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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 Haunting Hour -- "The People in the House"
Sunday, 21 January 2018
"No... No... stay where you are. Do not break the stillness of this moment. For this is a time of mystery. A time when imagination is free, and moves... 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...
Asimov's -- January/February 2018
Tuesday, 09 January 2018
Asimov's, January/February 2018 "The Seeds of Consciousness: 4107's Story" by James Gunn "The Final Commandment: Trey's Story" by James Gunn "In the... Read more...
Pulphouse Issue 0, November 2017
Sunday, 31 December 2017
Pulphouse Issue 0, November 2017 "Spud Wrangler" by Kent Patterson "Savage Breasts" by Nina Kiriki Hoffman "The Library of Orphaned Hearts" by Annie... Read more...
Compelling SF, Winter 2017
Monday, 11 December 2017
Compelling SF #10, Winter 2017 “Inside-of-Body Experience” by Pip Coen “The Virgin of Santos de la Tierra” by E E King “Hostile Intent”... Read more...
Mountain by Ursula Pflug
Tuesday, 26 December 2017
Mountain     by Ursula Pflug       (Inanna Publications, May 24, 2017, pb, 99 pp.) Read more...
Strange Horizons, January 15, 2018
Monday, 15 January 2018
Strange Horizons, January 15, 2018 "The Glow-in-the-Dark Girls" by Senaa Ahmad Read more...
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #242, January 4, 2018
Wednesday, 10 January 2018
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #242, January 4, 2018 "Suite for Accompanied Cello" by Tamara Vardomskaya "An Aria for the Bloodlords" by Hannah Strom-Martin Read more...
Diabolical Plots #35, January 2018
Tuesday, 16 January 2018
Diabolical Plots #35, January 2018 “Six Hundred Universes of Jenny Zars” by Wendy Nikel “Brooklyn Fantasia” by Marcy Arlin Read more...
Uncanny #20, January/February 2018
Tuesday, 09 January 2018
Uncanny #20, January/February 2018 “She Still Loves the Dragon” by Elizabeth Bear “Contingency Plans for the Apocalypse” by S. B. Divya... Read more...
Grimdark #14, January 2018
Saturday, 13 January 2018
Grimdark #14, January 2018 "Beasts of the Burnished Chain" by Alex Marshall Read more...
Tor.com -- November 2017
Wednesday, 29 November 2017
Tor.com, November 2017 "The Tablet of Scaptur" by Julia Keller "This World is Full of Monsters" by Jeff VanderMeer Read more...
Tangent Photo Gallery #9
Saturday, 08 April 2017
Photos from MidAmeriCon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention Kansas City, MO, August 17-21, 2016 I normally take quite a few photos at major... 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...