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UPDATE: My New Year’s Resolution

This is the March 2004 update of my New Year’s Resolution.


QUICK STATS:

   SF-POINT© QUOTA: 31

   SF-POINTS©EARNED: 46

   YEAR-TO-DATE SF-POINTS©: 115

PREVIOUS MONTHS: Jan  
Feb  

DATE READ STORY AUTHOR YEAR WRITTEN SOURCE RATING TYPE POINTS YTD POINTS
03/02/04 To Cuddle Amy Nancy Kress 2000 Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine (August 2000) SS 1 70
03/02/04 The Political Officer Charles Coleman Finlay 2002 The Year’s Best Science Fiction #20 NA 4 74
03/04/04 Lambing Season Molly Gloss 2002 SS 1 75
03/04/04 Coelacanths Robert Reed 2002 NV 2 77
03/05/04 The Prophet Ugly Robert Reed 2000 Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine (April 2000) NV 2 79
03/05/04 Regression Brian Stableford 2000 NV 2 81
03/05/04 Presence Maureen F. McHugh 2002 The Year’s Best Science Fiction #20 NV 2 83
03/08/04 At Lightspeed Slowing Cory Doctorow 2000 Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine (April 2000) NV 2 85
03/08/04 Lobsters Charles Stross 2001 Asimov’s Science Fiction NV 2 87
03/09/04 Halo Charles Stross 2002 The Year’s Best Science Fiction #20 and online NV 2 89
03/10/04 From Mars and Venus Robert R. Chase 2000 Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine (April 2000) SS 1 90
03/11/04 When It Ends Robert Reed 2000 Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine (August 2000) SS 1 91
03/13/04 The Ladykiller, as Observed from a Safe Distance Brian Stableford 2000 SS 1 92
03/13/04 The Wurst King vs Aluminum Foil Boy R. Neube 2000 SS 1 93
03/17/04 The Arimaspian Legacy Gene Wolfe 1987 Infinity Plus SS 1 94
03/17/04 Telling Stories in the Dark William P. Simmons 2002 Infinity Plus SS 1 95
03/18/04 The Potter of Bones Eleanor Arnason 2002 The Year’s Best Science Fiction #20 NA 4 99
03/19/04 In Paradise Bruce Sterling 2002 SS 1 100
03/23/04 The Old Cosmonaut and the Construction Worker Dream of Mars Ian McDonald 2002 NV 2 102
03/23/04-03/25/04 Stories For Men John Kessel 2002 NA 4 106
03/25/04 To Become a Warrior Chris Beckett 2002 SS 1 107
03/30/04 Radiant Green Star Lucius Shepard 2000 Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine (August 2000) NA 4 111
03/31/04 One-Eyed Jacks and Suicide Kings R. Garcia y Robertson 2000 NA 4 115

KEY:VI=Vignette (.25 points), SS=Short Story (1 point), NV=Novelette (2 points), NA=Novella (4 points)

NOTES:

  • The reviews of the stories from Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine
    (April 2000 and
    August 2000) have already been posted.

  • The reviews for the stories from The Year’s Best Science Fiction #20 will be posted when I complete
    the anthology. [4/24 UPDATE: Links added!]

  • Miscellaneous reviews follow

Lobsters by Charles Stross
[Read: 03/8/04]
[Rating: ]
[Source: Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine (June 2001) and also online]

  • Synopsis: Manfred Macx is a permanently hardwired “venture altruist” in an ultra-high-tech socio-economic near-future.
  • Review: Not entirely sure what to make of this one. It was good, but there is so much going on in so many different areas (digitally uploaded lobsters, economics and politics [NOT favorite fiction topics of mine], defections by sentient AIs, cyber-lifestyles, a dominatrix ex-girlfriend) that I couldn’t get my mind wrapped all of it. And, like John C. Wright’s The Golden Age, Stross’ Lobsters is heavily weighted down by futuristic jargon. I read this freely available story in preparation for Halo, the fourth novelette of a series that begins with Lobsters.
  • Note: First in the nine novelette/novella sequence: (1) Lobsters, (2) Troubadour [novelette], (3) Tourist [novelette], (4) Halo [novelette], (5) Router [novella], (6) Nightfall [novelette], (7) Curator [novelette], (8) Elector [due in 2004], (9) Survivor [due in 2004].

    The Arimaspian Legacy by Gene Wolfe
    [Read: 03/17/04]
    [Rating: ]
    [Source: Infinity Plus]

  • Synopsis: Reminiscence on a boyhood friend who claims to be ruler of the world.
  • Review: Good story, not great. The thing I liked most were the descriptions of this avid “book acquirer”. The term “collector” was not used because there seemed to be no plan to how he acquired the books.

    Telling Stories in the Dark by William P. Simmons
    [Read: 03/17/04]
    [Rating: ]
    [Source: Infinity Plus]

  • Synopsis: Only the telling of stories will keep the boogie man away from your kids.
  • Review: Good at building suspense
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    John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.
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