Tangent Online 2019 Recommended Reading List

Tangent Online 2019 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 some exceptions) to those stories published in professionally paying markets as defined by SFWA.

There are 372 stories on this year’s list (up 22 from last year’s 345): 313 short stories (up 36 from last year’s 277), 49 novelettes (down 4 from last year’s 53), and 10 novellas (down 5 from last year’s 15). As with any such list—especially ours with its ever-changing review staff—different reviewers bring different perspectives on how to approach stories and how they are measured; and of course the stories themselves are of varying “quality,” 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 individual set of standards to the fiction they read.

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70 Years of Leigh Brackett’s Stark by P. Alexander
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"Call Me Dumbo" by Bob Shaw
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Philo Vance -- "The Midget Murder Case"
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Flying Saucers & the Stymie Factor by Raymond A. Palmer
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Tangent Online Interview: Joseph Green
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Monthly print magazine notice
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Analog, September/October 2020
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Cirsova: Fall Special #1, September 2020
Cirsova: Fall Special #1, September 2020 "Melkart the Castaway" by Mark Mellon "Its Own Reward" by Rob Francis "The White Giant's Map" by Richard Rubin "The Cham… Read more...
Unreal, Vol. 4, Fall 2020
Unreal, Vol. 4, Fall 2020 “True Silk” by Tais Teng “Sandmagic” by Orson Scott Card (reprint, not reviewed) “Last Days of the Wind” by Felicia Martine… Read more...
Wired, September 22, 2020
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Strange Horizons, August 17, 2020
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Beneath Ceaseless Skies #312, September 10, 2020
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #312, September 10, 2020 “Deep in the Drift, Spinning” by Lisa L. Hannett “The Patron” by Derrick Boden Reviewed by Kevin P Hallet… Read more...
Diabolical Plots #67, September 2020
Diabolical Plots #67, September 2020 “The Last Great Rumpus” by Brian Winfrey “That Good Old Country Living” by Vanessa Montalban Reviewed by Kevin P Hall… Read more...
Galaxy's Edge #46, September/October 2020
Galaxy's Edge #46, September/October 2020 "The Bone Kite" by Errick A. Nunnally "The Last Dog" by Mike Resnick (reprint, not reviewed) "No One Ever Leaves Port He… Read more...
Future Science Fiction Digest #8, September 2020
Future Science Fiction Digest #8, September 2020 “Second Generation” by Julie Nováková “Panoptes” by Eliza Victoria “Keloid Dreams” by Simone Heller… Read more...
Tor.com, August 2020
Tor.com, August 2020 “Exile’s End” by Carolyn Ives Gilman “Flight” by Claire Wrenwood “For Every Jack” by R. K. Duncan Reviewed by Michelle Ristucc… Read more...
Tangent Photo Gallery #11
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