Hugosauriad aside – story rankings

This was both fun and tricky. Firstly, this is a mix of stories in different mediums and of different length and they come from different times. Secondly there are only four stories that I think are really subpar and only two that are utterly trash. The top 21 are all well worth reading. The top 24 include two stories by great writers but which aren’t their best. The last two are curiosities only relevant because of their context in kerfuffles. Three stories I haven’t wrote about yet in this series.

Rachel Swirsky “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” 1
Robert Silverberg “Our Lady of the Sauropods” 2
Steven Spielberg (director), David Koepp (screenplay), Michael Crichton (screenplay, original novel) Jurassic Park 3
James Blish A Case of Conscience 4
Ray Bradbury The Fog Horn 5
Michael Swanwick “Scherzo with Tyrannosaur” 6
Robert J. Sawyer Far-seer 7
Richard Chwedyk “Brontë’s Egg” 8
Michael Swanwick Bones of the Earth 9
Saul Metzstein (Director), Chris Chibnall (Writer) Doctor Who: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship 10
Clifford D. Simak “The Thing in the Stone” 11
Brian W Aldiss Poor Little Warrior 12
Brooke Bolander “The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat” 13
Walter Jon Williams “Dinosaurs” 14
Ray Bradbury A Sound of Thunder 15
James Patrick Kelly “Think Like a Dinosaur” 16
Connie Willis “In the Late Cretaceous” 17
James Tiptree Jr/Alice Sheldon “The Nightblooming Saurian” 18
Chuck Tingle Space Raptor Butt Invasion 19
Ray Bradbury The Prehistoric Producer (aka Tyrannosaurus Rex” 20
L. Sprague de Camp “A Gun for Dinosaur” 21
Anne McCaffery Dinosaur Planet 22
Edgar Rice Burroughs “Savage Pellucidar” 23
John C Wright Queen of the Tyrant Lizards 24
Stix Hiscock Alien Stripper Boned from Behind by the T-Rex 25

2 responses to “Hugosauriad aside – story rankings”

  1. Oh no, you’re not actually reviewing the Alien Stripper story, are you? That’s dedication above and beyond.


    • Very briefly – I know I’ve stretched my criteria to include dino stories that didn’t get nominated but I can’t really exclude a dino story that did get nominated.


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