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message 1: by Amy, Queen of Time (last edited Mar 31, 2015 11:53AM) (new)

Amy | 2210 comments Mod
This is a place for us to keep track of our story ratings as we read along.

Based on discussion comments and lists here, our current ratings are as follows:


What to do:
1. Copy the list of stories from below.
2. Rate the stories you've read with 1-5 stars.
3. Edit your entry each time you read a story to add in your star rating.
4. Mark your entries any way you'd like. For example, you might want to bold your favorites.
5. For easier reading, you might also add a spoiler cut below the last story you read so that the ones you haven't read yet are hidden (not required).

This should result in ONE ENTRY ONLY PER PERSON. Thanks. Happy rating!

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Death Ship (Richard Matheson)
Ripples in the Dirac Sea (Geoffrey A. Landis)
Needle in a Timestack (Robert Silverberg)
Another Story or A Fisherman of the Inland Sea (Ursula K. Le Guin)
Hwang's Billion Brilliant Daughters (Alice Sola Kim)
How the Future Got Better (Eric Schaller)
Pale Roses (Michael Moorcock)
The Gernsback Continuum (William Gibson)
The Threads of Time (C.J.Cherryh)
Triceratops Summer (Michael Swanwick)
The Most Important Thing in the World (Steve Bein)
Himself in Anachron (Cordwainer Smith)
The Time Machine (H.G. Wells)
Young Zaphod Plays it Safe (Douglas Adams)
A Sound of Thunder (Ray Bradbury)
Vintage Season (Henry Kuttner & C.L. Moore)
Thirty Seconds From Now (John Chu)
Forty, Counting Down (Harry Turtledove)
The Final Days (David Langford)
Fire Watch (Connie Willis)
Noble Mold (Kage Baker)
Under Siege (George R.R. Martin)
Where or When (Steven Utley)
Time Gypsy (Ellen Klages)
On the Watchtower Plataea (Garry Kilworth)
Alexia and Graham Bell (Rosaleen Love)
A Night on the Barbary Coast (Kage Baker)
This Tragic Glass (Elizabeth Bear)
The Gulf of Years (Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud)
Enoch Soams: A Memory of the Eighteen-Nineties (Max Beerbohm)
The Clock That Went Backward (Edward Page Mitchell)
Yesterday Was Monday (Theodore Sturgeon)
Is There Anybody There? (Kim Newman)
Fish Night (Joe Lansdale)
The Lost Pilgrim (Gene Wolfe)
Palindromic (Peter Crowther)
Augusta Prima (Karin Tidbeck)
Life Trap (Barrington J. Bayley)
Lost Continent (Greg Egan)
The Mouse Ran Down (Adrian Tchaikovsky)
The Great Clock (Langdon Jones)
Traveller's Rest (David I. Masson)
Delhi (Vandana Singh)
Come-From-Aways (Tony Pi)
Terminós (Dean Francis Alfar)
The Weed of Time (Norman Spinrad)
The Waitabits (Eric Frank Russell)
What If (Isaac Asimov)
As Time Goes By (Tanith Lee)
At Dorado (Geoffrey A. Landis)
3 RMS, Good View (Karen Haber)
Twenty-One, Counting Up (Harry Turtledove)
Loob (Bob Leman)
The House that Made the Sixteen Loops of Time (Tamsyn Muir)
Against the Lafayette Escadrille (Gene Wolfe)
Swing Time (Carrie Vaughn)
The Mask of the Rex (Richard Bowes)
Message in a Bottle (Nalo Hopkinson)
The Time Telephone (Adam Roberts)
Red Letter Day (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
Domine (Rjurik Davidson)
In the Tube (E.F. Benson)
Bad Timing (Molly Brown)
If Ever I Should Leave You (Pamela Sargent)
Palimpsest (Charles Stross)


message 2: by Amy, Queen of Time (last edited Mar 31, 2015 11:46AM) (new)

Amy | 2210 comments Mod
AMY'S RATINGS:



1. Death Ship (Richard Matheson) - 3 STARS
2. Ripples in the Dirac Sea (Geoffrey A. Landis) - 2.5 STARS
3. Needle in a Timestack (Robert Silverberg) - 4.5 STARS
4. Another Story or A Fisherman of the Inland Sea (Ursula K. Le Guin) - 4 STARS
5. Hwang's Billion Brilliant Daughters (Alice Sola Kim) - 2.5 STARS
6. How the Future Got Better (Eric Schaller) - 3 STARS
7. Pale Roses (Michael Moorcock) - 3.5 STARS
8. The Gernsback Continuum (William Gibson) - 0.5 STARS
9. The Threads of Time (C.J.Cherryh) - 0.5 STARS
10. Triceratops Summer (Michael Swanwick) - 4 STARS
11. The Most Important Thing in the World (Steve Bein) - 3 STARS
12. Himself in Anachron (Cordwainer Smith) - 4 STARS
13. The Time Machine (H.G. Wells) - 3 STARS
14. Young Zaphod Plays it Safe (Douglas Adams) - 1 STAR(view spoiler)


message 3: by Lincoln, Temporal Jester (last edited Jun 30, 2015 07:16AM) (new)

Lincoln | 1290 comments Mod
The Temporal Jester's Ratings

1. Death Ship (Richard Matheson) - 3 Jests

2. Ripples in the Dirac Sea (Geoffrey A. Landis) - 3 Jests

3. Needle in a Timestack (Robert Silverberg) - 4 Jests

4. Another Story or A Fisherman of the Inland Sea (Ursula K. Le Guin) - 1 Jest

5. Hwang's Billion Brilliant Daughters (Alice Sola Kim) - 2.5 Jests

6. How the Future Got Better (Eric Schaller) - 2 Jests

7. Pale Roses (Michael Moorcock) - 3 and 1/2 Jests

8. The Gernsback Continuum (William Gibson) - 1 Jest

9. The Threads of Time (C.J.Cherryh) - 2 Jests

10. Triceratops Summer (Michael Swanwick) - 5 Jests

11. The Most Important Thing in the World (Steve Bein) - 3 Jests

12. Himself in Anachron (Cordwainer Smith) 1.5 Jests

13. The Time Machine (H.G. Wells) 3.5 Jests

14. Young Zaphod Plays it Safe (Douglas Adams) 2 Jests

15. A Sound of Thunder (Ray Bradbury) 4 Jests

16. Vintage Season (Henry Kuttner & C.L. Moore) 4 Jests

17. Thirty Seconds From Now (John Chu) 2.5 Jests

18. Forty, Counting Down (Harry Turtledove) Skipped

19. The Final Days (David Langford) 3 Jests

20. Fire Watch (Connie Willis) 5 Jests

21. Noble Mold (Kage Baker) 3 1/2 Jests

22. Under Siege (George R.R. Martin) 3 Jests
(view spoiler)


message 4: by James (last edited May 20, 2015 04:26PM) (new)

James Joyce (james_patrick_joyce) | 189 comments Experiments section:

(view spoiler)
02. Ripples in the Dirac Sea (Geoffrey A. Landis Rating: 3
03. Needle in a Timestack (Robert Silverberg) Rating: 3
04. Another Story or A Fisherman of the Inland Sea (Ursula K. Le Guin) Rating: 1 (I stopped reading before the end)
05. Hwang's Billion Brilliant Daughters (Alice Sola Kim) Rating: 3
06. How the Future Got Better (Eric Schaller) Rating: 3 (easy to read, but pointless)
07. Pale Roses (Michael Moorcock) Rating: 3 (easy to read, but fluffy)
08. The Gernsback Continuum (William Gibson) Rating: 3.5 (nice use of language, theme, but dull story)
09. The Threads of Time (C.J.Cherryh) Rating: 2
10. Triceratops Summer (Michael Swanwick) Rating: 4 (nice literary conceit)
11. The Most Important Thing in the World (Steve Bein) Rating: 4 (good heart, nice message)
12. Himself in Anachron (Cordwainer Smith) Rating: 1 (ummmm.... wtf?)
13. The Time Machine (H.G. Wells) Rating: 4
14. Young Zaphod Plays it Safe (Douglas Adams) Rating: 1.5 (politically obvious, dramatically pointless, requires reading of Hitchhiker's series)


Reactionaries and Revolutionaries section:

15. A Sound of Thunder (Ray Bradbury) Rating: 3 (Admittedly dated, but I love his style)

(view spoiler)

The Final Days (David Langford) Rating: 3 (Well-written, but dated idea)

(view spoiler)
32. Yesterday Was Monday (Theodore Sturgeon) Rating: 4
(view spoiler)
55. Against the Lafayette Escadrille (Gene Wolfe) Rating: 3 (nice, sad little story)
(view spoiler)


message 5: by James (new)

James Joyce (james_patrick_joyce) | 189 comments Amy wrote: "spoiler"

Nice idea.


message 6: by Cheryl (last edited Feb 10, 2015 11:56AM) (new)

Cheryl  (cherylllr) | 928 comments * Hwang's Billion Brilliant Daughters (Alice Sola Kim)
*** How the Future Got Better (Eric Schaller)

Pale Roses (Michael Moorcock)
The Gernsback Continuum (William Gibson)
The Threads of Time (C.J.Cherryh)

(view spoiler)


message 7: by Amy, Queen of Time (new)

Amy | 2210 comments Mod
This is really for personal use and stats to let latecomers know which stories are worth reading. I'm keeping a rating spreadsheet in the opening comment based on the ratings listed both here and in individual story discussions. With such a long reading project, this makes it feel a little more complete to me.


message 8: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl  (cherylllr) | 928 comments Ok, ty. Well, if you can keep track and not count our votes twice (in the discussion thread and here), I admire you and will support your efforts!

Helping late-comers is a terrific idea.
The graph will be interesting to all, I'm sure.


message 9: by Amy, Queen of Time (new)

Amy | 2210 comments Mod
Cheryl wrote: "Ok, ty. Well, if you can keep track and not count our votes twice (in the discussion thread and here), I admire you and will support your efforts!

Helping late-comers is a terrific idea.
The ..."


I'm a weirdo who loves statistics, charts, and running after data. So it's great fun to me. :-)


message 10: by Samantha (last edited Oct 23, 2016 12:49PM) (new)

Samantha Glasser | 210 comments Death Ship (Richard Matheson) 3 stars
Ripples in the Dirac Sea (Geoffrey A. Landis) 4 stars
Needle in a Timestack (Robert Silverberg) 4 stars
Another Story or A Fisherman of the Inland Sea (Ursula K. Le Guin) 2 stars
Hwang's Billion Brilliant Daughters (Alice Sola Kim) 1 star
How the Future Got Better (Eric Schaller) 3 stars
Pale Roses (Michael Moorcock) 3 stars
The Gernsback Continuum (William Gibson) 3 stars
The Threads of Time (C.J.Cherryh) 1 star
Triceratops Summer (Michael Swanwick) 4 stars
The Most Important Thing in the World (Steve Bein) 4 stars
Himself in Anachron (Cordwainer Smith) 3 stars
The Time Machine (H.G. Wells) 3 stars
Young Zaphod Plays it Safe (Douglas Adams) 2 stars
A Sound of Thunder (Ray Bradbury) 3 stars
Vintage Season (Henry Kuttner & C.L. Moore) 4 stars
Thirty Seconds From Now (John Chu) 4.5 stars
Forty, Counting Down (Harry Turtledove) 4 stars
The Final Days (David Langford) 2 stars
Fire Watch (Connie Willis) 4 stars
Noble Mold (Kage Baker) 4 stars
Under Siege (George R.R. Martin) 4 stars
Where or When (Steven Utley) 3.5 stars
Time Gypsy (Ellen Klages) 5 stars
On the Watchtower Plataea (Garry Kilworth) 3 stars
Alexia and Graham Bell (Rosaleen Love) 3 stars
A Night on the Barbary Coast (Kage Baker) 3 stars
This Tragic Glass (Elizabeth Bear) 4 stars
The Gulf of Years (Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud) 3.5 stars
Enoch Soams: A Memory of the Eighteen-Nineties (Max Beerbohm) 3 stars
The Clock That Went Backward (Edward Page Mitchell) 3.5 stars
Yesterday Was Monday (Theodore Sturgeon) 4 stars
Is There Anybody There? (Kim Newman) 4 stars
Fish Night (Joe Lansdale) 4 stars
The Lost Pilgrim (Gene Wolfe) DNF
Palindromic (Peter Crowther) 4.5 stars
Augusta Prima (Karin Tidbeck) 3 stars
Life Trap (Barrington J. Bayley) 3 stars
Lost Continent (Greg Egan) 5 stars
The Mouse Ran Down (Adrian Tchaikovsky) 4 stars
The Great Clock (Langdon Jones) 1 star
(view spoiler)
Delhi (Vandana Singh) 3 stars
Come-From-Aways (Tony Pi) 4 stars
Terminós (Dean Francis Alfar) 4 stars
The Weed of Time (Norman Spinrad) 3 stars
The Waitabits (Eric Frank Russell) 3 stars
What If (Isaac Asimov) 4 stars
As Time Goes By (Tanith Lee) 3 stars
At Dorado (Geoffrey A. Landis) 3 stars
3 RMS, Good View (Karen Haber) 3 stars
Twenty-One, Counting Up (Harry Turtledove) 4 stars
(view spoiler)
The Mask of the Rex (Richard Bowes) 2 stars
Message in a Bottle (Nalo Hopkinson) 4 stars
The Time Telephone (Adam Roberts) 4 stars
Red Letter Day (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) 4 stars
Domine (Rjurik Davidson) 3 stars
In the Tube (E.F. Benson) 3 stars
Bad Timing (Molly Brown) 4 stars
If Ever I Should Leave You (Pamela Sargent) 4 stars
(view spoiler)


message 11: by James (new)

James Joyce (james_patrick_joyce) | 189 comments Amy wrote: "Pale Roses (Michael Moorcock)
The Gernsback Continuum (William Gibson)
The Threads of Time (C.J.Cherryh)
Triceratops Summer (Michael Swanwick)
The Most Important Thing in the World (Steve Bein)
Himself in Anachron (Cordwainer Smith)
The Time Machine (H.G. Wells) "


Noticed that "Triceratops Summer (Michael Swanwick)" is missing, from the list.


message 12: by Amy, Queen of Time (new)

Amy | 2210 comments Mod
James wrote: "Amy wrote: "Pale Roses (Michael Moorcock)
The Gernsback Continuum (William Gibson)
The Threads of Time (C.J.Cherryh)
Triceratops Summer (Michael Swanwick)
The Most Important Thing in the World (Ste..."


Thanks for noticing. I guess I didn't because I'm not caught up on my short story reading. Got to do that in the next couple of days. :-)


message 13: by Heidi (last edited Dec 12, 2015 12:23PM) (new)

Heidi | 8 comments Death Ship (Richard Matheson) - 4 stars
Ripples in the Dirac Sea (Geoffrey A. Landis) - 5 stars
Needle in a Timestack (Robert Silverberg) - 5 stars
Another Story or A Fisherman of the Inland Sea (Ursula K. Le Guin) - 2 stars
Hwang's Billion Brilliant Daughters (Alice Sola Kim) - 4 stars
How the Future Got Better (Eric Schaller) - 4 stars
Pale Roses (Michael Moorcock) - 1 star
The Gernsback Continuum (William Gibson) - 1 star
The Threads of Time (C.J.Cherryh) - 1 star
Triceratops Summer (Michael Swanwick) - 5 stars
The Most Important Thing in the World (Steve Bein) - 3 stars
Himself in Anachron (Cordwainer Smith) - 2 stars
The Time Machine (H.G. Wells) - This is not a story!
Young Zaphod Plays it Safe (Douglas Adams) - 4 stars
A Sound of Thunder (Ray Bradbury) - 5 stars
Vintage Season (Henry Kuttner & C.L. Moore) - 4 stars
Thirty Seconds From Now (John Chu) - 1 star
Forty, Counting Down (Harry Turtledove) - 5 stars
The Final Days (David Langford) - 3 stars
Fire Watch (Connie Willis) - 5 stars
Noble Mold (Kage Baker) - 4 stars
Under Siege (George R.R. Martin) - 5 stars
Where or When (Steven Utley) - 3 stars
Time Gypsy (Ellen Klages) - 5 stars
On the Watchtower Plataea (Garry Kilworth) - 3 stars
Alexia and Graham Bell (Rosaleen Love) - 1 star
A Night on the Barbary Coast (Kage Baker) - 3 stars
This Tragic Glass (Elizabeth Bear) - 5 stars
The Gulf of Years (Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud) - 3 stars
Enoch Soames: A Memory of the Eighteen-Nineties (Max Beerbohm) - 3 stars
The Clock That Went Backward (Edward Page Mitchell) - 4 stars
Yesterday Was Monday (Theodore Sturgeon) - 4 stars
Is There Anybody There? (Kim Newman) - 4 stars
Fish Night (Joe Lansdale) - 3 stars
The Lost Pilgrim (Gene Wolfe) - 5 stars
Palindromic (Peter Crowther) - 4 stars
Augusta Prima (Karin Tidbeck) - 1 star
Life Trap (Barrington J. Bayley) - 0 stars
Lost Continent (Greg Egan) - 1 star
The Mouse Ran Down (Adrian Tchaikovsky) - 3 stars
The Great Clock (Langdon Jones) - 0 stars
Traveller's Rest (David I. Masson) - 2 stars
Delhi (Vandana Singh) - 1 star
Come-From-Aways (Tony Pi) - 4 stars
Terminós (Dean Francis Alfar) - 0 stars
The Weed of Time (Norman Spinrad) - 0 stars
The Waitabits (Eric Frank Russell) - 3 stars
What If (Isaac Asimov) - 4 stars
As Time Goes By (Tanith Lee) - 1 star
At Dorado (Geoffrey A. Landis) - 5 stars
3 RMS, Good View (Karen Haber) - 5 stars
Twenty-One, Counting Up (Harry Turtledove) - 4 stars
Loob (Bob Leman) - 4 stars
The House that Made the Sixteen Loops of Time (Tamsyn Muir) - 3 stars
Against the Lafayette Escadrille (Gene Wolfe) - 1 star
Swing Time (Carrie Vaughn) - 4 stars
The Mask of the Rex (Richard Bowes) - 3 stars
Message in a Bottle (Nalo Hopkinson) - 2 stars
The Time Telephone (Adam Roberts) - 0 stars
Red Letter Day (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) - 5 stars


Domine (Rjurik Davidson)
In the Tube (E.F. Benson)
Bad Timing (Molly Brown)
If Ever I Should Leave You (Pamela Sargent)
Palimpsest (Charles Stross)


message 14: by Glynn (last edited Apr 27, 2022 07:15PM) (new)

Glynn | 276 comments updated 27-April 2022
Death Ship (Richard Matheson)- 4 stars
Ripples in the Dirac Sea (Geoffrey A. Landis)- 4 stars
Needle in a Timestack (Robert Silverberg) - 3.5 stars
Another Story or A Fisherman of the Inland Sea (Ursula K. Le Guin) - 3 stars
Hwang's Billion Brilliant Daughters (Alice Sola Kim) - 3.5 stars
How the Future Got Better (Eric Schaller) - 4 stars
Pale Roses (Michael Moorcock)4 stars
The Gernsback Continuum (William Gibson)- 2 stars
The Threads of Time (C.J.Cherryh) - 3
Triceratops Summer (Michael Swanwick) 3.5 stars
The Most Important Thing in the World (Steve Bein) 3 stars
Himself in Anachron (Cordwainer Smith) 3 stars
The Time Machine (H.G. Wells) 4 stars
Young Zaphod Plays it Safe (Douglas Adams) 2.5 stars
A Sound of Thunder (Ray Bradbury) 3 stars
Vintage Season (Henry Kuttner & C.L. Moore) 4 stars
Thirty Seconds From Now (John Chu) 3.5 stars
Forty, Counting Down (Harry Turtledove) 3.5 stars
The Final Days (David Langford) 3 stars
Fire Watch (Connie Willis) 2 stars
Noble Mold (Kage Baker) 4 stars Read April 25th, 2022
Under Siege (George R.R. Martin) 4 stars
Where or When (Steven Utley) 3.5 stars
Time Gypsy (Ellen Klages) 4 stars
On the Watchtower Plataea (Garry Kilworth) 3 stars
Alexia and Graham Bell (Rosaleen Love) - 4 stars
A Night on the Barbary Coast (Kage Baker) - 2 Stars - Read April 25th, 2022
This Tragic Glass (Elizabeth Bear) - 4 stars
The Gulf of Years (Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud) - 4 stars - Re-read April 26th, 2022
Enoch Soams: A Memory of the Eighteen-Nineties (Max Beerbohm) - 3.5 stars (view spoiler)
The Clock That Went Backward (Edward Page Mitchell) - 3 stars
Yesterday Was Monday (Theodore Sturgeon) - 4 stars
Is There Anybody There? (Kim Newman) - 4 stars
Fish Night (Joe Lansdale) - 4 stars
The Lost Pilgrim (Gene Wolfe) - 1 star
Palindromic (Peter Crowther) - 4 stars
Augusta Prima (Karin Tidbeck) - 3 stars Read April 18th, 2022
Life Trap (Barrington J. Bayley) - 2 stars Read April 18th, 2022
Lost Continent (Greg Egan) - 2 stars
The Mouse Ran Down (Adrian Tchaikovsky) - 4 stars
The Great Clock (Langdon Jones) - 1 star
Traveller's Rest (David I. Masson) - 1 star
Delhi (Vandana Singh) - 4 stars
Come-From-Aways (Tony Pi) - 4 stars
Terminós (Dean Francis Alfar) - 3 stars Read April 18th, 2022
The Weed of Time (Norman Spinrad) - 3 stars
The Waitabits (Eric Frank Russell) - 3 stars
What If (Isaac Asimov) - 4 stars (view spoiler)
As Time Goes By (Tanith Lee) - 4 stars - Read April 19th, 2022
At Dorado (Geoffrey A. Landis)- 4 stars - Read April 19th, 2022
3 RMS, Good View (Karen Haber) - 3 stars
Twenty-One, Counting Up (Harry Turtledove) - 2 stars
Loob (Bob Leman) - 3 stars
The House that Made the Sixteen Loops of Time (Tamsyn Muir) - 3 stars
Against the Lafayette Escadrille (Gene Wolfe) - 4 stars
Swing Time (Carrie Vaughn) - 3 stars
The Mask of the Rex (Richard Bowes) - 2 stars (Read April 15th, 2022) - (view spoiler)
Message in a Bottle (Nalo Hopkinson) - 2 stars Read April 16th, 2022
The Time Telephone (Adam Roberts) - 4 stars (view spoiler)
Red Letter Day (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) 4 stars Read April 14th, 2022
Domine (Rjurik Davidson) - 3 stars Read April 17th, 2022 - I might upgrade this to 4 stars after a re-read
In the Tube (E.F. Benson) - 5 stars Read April 17th, 2022(view spoiler)
Bad Timing (Molly Brown) - 5 stars Read April 17th, 2022 - Funny!
If Ever I Should Leave You (Pamela Sargent) - 4 stars Read April 18th, 2022
Palimpsest (Charles Stross) - 3 stars - Read April 27th, 2022 - seems incomplete


message 15: by Tej (last edited Aug 26, 2015 01:56AM) (new)

Tej (theycallmemrglass) | 1728 comments Mod
Note to Amy: I also gave my ratings in the individual short story threads, just so you know not to add my rating twice in your stats :)

Is There Anybody There? (Kim Newman) 4 stars
Fish Night (Joe Lansdale) 4 stars
The Lost Pilgrim (Gene Wolfe) 2 stars
(view spoiler)


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