.5/5 “To Become a Warrior ” by Chris Beckett (2002)
  • 4.5/5 “One-Eyed Jacks and Suicide Kings ” by R. Garcia y Robertson (2000)
  • 4.5/5 “V.A.O.” by Geoff Ryman (2002)
  • 4.5/5 “Descending” by Thomas M. Disch (1964)
  • 4.5/5 “The Dandelion Girl” by Robert F. Young (1961)
  • 4.5/5 “The Girl had Guts” by Theodore Sturgeon (1957)
  • 4.5/5 “Galactic North” by Alastair Reynolds (1999)
  • 4.5/5 “Shadow Twin” by Gardner Dozois, George R. R. Martin and Daniel Abraham (2004)
  • 4.5/5 “A Crowd of Shadows” by Charles L. Grant (1976)
  • 4.5/5 “Fool to Believe” by Pat Cadigan (1990)
  • 4.5/5 “In Fading Suns and Dying Moons” by John Varley (2003)
  • 4.5/5 “Castaway” by Gene Wolfe (2003)
  • 4.5/5 “Nimby and the Dimension Hoppers” by Cory Doctorow (2003)
  • 4.5/5 “Annuity Clinic” by Nigel Brown (2003)
  • 4.5/5 “The Battle of Long Island” by Nancy Kress (1993)
  • 4.5/5 “3 RMS, Good View” by Karen Haber (1990)
  • 4.5/5 “Hawksbill Station” by Robert Silverberg (1967)
  • 4.5/5 “A Writer’s Life” by Eric Brown (2001)
  • 4.5/5 “The Bear’s Baby” by Judith Moffett (2003)
  • 4.5/5 “King Dragon” by Michael Swanwick (2003)
  • 4.5/5 “Welcome To Olympus, Mr. Hearst” by Kage Baker (2003)
  • 4/5 “He Who Shapes” (a.k.a. “The Dream Master”) by Roger Zelazny (1965)
  • 4/5 “The Secret Place” by Richard McKenna (1966)
  • 4/5 “The Gravity Mine” by Stephen Baxter (2001)
  • 4/5 “Aye, and Gomorrah?” by Samuel R. Delany (1967)
  • 4/5 “Let’s Be Frank” by Brian Aldiss (1957)
  • 4/5 “In the Bag” by Laurence M. Janifer (1964)
  • 4/5 “Homey Atmosphere” by Daniel F. Galouye (1961)
  • 4/5 “The Bitterest Pill” by Frederik Pohl (1959)
  • 4/5 “The Fence” by Clifford Simak (1952)
  • 4/5 “Project Hush” by William Tenn (1954)
  • 4/5 “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1961)
  • 4/5 “The Most Famous Little Girl in the World” by Nancy Kress (2002)
  • 4/5 “At Lightspeed Slowing” by Cory Doctorow (2000)
  • 4/5 “Halo” by Charles Stross (2002)
  • 4/5 “Singleton” by Greg Egan (2002)
  • 4/5 “It’s the Thought That Counts ” by Jerry Oltion (2000)
  • 4/5 “A Message to the King of Brobdingnag” by Richard Cowper (1984)
  • 4/5 “Inconstant Moon” by Larry Niven (1971)
  • 4/5 “War of Nerves” by A.E. van Vogt (1950)
  • 4/5 “Discord in Scarlet” by A.E. van Vogt (1939)
  • 4/5 “Eden Tag” by Stephen L. Burns (2000)
  • 4/5 “Soldiers Home” by William Barton (1999)
  • 4/5 “A Study in Emerald” by Neil Gaiman (2003)
  • 4/5 “Hot Times in Magma City” by Robert Silverberg (1995)
  • 4/5 “A Braver Thing” by Charles Sheffield (1990)
  • 4/5 “The Cookie Monster” by Vernor Vinge (2003)
  • 4/5 “The Day We Went Through the Transition” by Ricard de la Casa & Pedro Jorge Romero (1997/2003)
  • 4/5 “Rabbit test” by Jeffrey Ford (2004)
  • 4/5 “Hexagons” by Robert Reed (2003)
  • 4/5 “The Madwoman of Shuttlefield” by Allen M. Steele (2003)
  • 4/5 “The Albertine Notes” by Rick Moody (2003)
  • 4/5 “On the Nature of Time” by Bill Pronzini & Barry N. Malzberg (1981)
  • 4/5 “A Little Something for Us Tempunauts” by Philip K. Dick (1974)
  • 4/5 “The Chronology Protection Case” by Paul Levinson (1995)
  • 4/5 “Time Travelers Never Die” by Jack McDevitt (1996)
  • 4/5 “Off On A Starship” by William Barton (2003)
  • 4/5 “The Bellman” by John Varley (2003)
  • 4/5 “The Long Way Home” by James Van Pelt (2003)
  • 4/5 “Strong Medicine” by William Shunn (2003)
  • 4/5 “And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon” by Paul Di Filippo (2003)
  • 4/5 “Dear Abbey” by Terry Bisson (2003)
  • 4/5 “Tower of Babylon” by Ted Chiang (1990)
  • 4/5 “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang (1998)
  • 4/5 “Liking What You See: A Documentary” by Ted Chiang (2002)
  • 3.5/5 “Starship Day” by Ian R. MacLeod (1995)
  • 3.5/5 “The Potter of Bones” by Eleanor Arnason (2002)
  • 3.5/5 “Snowball in Hell” by Brian Stableford (2000)
  • 3.5/5 “It’s All True” by John Kessel (2003)
  • 3.5/5 “And He Built a Crooked House” by Robert A. Heinlein (1940)
  • 3.5/5 “Gossamer” by Stephen Baxter (1995)
  • 3.5/5 “Coyote at the End of History” by Michael Swanwick (2003)
  • 3.5/5 “Night of Time” by Robert Reed (2003)
  • 3.5/5 “The Man Who Came Early” by Poul Anderson (1956)
  • 3.5/5 “Anachron” by Damon Knight (1954)
  • 3.5/5 “June Sixteenth At Anna’s” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (2003)
  • 3.5/5 “The Green Leopard Plague” by Walter Jon Williams (2003)
  • 3.5/5 “Singletons In Love” by Paul Melko (2003)
  • 3.5/5 “Dragonhead” by Nick DiChario (2003)
  • 3.5/5 “The Hydrogen Wall” by Gregory Benford (2003)
  • 3/5 “The Last Castle” by Jack Vance (1966)
  • 3/5 “Dragonriders” by Anne McCaffrey (1968)
  • 3/5 “No Moon for Me” by Walter M. Miller, Jr. (1952)
  • 3/5 “He Had a Big Heart” by Frank Quattrocchi (1955)
  • 3/5 “The Great Slow Kings” by Roger Zelazny (1963)
  • 3/5 “The Passenger” by Paul McCauley (2002)
  • 3/5 “Lambing Season” by Molly Gloss (2002)
  • 3/5 “Coelacanths” by Robert Reed (2002)
  • 3/5 “Lobsters” by Charles Stross (2001)
  • 3/5 “The Arimaspian Legacy” by Gene Wolfe (1987)
  • 3/5 “Telling Stories in the Dark” by William P. Simmons (2002)
  • 3/5 “The Old Cosmonaut and the Construction Worker Dream of Mars” by Ian McDonald (2002)
  • 3/5 “Winters are Hard” by Steven Popkes (2002)
  • 3/5 “Agent Provocateur” by Alexander Irvine (2002)
  • 3/5 “The Hotel at Harlan’s Landing” by Kage Baker (2002)
  • 3/5 “The Millennium Party” by Walter Jon Williams (2002)
  • 3/5 “Evolution” by Nancy Kress (1995)
  • 3/5 “The Peacemaker” by Gardner Dozois (1983)
  • 3/5 “The Missing Mass” by Larry Niven (2000)
  • 3/5 “Savior” by Robert Reed (1998)
  • 3/5 “Masque of the Red Shift” by Fred Saberhagen (1965)
  • 3/5 “Bernardo’s House” by James Patrick Kelly (2003)
  • 3/5 “Time Piece” by Joe Haldeman (1970)
  • 3/5 “What I Didn’t See” by Karen Joy Fowler (2003)
  • 3/5 “Slow Tuesday Night” by R. A. Lafferty (1965)
  • 3/5 “Wonders of the Invisible World” by Patricia A. McKillip (1995)
  • 3/5 “A Worm in the Well” by Gregory Benford (1995)
  • 3/5 “Glacial” by Alastair Reynolds (2001)
  • 3/5 “In Saturn Time” by William Barton (1995)
  • 3/5 “Microbe” by Joan Slonczewski (1995)
  • 3/5 “Birth Days” by Geoff Ryman (2003)
  • 3/5 “Rogue Farm” by Charles Stross (2003)
  • 3/5 “Four Short Novels” by Joe Haldeman (2003)
  • 3/5 “A Night on the Barbary Coast” by Kage Baker (2003)
  • 3/5 “Bread and Bombs” by M. Rickert (2003)
  • 3/5 “The Great Game” by Stephen Baxter (2003)
  • 3/5 “Ripples in the Dirac Sea” by Geoffrey A. Landis (1988)
  • 3/5 “Time Trap” by Charles L. Harness (1948)
  • 3/5 “Park Polar” by Adam Roberts (2001)
  • 3/5 “Bagatelle” by John Varley (1976)
  • 3/5 “The Fluted Girl” by Paolo Bacigalupi (2003)
  • 3/5 “Dead Worlds” by Jack Skillingstead (2003)
  • 3/5 “Awake In The Night” by John C. Wright (2003)
  • 3/5 “Understand” by Ted Chiang (1990)
  • 3/5 “Seventy-two Letters” by Ted Chiang (2000)
  • 3/5 “Hell Is the Absence of God” by Ted Chiang (2001)
  • 2.5/5 “Family Resemblance” by Alan E. Nourse (1953)
  • 2.5/5 “The Last Sunset ” by Geoffrey A. Landis (1996)
  • 2.5/5 “Coming of Age in Karhide by Sov Thade Tage em Ereb, of Rer, in Karhide, on Gethen” by Ursula K. Le Guin (1995)
  • 2.5/5 “The Three Descents of Jeremy Baker” by Roger Zelazny (1995)
  • 2.5/5 “The Ziggurat” by Gene Wolfe (1995)
  • 2.5/5 “Joyride” by Deborah Wessell (1990)
  • 2.5/5 “Send Me A Mentagram” by Dominic Green (2003)
  • 2.5/5 “Division by Zero” by Ted Chiang (1991)
  • 2/5 “Gonna Roll The Bones” by Fritz Leiber (1967)
  • 2/5 “The King of the Beasts” by Philip Jos? Farmer (1964)
  • 2/5 “Maid to Measure” by Damon Knight (1964)
  • 2/5 “I Do Not Hear You, Sir” by Avram Davidson (1958)
  • 2/5 “Day at the Beach” by Carol Emshwiller (1959)
  • 2/5 “X Marks the Pedwalk” by Fritz Leiber (1963)
  • 2/5 “Final Exam” by Chad Oliver (1952)
  • 2/5 “Love Story” by Eric Frank Russell (1957)
  • 2/5 “The Finer Breed” by Helen M. Urban (1956)
  • 2/5 “The Political Officer” by Charles Coleman Finlay (2002)
  • 2/5 “From Mars and Venus” by Robert R. Chase (2000)
  • 2/5 “The Wurst King vs Aluminum Foil Boy” by R. Neube (2000)
  • 2/5 “The Clear Blue Seas of Luna” by Gregory Benford (2002)
  • 2/5 “The Baum Plan For Financial Independence” by John Kessel (2004)
  • 2/5 “A Flock of Birds ” by James Van Pelt (2002)
  • 2/5 “The Whisper of Disks” by John Meaney (2002)
  • 2/5 “A Desperate Calculus ” by Gregory Benford (1995)
  • 2/5 “…The World, as We Know’t” by Howard Waldrop (1982)
  • 2/5 “Down in the Dark” by William Barton (1998)
  • 2/5 “Agents of the Moon” by Jack Williamson (2000)
  • 2/5 “The Ultimate Earth” by Jack Williamson (2000)
  • 2/5 “M33 in Andromeda” by A.E. van Vogt (1943)
  • 2/5 “Among the Wild Cybers of Cybele” by Christopher L. Bennett (2000)
  • 2/5 “The Gardens of Saturn” by Paul J. McCauley (1998)
  • 2/5 “By The Falls” by Harry Harrison (1970)
  • 2/5 “For White Hill” by Joe Haldeman (1995)
  • 2/5 “The Time Telephone” by Adam Roberts (2002)
  • 2/5 “Travelers” by Damian Kilby (1990)
  • 2/5 “EJ-ES” by Nancy Kress (2003)
  • 2/5 “Timetipping” by Jack M. Dann (1975)
  • 2/5 “The Evolution of Human Science” by Ted Chiang (2000)
  • 1.5/5 “The Sword of Damocles” by Bruce Sterling (1990)
  • 1.5/5 “Forever to a Hudson Bay Blanket” by James Tiptree, Jr. (1972)
  • 1.5/5 “The Human Front” by Ken MacLeod (2001)
  • 1.5/5 “Flashmen” by Terry Dowling (2003)
  • 1/5 “Green Chains” by Deborah Wheeler (2000)
  • 1/5 “The Planners” by Kate Wilhelm (1968)
  • 1/5 “Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones” by Samuel R. Delany (1969)
  • 1/5 “The Conquest of the Moon” by Washington Irving (1809)
  • 1/5 “Breathmoss” by Ian R. MacLeod (2002)
  • 1/5 “At the Money” by Richard Wadholm (2002)
  • 1/5 “Legacies” by Tom Purdom (1994)
  • 1/5 “The Day the Aliens Came” by Robert Sheckley (1995)
  • 1/5 “Joe Steele” by Harry Turtledove (2003)
  • 1/5 “The Eyes Of America” by Geoffrey A. Landis (2003)
  • 0/5 “Three Limericks” by B. T. H. Xerxes (????)
  • 0/5 “The Violet’s Embryos” by Ang?lica Gorodischer (2003)

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