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UPDATE: My New Year’s Resolution

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


QUICK STATS:

   STARTING SF-POINTS©: 234

   SF-POINTS©EARNED THIS MONTH: 35 (QUOTA: 31)

   YEAR-TO-DATE SF-POINTS©: 269 (YTD QUOTA: 244)

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DATE READ STORY AUTHOR YEAR WRITTEN SOURCE RATING TYPE POINTS YTD POINTS
08/01/04 “Great Wall of Mars” Alastair Reynolds 2000 The Year’s Best Science Fiction #18 edited by Gardner Dozois 5/5 NV 2 236
08/02/04 “Glacial” Alastair Reynolds 2001 The Year’s Best Science Fiction #19 edited by Gardner Dozois 3/5 NV 2 238
08/05/04 “For White Hill” Joe Haldeman 1995 Year’s Best SF #1 edited by David G. Hartwell 2/5 NA 4 242
08/06/04 “In Saturn Time” William Barton 1995 3/5 SS 1 243
08/13/04 “A Crowd of Shadows” Charles L. Grant 1976 SCI FICTION 4.5/5 SS 1 244
08/14/04 “Coming of Age in Karhide by Sov Thade Tage em Ereb, of Rer, in Karhide, on Gethen” Ursula K. Le Guin 1995 Year’s Best SF #1 edited by David G. Hartwell 2.5/5 NV 2 246
08/14/04 “The Three Descents of Jeremy Baker” Roger Zelazny 1995 2.5/5 SS 1 247
08/17/04 “The Day the Aliens Came” Robert Sheckley 1995 1/5 SS 1 248
08/17/04 “Microbe” Joan Slonczewski 1995 3/5 SS 1 249
08/18/04 “The Time telephone” Adam Roberts 2002 Infinity Plus 2/5 SS 1 250
08/19/04 “The Ziggurat” Gene Wolfe 1995 Year’s Best SF #1 edited by David G. Hartwell 2.5/5 NA 4 254
08/25/04 “The Sword of Damocles” Bruce Sterling 1990 Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine (February 1990) 1.5/5 SS 1 255
08/25/04 “Fool to Believe” Pat Cadigan 1990 4.5/5 NA 4 259
08/26/04 “A Braver Thing” Charles Sheffield 1990 4/5 NV 2 261
08/27/04 “Joyride” Deborah Wessell 1990 2.5/5 NV 2 263
08/28/04 “Travelers” Damian Kilby 1990 2/5 NV 2 265
08/30/04 “The Cookie Monster” Vernor Vinge 2003 Analog 4/5 NA 4 269

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

NOTES:

  • Miscellaneous reviews follow

“A Crowd of Shadows” by Charles L. Grant
[Read: 08/13/04]
[Rating: 4.5/5]
[Source: SCI FICTION]

  • Synopsis: A SF murder mystery where the suspect is a boy android.
  • Review: I liked Grant’s descriptive writing style; he says much with few words. It lent to the feeling of being a classic murder mystery. It wasn’t exactly a fast read, though. The poignancy of the boy’s suffering from the public prejudice against androids was a nice touch.
  • Note: Winner of the 1977 Short Story Nebula Award

    “The Time Telephone” by Adam Roberts
    [Read: 08/18/04]
    [Rating: 2/5]
    [Source: Infinity Plus]

  • Synopsis: “Neutroelectrons” allow for telephone calls into the past and future.
  • Review: Very intriguing idea, but a bit poor on the delivery. The ending was just lost on me.

    “The Cookie Monster” by Vernor Vinge
    [Read: 08/30/04]
    [Rating: 4/5]
    [Source: Analog]

  • Synopsis: Dixie Mae is a customer support representative of a huge technology company. She receives an email revealing something about her childhood that only she knows about. The email leads her on an adventure that proves things are not at all like they appear to be at LotsaTech Company.
  • Review: Very good story because halfway through it reveals itself to be something completely different (and much cooler) than the average mystery story set in a corporate environment. Hard to explain further without giving it away.
  • Note: Finalist for the 2003 Hugo Award for Best Novella
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    2 Comments on UPDATE: My New Year’s Resolution

    1. Hey, what do you know! I’m at 269 as well, but that’s a straight one-for-one count.
      Just picked up a couple of new (for me) anthologies, so I should hit 300 Real Soon Now.

    2. Well I might be working as many as four extra shifts this weekend…so I figure I’ll be blowing by 300 next week for sure, if not this weekend itself.

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