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UPDATE: My New Year’s Resolution

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


QUICK STATS:

   STARTING SF-POINTS©: 117

   SF-POINTS©EARNED THIS MONTH: 32 (QUOTA: 30)

   YEAR-TO-DATE SF-POINTS©: 149 (YTD QUOTA: 121)

PREVIOUS MONTHS:
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DATE READ STORY AUTHOR YEAR WRITTEN SOURCE RATING TYPE POINTS YTD POINTS
04/01/04 The Clear Blue Seas of Luna Gregory Benford 2002 The Year’s Best Science Fiction #20 2/5 NV 2 117
04/02/04 The Baum Plan for Financial Independence John Kessel 2004 SCI FICTION 2/5 SS 1 118
04/02/04 The Little Lamb Frederic Brown 1953 SCI FICTION 5/5 SS 1 119
04/07/04 Caught in the Organ Draft Robert Silverberg 1972 SCI FICTION 5/5 SS 1 120
04/10/04 V.A.O. Geoff Ryman 2002 The Year’s Best Science Fiction #20 4.5/5 NA 4 124
04/10/04 Winters are Hard Steven Popkes 2002 3/5 SS 1 125
04/12/04 At the Money Richard Wadholm 2002 1/5 NV 2 127
04/12/04 Agent Provocateur Alexander Irvine 2002 3/5 SS 1 128
04/13/04 Singleton Greg Egan 2002 4/5 NV 2 130
04/16/04 Slow Life Michael Swanwick 2002 5/5 NV 2 132
04/16/04 A Flock of Birds James Van Pelt 2002 2/5 SS 1 133
04/17/04 The Whisper of Disks John Meaney 2002 2/5 NV 2 135
04/17/04 The Hotel at Harlan’s Landing Kage Baker 2002 3/5 SS 1 136
04/17/04 The Millennium Party Walter Jon Williams 2002 3/5 VI 0 136
04/18/04 Turquoise Days Alastair Reynolds 2002 5/5 NA 4 140
04/23/04 Fermi and Frost Frederik Pohl 1985 Armageddons edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois 5/5 SS 1 141
04/25/04 A Desperate Calculus Gregory Benford 1995 2/5 NV 2 143
04/27/04 It’s the Thought That Counts Jerry Oltion 2000 Analog Science Fiction & Fact – December 2000 4/5 SS 1 144
04/28/04 Evolution Nancy Kress 1995 Armageddons 3/5 NV 2 146
04/29/04 A Message to the King of Brobdingnag Richard Cowper 1995 4/5 NV 2 148
04/29/04 “…The World, as We Know’t” Howard Waldrop 1982 2/5 SS 1 149

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

NOTES:

  • Some reviews are yet to be posted (Analog Science Fiction & Fact – December 2000)
  • Miscellaneous reviews follow

The Baum Plan for Financial Independence by John Kessel
[Read: 04/02/04]
[Rating: 2/5]
[Source: SCI FICTION]

  • Synopsis: A scamming couple, reunited after one serves time, follows a lead to some easy money. They go to a deserted house and, inside a closet, discover a seemingly impossible palace where they ask for a large amount of money and get it.
  • Review: Good writing here but this was nothing more than a “wonder what’s around the next corner” tale. The plot was a bit too simplistic. The Wizard of Oz References are cute, but not significant enough to mean anything.

    The Little Lamb by Frederic Brown
    [Read: 04/02/04]
    [Rating: 5/5]
    [Source: SCI FICTION]

  • Synopsis: A painter suspects his wife of cheating on him.
  • Review: Excellent, top-notch story where the suspense keeps increasing. Fantastic writing.

    Caught in the Organ Draft by Robert Silverberg
    [Read: 04/07/04]
    [Rating: 5/5]
    [Source: SCI FICTION]

  • Synopsis: Concerns a society where government “drafts” young people to donate organs to older people.
  • Review: Excellent premise superbly executed. A simple idea that makes for a great story. Lots of interesting analyses about the process dictated by the elders as seen through the eyes of one young man intent on draft dodging.
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    1 Comment on UPDATE: My New Year’s Resolution

    1. A lot of reading

      I’m finding sfsignal entertaining at the moment. Also very impressive is that one of the guys is trying to read a science fiction short story each day for a year. Here’s his update so far….

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