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7/06 UPDATE: My New Year’s Resolution

This is the July 2006 update of my New Year’s Resolution to (almost) read a short story a day.

QUICK STATS:
   STARTING SF-POINTS©: 222
   SF-POINTS© EARNED THIS MONTH: 54 (QUOTA: 31)
   YEAR-TO-DATE SF-POINTS©: 276 (YTD QUOTA: 212)

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DATE READ YEAR WRITTEN STORY AUTHOR SOURCE RATING TYPE POINTS YTD POINTS
07/03/06 2005 “New Hope for the Dead” David Langford Year’s Best SF 11 by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer (editors) VI .25 222.25
07/03/06 2005 “Dreadnought” Justina Robson VI .25 222.5
07/03/06 2005 “Toy Planes” Tobias S. Buckell VI .25 222.75
07/03/06 2005 “A Modest Proposal for the Perfection of Nature” Vonda N. McIntyre VI .25 223
07/03/06 2005 “Deus Ex Homine” Hannu Rajaniemi SS 1 224
07/04/06 2005 “When the Great Days Came” Gardner Dozois SS 1 225
07/04/06 2005 “Second Person, Present Tense” Daryl Gregory NV 2 227
07/04/06 2005 “A Case of Consilience” Ken MacLeod SS 1 228
07/04/06 2005 “Mason’s Rats” Neal Asher SS 1 229
07/04/06 2005 “Guadalupe and Hieronymus Bosch” Rudy Rucker SS 1 230
07/04/06 2005 “City of Reason” Matthew Jarpe SS 1 231
07/05/06 2005 “The Forever Kitten” Peter F. Hamilton VI .25 231.25
07/05/06 2005 “Ivory Tower” Bruce Sterling VI .25 231.5
07/05/06 2005 “I Love Liver: A Romance” Larissa Lai VI .25 231.75
07/05/06 2005 “What’s Expected of Us” Ted Chiang VI .25 232
07/05/06 2005 “The Albian Message” Oliver Morton VI .25 232.25
07/05/06 2005 “Ram Shift Phase 2” Greg Bear VI .25 232.5
07/05/06 1978 “Inside Out” Barry N. Malzberg 100 Malicious Little Mysteries edited by Isaac Asimov VI .25 232.75
07/05/06 1958 “Dutch” William F. Nolan VI .25 233
07/06/06 2005 “Sheila” Lauren McLaughlin Year’s Best SF 11 by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer (editors) SS 1 234
07/06/06 2005 “Rats of the System” Paul J. McAuley NV 2 236
07/06/06 2005 “The Edge of Nowhere” James Patrick Kelly NV 2 238
07/06/06 2005 “Girls and Boys, Come Out to Play” Michael Swanwick NV 2 240
07/07/06 2005 “Lakes of Light” Stephen Baxter SS 1 241
07/07/06 2005 “Bright Red Star” Bud Sparhawk SS 1 242
07/08/06 2005 “Third Day Lights” Alaya Dawn Johnson NV 2 244
07/08/06 2005 “On the Brane” Gregory Benford SS 1 245
07/08/06 2005 “Oxygen Rising” R. Garcia y Robertson NV 2 247
07/08/06 2005 “And Future King…” Adam Roberts SS 1 248
07/09/06 2005 “Beyond the Aquila Rift” Alastair Reynolds NV 2 250
07/09/06 2005 “Angel of Light” Joe Haldeman SS 1 251
07/09/06 2005 “Ikiryoh” Liz Williams SS 1 252
07/17/06 2005 “The Gist Hunter” Matthew Hughes Best Short Novels: 2006 edited by Jonathan Strahan NA 4 256
07/18/06 2005 “Human Readable” Cory Doctorow NA 4 260
07/18/06 2005 “Audubon in Atlantis” Harry Turtledove NA 4 264
07/21/06 2005 “Fishin’ with Grandma Matchie” Steven Erikson NA 4 268
07/22/06 2005 “The Policeman’s Daughter” Wil McCarthy NA 4 272
07/23/06 – 7/25/06 2005 “The Cosmology of the Wider World” Jeffrey Ford NA 4 276

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

NOTE: Click the Source link to see the associated review. Miscellaneous reviews follow

“Inside Out” by Barry N. Malzberg [1978 vignette]

  • Source: 100 Malicious Little Mysteries edited by Isaac Asimov
  • Synopsis: The narrator, who dreams of serial murder and of keeping the corpses in his apartment, encounters a dilemma when his apartment runs out of empty space.
  • Review: Creepy with a capital C. Very well done story. The detail with which the narrator thinks about body disposal is unsettling. As might be expected, fantasy and reality begin to blur.

“Dutch” by William F. Nolan [1958 vignette]

  • Source: 100 Malicious Little Mysteries edited by Isaac Asimov
  • Synopsis: Two teens – one popular, one not – steal two cars go drag racing.
  • Review: Predictable, but still a fun read. Unpopular and homely Eddie has his eye’s on Dutch’s girl and decides to take matters into his own hands.
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1 Comment on 7/06 UPDATE: My New Year’s Resolution

  1. You’re falling behind!!!!!
    :-@

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