On the systematic evaluation of creative works of science fiction: part the fourth

So I have the criteria I made here. All I need now is something to assess. It needed to be something short enough to re-read but not so short as to be hard to evaluate.

I picked the puppy nominees for best Novelette, as I already had them in a spreadsheet and I’d found this a difficult set of works to judge when I had ranked them here. Additionally there was only one John C Wright work in this bunch.

On reflection I should have done the one non-puppy as well. Maybe later.

Anyway here are the scores. Comments behind the scores will come in another post.

Novellette “The Journeyman: In the Stone House”  “Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, Earth to Alluvium”  “The Triple Sun: A Golden Age Tale” “Championship B’tok”  “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus”
Author/Publisher Michael F. Flynn Gray Rinehart Rajnar Vajra Edward M. Lerner John C. Wright
Total 9 12 8 7 6
Immersion 2 3 2 1 1
Plot 2 2 1 2 2
Characters 1 2 1 1 1
Pacing 2 3 2 1 2
Messaging 2 2 2 2 0

And what does that all prove? Well nothing much…

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