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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 Whistler -- "Career Man"
Saturday, 14 September 2019
"I am the Whistler, and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales, hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped... 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.
Black Static #71 -- September/October 2019
Wednesday, 11 September 2019
Black Static #71, September/October 2019 "Dixon Parade" by Stephen Hargadon "Diamond Saw" by Sarah Read "Residue" by Steven Sheil "A Pressed Red... Read more...
Weirdbook #41, August 2019
Thursday, 12 September 2019
Weirdbook #41, August 2019 "Tonight I Wear My Crimson Face" by Adrian Cole "The House of the Witches" by Darrell Schweitzer "The Bones" by Erica... 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...
Devil Dancers and Other Tales by Robert E. Waters
Friday, 06 September 2019
Devil Dancers and Other Tales   by   Robert E. Waters   (eSpec Books, November 2019, pb, 207 pp.)   "Devil Dancers" "Child of... Read more...
Strange Horizons -- September 9, 2019
Tuesday, 10 September 2019
Strange Horizons, September 9, 2019 "And Now His Lordship is Laughing" by Shiv Ramdas Read more...
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #285, August 29, 2019
Thursday, 29 August 2019
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #285, August 29, 2019 "A Song for the Leadwood Tree" by Aimee Ogden "The Sweetest Fruit of Summer" by R.K. Duncan Read more...
Clarkesworld #156, September 2019
Saturday, 14 September 2019
Clarkesworld #156, September 2019 “Dave’s Head” by Suzanne Palmer “Amorville” by Bella Han (translated by the author) “To Catch All Sorts... Read more...
Galaxy's Edge #40, September/October 2019
Saturday, 07 September 2019
Galaxy's Edge #40, September/October 2019 "We Who Flee the Sun" by Sean Patrick Hazlett "Why Humans Can't Write Fiction: A Review" by Jon Lasser... 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 -- August 2019
Friday, 30 August 2019
Tor.com, August 2019 "More Real Than Him" by Silvia Park "Seonag and the Seawolves" by M. Evan MacGriogair "The City That Never Sleeps" by Walton... 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...
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...