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Tangent Online 2017 Recommended Reading List

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Tangent Online 2017 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 378 stories on this year's list (down slightly from last year's 397): 292

short stories, 76 novelettes, and 10 novellas.

 While there are few novella recommendations each year (for one thing, compared to other lengths there just aren't nearly as many published), this year includes even fewer due to the fact that one website went from posting their novellas free online (leaving their short stories and novelettes free to read), to making them available for purchase only (nothing wrong with that, but it meant we had to forego reviewing them due to financial considerations).

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 Strange Dr. Weird -- "Murder, One Million B.C."
Saturday, 08 December 2018
"Good evening. Come in, won't you? Why, what's the matter? You seem a bit nervous." The Strange Dr. Weird aired "Murder, One Million B.C." on May 8,... 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 #278, November/December 2018
Wednesday, 05 December 2018
Interzone #278, November/December 2018 “Soldier’s Things” by Tim Lees “Doomed Youth” by Fiona Moore “The Path to War” by Louise Hughes... Read more...
Cirsova #10, Winter 2018
Thursday, 06 December 2018
Cirsova #10, Winter 2018 “Jeopardy Off Jupiter IV” by Spencer E. Hart “The Best Workout” by Frederick Gero Heimbach “A Song in Deepest... Read more...
Compelling SF #12, Winter 2018
Tuesday, 04 December 2018
Compelling SF #12, Winter 2018 "The Lonely Dark" by Deborah Davitt "False Identity" by John M. Campbell "The Mojo Economy" by Jim Meeks-Johnson "The... Read more...
The Adventure of the Dux Bellorum by Cynthia Ward
Sunday, 25 November 2018
The Adventure of the Dux Bellorum   by   Cynthia Ward   (Aqueduct Press, October 2018, pb, 156 pp.)   Read more...
Strange Horizons -- December 3, 2018
Tuesday, 04 December 2018
Strange Horizons, December 3, 2018 "Fluxless" by Mike Jansen "The Price of Eternity" by Laura Quijano Vincenzi Read more...
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #266, December 6, 2018
Monday, 10 December 2018
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #266, December 6, 2018 “Forest Spirits” by Michael J. DeLuca “Frozen Meadow, Shining Sun” by Emily McCosh Read more...
Clarkesworld #147, December 2018
Sunday, 09 December 2018
Clarkesworld #147, December 2018 “Marshmallows” by D. A. Xiaolin Spires “Bringing Down the Sky” by Alan Bao “When We Find Our Voices” by... Read more...
InterGalactic Medicine Show #65, October/November 2018
Sunday, 04 November 2018
InterGalactic Medicine Show #65, October/November 2018 "Coachwhip and Wade, Hex-tamers for Hire" by Tony Pi and K.G. Jewell "Nwanyi Enwe Eze (The... Read more...
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly #38, November 2018
Friday, 23 November 2018
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly #38, November 2018 “Prerogative of the Gods” by Nathanael Green “Raft of Conquistadors” by Raphael Ordoñez “The... Read more...
Tor.com -- November 2018
Friday, 30 November 2018
Tor.com, November 2018 “The Word of Flesh and Soul” by Ruthanna Emrys Read more...
Tangent Photo Gallery #10
Thursday, 30 August 2018
Photos from Worldcon 76, the 76th World Science Fiction Convention San Jose, CA, August 16-20, 2018 I arrived early Friday afternoon, the 17th, and... 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...