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Tangent Online 2019 Recommended Reading List

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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.

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 Man Called X -- "The Silver Scarab"
Saturday, 11 January 2020
The Man Called X (1944-45, 1946, 1947-48, 1950-52) aired "The Silver Scarab" on June 19, 1947, as the 12th episode of the 78 aired during the 1947-48... 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, 31 December 2019
Since Dec. 2016 there have been no professionally paying monthly SF/F genre print magazines.
Analog, January/February 2020
Thursday, 16 January 2020
Analog, January/February 2020 “The Quest for the Great Gray Mossy” by Harry Turtledove “Wheel of Echoes” by Sean McMullen “Hive” by Jay... Read more...
On Spec #112, December 2019
Sunday, 29 December 2019
On Spec #112, December 2019 “Mindwig” by Al Onia “The Door Not Taken” by Tyler Goodier “M2K” by Sana Mojdeh “Wing Twist” by... Read more...
Compelling SF #14, Winter 2019
Monday, 16 December 2019
Compelling Science Fiction #14, Winter 2019 “A Dog’s Life” by R R Angell “Cravings” by Steve DuBois “The Engineering of Alyssa Langley”... Read more...
Straight Outta Deadwood, edited by David Boop
Wednesday, 25 December 2019
Straight Outta Deadwood   edited by David Boop   (Baen, October 2019, 288 pp., tpb)   "Cookie" by Shane Lacy Hensley "A Talk with... Read more...
Strange Horizons -- December 16, 2019
Wednesday, 18 December 2019
Strange Horizons, December 16, 2019 "Flags Flying Before a Fall" by Osahon Ize-Iyamu Read more...
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #294, January 2, 2020
Wednesday, 15 January 2020
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #294, January 2, 2020 “These Wondrous Sweets” by Tony Pi “Claudette Dulac and the Devil of the North” by Genevieve... Read more...
Nightmare #88, January 2020
Friday, 17 January 2020
Nightmare #88, January 2020 “Familiar Face” by Meg Elison “Elo Havel” by Brian Evenson Read more...
Galaxy's Edge #42, January/February 2020
Sunday, 12 January 2020
Galaxy's Edge #42, January/February 2020 "The Pogonip Fog" by Sean Patrick Hazlett "Kiss it Better" by P.A. Cornell "Anniversary Project" by Joe... Read more...
Constellary Tales #4, December 2019
Monday, 30 December 2019
Constellary Tales #4, December 2019   “CurioQueens” by Ephiny Gale “As Friends Rust” by James C. Bassett “Eros on the Mineral Sea”... Read more...
Tor.com -- December 2019
Thursday, 26 December 2019
Tor.com, December 2019 “The Time Variance of Snow” by E. Lily Yu “Dislocation Space” by Garth Nix Read more...
Tangent Photo Gallery #11
Sunday, 25 August 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...