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Tangent Online 2016 Recommended Reading List

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Tangent Online 2016 Recommended Reading List


As with previous years, this list is not meant as comprehensive, there being a number of items we didn't see. As was the case with the last several years we narrowed our focus (with a few exceptions) to those stories published in professionally paying markets as defined by SFWA. While SFWA changed its pro-market requirements in 2014 to 6c/wd., we will continue to cover those markets paying the former rate of 5c/wd.

There are 379 stories on this year's list (down from last year's 416): 296 short stories, 65 novelettes, and 18 novellas.

Albacon 2017 Con Report by Chuck Rothman
Sunday, 30 April 2017
Albacon 2017 Con Report (Albany, New York, March 31-April 2, 2017) by Chuck Rothman Albacon is a long-running traditional science fiction convention... Read more...
"Call Me Dumbo" by Bob Shaw
Saturday, 02 September 2017
“Call Me Dumbo”   by Bob Shaw   (1931-1996)   (novelette, originally in IF, December 1966)     by Dave Truesdale July... Read more...
The Black Mass -- "The Outsider" by H. P. Lovecraft
Saturday, 09 December 2017
The Black Mass (1963-65) aired "The Outsider" in October of 1965. The Black Mass was an odd duck radio program for two reasons. First, because it... Read more...
Flying Saucers & the Stymie Factor by Raymond A. Palmer
Sunday, 19 November 2017
"Flying Saucers & the Stymie Factor"   by   Ray Palmer   (From Science Fiction Review, May 1978, edited by Richard E. Geis) New... Read more...
Classic Poul Anderson Interview
Thursday, 22 December 2016
Tangent Online Presents:   An Interview with Poul Anderson   (November 25, 1926 – July 31, 2001) (Poul Anderson photo ©1998, 2016 Dave... Read more...
Asimov's -- December 2016
Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Asimov's, December 2016 "They Have All One Breath" by Karl Bunker "Empty Shoes by the Lake" by Gay Partington Terry "HigherWorks" by Gregory Norman... Read more...
Interzone #273, November/December 2017
Monday, 27 November 2017
Interzone #273, November/December 2017 “Looking for Laika” by Laura Mauro “After the Titans” by Rachael Cupp “Fully Automated Nostalgia... Read more...
On Spec #105, Vol. 28, No. 2, 2017
Monday, 04 September 2017
On Spec #105, Vol. 28, No. 2, 2017 "Missing in Action" by Michael Johnstone "Trinkets" by Story Boyle "The Call of Freezing Souls" by Jean-Louis... Read more...
Aliterate #2, Spring 2017
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
Aliterate #2, Spring 2017 "When the Moon Fell into the Sea" by Story Boyle "The Fold" by Aaron Worth "Drowning Joys" by Jason Kimble "The... Read more...
Fiction River: Superpowers, edited by Rebecca Moesta
Saturday, 09 December 2017
Fiction River: Superpowers     Edited by Rebecca Moesta     (WGM Publishing, November 30, 2017, pb, 288 pp.)   “Villainous... Read more...
Strange Horizons, November 20, 2017
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
Strange Horizons, November 20, 2017 "Three May Keep a Secret" by Carlie St. George Read more...
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #239, November 21, 2017
Friday, 01 December 2017
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #239, November 21, 2017 “The Mouth of the Oyster” by Adam-Troy Castro and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro “Woe and Other Remedies”... Read more...
Apex Magazine #103, December 2017
Thursday, 07 December 2017
Apex #103, December 2017 "Behind Her, Trailing Like Butterfly Wings" by Daniela Tomova "The Edge of Things" by Katharine E. K. Duckett Read more...
Eyedolon #1, November/December 2017
Saturday, 09 December 2017
Eyedolon #1, November/December 2017 “Y” by Maura McHugh “Patio Wing Monsters” by S. P. Miskowski Read more...
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly #34, November 2017
Sunday, 12 November 2017
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly #34, November 2017 "Crazy Snake and the Demons of Ometepe" by Eric Atkisson "Hunger's End" by Scott Shank "Dragon in Amber"... Read more...
Tor.com -- November 2017
Wednesday, 29 November 2017
Tor.com, November 2017 "The Tablet of Scaptur" by Julia Keller "This World is Full of Monsters" by Jeff VanderMeer Read more...
Tangent Photo Gallery #9
Saturday, 08 April 2017
Photos from MidAmeriCon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention Kansas City, MO, August 17-21, 2016 I normally take quite a few photos at major... Read more...
Dark Secret by Edward M. Lerner
Sunday, 02 July 2017
Dark Secret   by   Edward M. Lerner   (Phoenix Pick, Sept. 2016, 288 pp., tpb)   Reviewed by Dave Truesdale I've been a fan of... Read more...