Tangent Online 2021 Recommended Reading List

Tangent Online 2021 Recommended Reading List

As with previous years, this list is not meant as comprehensive, there being a number of items we didn’t see, especially at the novella length. As was the case with the last several years, we narrowed our focus (with some exceptions) to those stories published in professionally paying markets as defined by SFWA.

There are 300 stories on this year’s list (down 72 from last year’s 372): 235 short stories (down 78 from last year’s 313), 53 novelettes (up 8 from last year’s 45), and 12 novellas (up 2 from last year’s 10). As with any such list—especially ours with its ever-changing reviewer staff—different reviewers bring different perspectives on how to approach stories, how they are thus measured, and of course the stories themselves are of different “quality” (up or down) if such a thing as quality can be measured by any objective standard. However, it does seem as if each year has its own nebulous, general level of quality, with some years being commented upon in retrospect as great years for quality fiction and others not so much. There are just too many variables to nail down as to why any given year—or recommended reading list—has more or fewer stories placed on it by a different cast of reviewers, each of whom brings their own individual set of standards to the fiction they read. Continue reading “Tangent Online 2021 Recommended Reading List”


70 Years of Leigh Brackett’s Stark by P. Alexander
  70 Years of Leigh Brackett’s Stark   by P. Alexander   70 years ago this June, Leigh Brackett’s Queen of the Martian Catacombs ran a… Read more...
"Call Me Dumbo" by Bob Shaw
“Call Me Dumbo”   by Bob Shaw   (1931-1996)   (novelette, originally in IF, December 1966)     by Dave Truesdale … Read more...
The Adventures of Sam Spade -- "The Calcutta Trunk Caper"
The Adventures of Sam Spade (1946-1951) aired “The Calcutta Trunk Caper” on June 8, 1947 as its 50th episode of approximately 243, only 74 of which are still in … Read more...
Flying Saucers & the Stymie Factor by Raymond A. Palmer
"Flying Saucers & the Stymie Factor"   by   Ray Palmer   (From Science Fiction Review, May 1978, edited by Richard E. Geis) New… Read more...
Classic Ben Bova Interview
Tangent Online Presents: An Interview with Ben Bova(November 8, 1932 -- November 29, 2020} (Ben Bova photo © 1976, 2020 Dave Truesdale} Locations: Stevens… Read more...
Monthly print magazine notice
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Analog, May/June 2022
Analog, May/June 2022 "Burning the Ladder" by Adam-Troy Castro "Boy in the Key of Forsaken" by Eric Del Carlo "Planetfall" by A.C. Koch "Faster than Falling Star… Read more...
On Spec #119, Spring 2022
On Spec #119, Spring 2022 "Oikos Needs Cook" by Geneviève Blouin "Sins Between Man and His Fellow" by Alex Langer "What Bones Remain" by Cynthia Zhang "Three Kn… Read more...
Unfit, Vol. 7, Summer 2021
Unfit, Volume 7, Summer 2021 "Wind" by Margaret Randall "Kissing Strange Girls" by Tais Teng "A Song Before Sunset" by David Grigg (reprint, not reviewed) "Thoug… Read more...
The Best of Edward M. Lerner
The Best ofEdward M. Lerner(ReAnimus Press, May 8, 2022, hc, 433 pp.) "Time Out" "The Day of the RFIDs" "A Stranger in Paradise" "Alien Aliens: Be… Read more...
Strange Horizons, May 16, 2022
[On May 10, 2021 Strange Horizons officially expressed its political support for Palestinian solidarity. The views of Tangent Online reviewers are not necessarily th… Read more...
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #355, May 5, 2022
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #355, May 5, 2022 "The Mountains of Another World, Where Eagles May Fly Free" by Aimee Ogden "Anything You Lose Comes Round in Another Form… Read more...
Clarkesworld #188, May 2022
Clarkesworld #188, May 2022 "Wants Pawn Term" by Rich Larson "Hatching" by Bo Balder "The Possibly Brief Life of Guang Hansheng" by Liang Qingsan "Gamma" by Oska… Read more...
Galaxy's Edge #56, May/June 2022
Galaxy's Edge #56, May/June 2022 "Duty and the Beast" by David Gerrold "Time, Needles, and Gravity" by Shirley Song "Robots Don't Cry" by Mike Resnick (reprint, n… Read more...
Grimdark #30, April 2022
Grimdark #30, April 2022 “Bone Armour” by Victoria Hayward “State of Oblivion” by Kaaron Warren (reprint, not reviewed) “Roses in Winter” by Angela Bo… Read more...
Tor.com, April 2022
Tor.com, April 2022 “Sword & Spore” by Dominica Phetteplace “The Dominion of Leviathan” by Manish Melwani “Men, Women, and Chainsaws” by Stephen G… Read more...
Tangent Photo Gallery #11
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