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Tangent Online 2018 Recommended Reading List

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Tangent Online 2018 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.

There are 342 stories on this year's list (down from last year's 378): 276 short stories (down from last year's 292), 52 novelettes (down from last year's 76), and 14 novellas (up from last year's 10). As with any such list--especially ours with its ever-changing staff--different reviewers bring different tastes and 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. That said, it does seem as if each year has its own nebulous, general level of quality, with some years being known 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 (some liberal and others more strict) to the fiction they read.

70 Years of Leigh Brackett’s Stark by P. Alexander
Tuesday, 16 April 2019
  70 Years of Leigh Brackett’s Stark   by P. Alexander   70 years ago this June, Leigh Brackett’s Queen of the Martian Catacombs... 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 Adventures of Sam Spade -- "The Mad Scientist Caper"
Saturday, 17 August 2019
The Adventures of Sam Spade (1946-1951) aired "The Mad Scientist Caper" on July 25, 1948 as its 209th episode of approximately 243, only 74 of which... 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...
Tangent Online Interview: Joseph Green
Thursday, 02 May 2019
Tangent Online Presents: An Interview with Joseph Green (1931-    ) (Interview conducted by email April 29-May 1, 2019) Read more...
Monthly print magazine notice
Tuesday, 04 June 2019
Since Dec. 2016 there have been no professional monthly SF/F genre print magazines.
Fantasy & Science Fiction, September/October 2019
Thursday, 15 August 2019
Fantasy & Science Fiction, September/ October 2019 “The White Cat’s Divorce” by Kelly Link (reprint, not reviewed) “American Gold Mine”... Read more...
Cirsova #2, Fall 2019
Saturday, 10 August 2019
Cirsova: Magazine of Thrilling Adventure and Daring Suspense #2, Fall 2019 "A Little Human Ingenuity" by William Huggins "The Burning Fish" by Jim... Read more...
Compelling SF #13 -- Summer 2019
Wednesday, 05 June 2019
Compelling Science Fiction #13, Summer 2019 “Steps in the Other Room” by LA Staley “Sasha Red” by Tyler A. Young “Bodybit” by Mark... Read more...
Readymade Bodhisattva: The Kaya Anthology of South Korean Science Fiction
Wednesday, 31 July 2019
Readymade Bodhisattva: The Kaya Anthology of South Korean Science Fiction   Edited by Sunyoung Park   (Kaya Press, March 2019, pb, 528... Read more...
Strange Horizons -- August 12, 2019
Wednesday, 14 August 2019
Strange Horizons, August 12, 2019 “Someday We’ll Embrace This Distance” by Niyah Morris Read more...
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #284, August 15, 2019
Thursday, 15 August 2019
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #284, August 15, 2019 "The Mirror Dialogues" by Jason S. Ridler "Elegy of a Lanthornist" by M.E. Bronstein Read more...
Aurealis #123, August 2019
Sunday, 04 August 2019
Aurealis #123, August 2019 "Renascent" by Pauline Yates "Wreck Diving" by Joanne Andertson "Big Heart" by L L Wohlwend Read more...
Galaxy's Edge #39, July/August 2019
Saturday, 03 August 2019
Galaxy’s Edge #39, July/August 2019 “The Walking Man” by Lou J. Berger “Unicorns on All Street, Fairies in the Coffee Shop” by Shawn... Read more...
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly #41, August 2019
Friday, 09 August 2019
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly #41, August 2019 "Kamazotz" by Greg Mele "Then, Stars" by Michael Meyerhofer "A Fistful of Spells" by Zach Chapman Read more...
Tor.com -- July 2019
Friday, 02 August 2019
Tor.com, July 2019 “Blood is Another Word for Hunger” by Rivers Solomon “For He Can Creep” by Siobhan Carroll Read more...
Tangent Photo Gallery #11
Friday, 12 July 2019
Photos from Libertycon 32 Chattanooga, TN, June 28-30, 2019   Guest of Honor: Sarah A. Hoyt   Artist Guest of Honor: Mitch Foust  ... Read more...
Three Novel Reviews -- 4/1/2019
Wednesday, 03 April 2019
Three Novel Reviews – 4/1/2019   Breach     (A Cold War Magic Novel, Book 1)     by     W. L. Goodwater  ... Read more...