Tangent Online 2020 Recommended Reading List

Tangent Online 2020 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 has been the case for the last several years, of necessity (too many magazines, too few reviewers) we narrowed our focus (with some exceptions) to those stories published in professionally paying markets as defined by SFWA (including when the pro rate was set at 5 cents per word; it has now increased to 8 cents per word).

There are 351 stories on this year’s list (down 21 from last year’s 372): 293 short stories (down 20 from last year’s 313), 48 novelettes (up 3 from last year’s 45), and 10 novellas (the same as last year’s 10). As with any such list—especially ours with its ever-changing review 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 2020 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 Avenger -- "The Eyes of Shiva"
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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
Since Dec. 2016 there have been no professionally paying monthly SF/F genre print magazines.… Read more...
Analog, November/December 2021
Analog, November/December 2021 “The Malady” by Shane Tourtellotte “A Sports Story” by Brenda Kalt “From the Maintenance Reports of Perseverance Colony… Read more...
On Spec #117, September 2021
On Spec #117, September 2021 "The Next Waltz" by Mike Rimar "Grandpa's Eye on the Afterlife" by Chris Kuriata "Capricorn Games" by Robert Silverberg (reprint, not… 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...
Things with Feathers: Stories of Hope, edited by Juliana Rew
Things with Feathers: Stories of HopeEdited byJuliana Rew(Third Flatiron Publishing, October 2021, pb., 248 pp.) "Dream Eater" by Nemma Wollenfang… Read more...
Strange Horizons, November 29, 2021
[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 #343, November 18, 2021
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #343, November 18, 2021 “Deep in the Gardener’s Barrow” by Tobi Ogundiran “The Source” by Matitias Carosella Reviewed by Kevin P… Read more...
Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores, November 2021
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Galaxy's Edge #53, November/December 2021
Galaxy’s Edge #53, November/December 2021 “The Measure of a Mother’s Love” by Z. T. Bright “O2 Arena” by Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki “Winter Solstice… Read more...
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly #50, November 2021
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly #50, November 2021 "The Reprieve" by Darrell Schweitzer "The Lost Prince" by Milton Davis "The Carnival Job" by Mark Finn "Father-of-Riv… Read more...
Tor.com, November 2021
Tor.com, November 2021 “A Better Way of Saying” by Sarah Pinsker Reviewed by Michelle Ristuccia In “A Better Way of Saying” by Sarah Pinsker, a silent mov… Read more...
Tangent Photo Gallery #11
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