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UPDATE: My New Year’s Resolution

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


QUICK STATS:

   STARTING SF-POINTS©: 149

   SF-POINTS©EARNED THIS MONTH: 41 (QUOTA: 31)

   YEAR-TO-DATE SF-POINTS©: 190 (YTD QUOTA: 152)

PREVIOUS MONTHS:
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DATE READ STORY AUTHOR YEAR WRITTEN SOURCE RATING TYPE POINTS YTD POINTS
05/01/04 The Peacemaker Gardner Dozois 1983 Armageddons edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois 3/5 SS 1 150
05/04/04 The Screwfly Solution Alice Sheldon writing as Raccoona Sheldon (a.k.a. James Tiptree, Jr.) 1977 5/5 NV 2 152
05/05/04 A Pail of Air Fritz Leiber 1951 5/5 SS 1 153
05/07/04 Inconstant Moon Larry Niven 1971 4/5 NV 2 155
05/07/04 The Last Sunset Geoffrey A. Landis 1996 2.5/5 SS 1 156
05/07/04 Down in the Dark William Barton 1998 2/5 NV 2 158
05/11/04 Agents of the Moon Jack Williamson 2000 Terraforming Earth and Science Fiction Age – March 2000 2/5 NA 4 162
05/12/04 The Ultimate Earth Jack Williamson 2000 Terraforming Earth and Analog Science Fiction & Fact – December 2000 2/5 NA 4 166
05/14/04 The Missing Mass Larry Niven 2000 Analog Science Fiction & Fact – December 2000 3/5 SS 1 167
05/17/04 Black Destroyer A.E. van Vogt 1939 The Voyage of the Space Beagle 5/5 NV 2 169
05/18/04 Descending Thomas M. Disch 1964 SCI FICTION 4.5/5 SS 1 170
05/18/04 War of Nerves A.E. van Vogt 1950 The Voyage of the Space Beagle 4/5 NV 2 172
05/19/04 Paying It Forward Michael A. Burstein 2003 Analog Online 5/5 NV 2 174
05/19/04 Discord in Scarlet A.E. van Vogt 1939 The Voyage of the Space Beagle 4/5 NV 2 176
05/20/04 M33 in Andromeda A.E. van Vogt 1943 2/5 NV 2 178
05/21/04 Diamond Dogs Alastair Reynolds 2002 Diamond Dogs & Turquoise Days 5/5 NA 4 182
05/23/04 The Dandelion Girl Robert F. Young 1961 SCI FICTION 4.5/5 SS 1 183
05/26/04 Snowball in Hell Brian Stableford 2000 Analog Science Fiction & Fact – December 2000 3.5/5 NV 2 185
05/27/04 Among the Wild Cybers of Cybele Christopher L. Bennett 2000 2/5 NV 2 187
05/29/04 Eden Tag Stephen L. Burns 2000 4/5 NV 2 189
05/31/04 Robots Don’t Cry Mike Resnick 2003 Asimov’s Online 5/5 SS 1 190

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

NOTES:

  • Miscellaneous reviews follow

Descending by Thomas M. Disch
[Read: 05/18/04]
[Rating: 4.5/5]
[Source: SCI FICTION]

  • Synopsis: A down-on-his luck man rides a descending escalator for which there is no bottom.
  • Review: This reads like one of the old twilight Zone episodes. The descent is a metaphor for the man’s life as well as survival. Good stuff.

    Paying It Forward by Michael A. Burstein
    [Read: 05/19/04]
    [Rating: 5/5]
    [Source: Analog Online]

  • Synopsis: An aspiring SF writer receives writing advice through email from his favorite author?who just happens to be dead.
  • Review: Excellent, clear writing; an interesting premise and a dash of poignancy to boot. This is good writing. Well done.
  • Note: Nominated for the 2004 Hugo for Best Short Story

    The Dandelion Girl by Robert F. Young
    [Read: 05/23/04]
    [Rating: 4.5/5]
    [Source: SCI FICTION]

  • Synopsis: A man falls in love with a time-traveling woman from the future.
  • Review: Another (I also read Thirty Days Had September) nicely-done and memorable poignant story from Young. Slightly predictable surprise ending, but so what – the writing takes the reader along for a good ride.

    Robots Don’t Cry by Mike Resnick
    [Read: 05/31/04]
    [Rating: 5/5]
    [Source: Asimov’s Online]

  • Synopsis: A space scavenger and his alien partner find a 500-year-old and robot who feels emotion but is unable to express it.
  • Review: Good story with a touch of humor. A fun, quick read reminiscent of Isaac Asimov’s story Robbie.
  • Note: Nominated for the 2004 Hugo
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    2 Comments on UPDATE: My New Year’s Resolution

    1. Using the Fred Kiesche Straight Line One Points Method (one story, essay or other short piece equals one point), I’m about 180 at this point…

    2. Impressed

      I continue to be impressed by John over at SFSignal. Not only is he reading loads of science fiction this year but he also creates impressive stats of what he has read. Oh to have the time (or the ability…

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