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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 Adventures of Sam Spade -- "Sam and Psyche"
Saturday, 14 July 2018
The Adventures of Sam Spade (1946-1951) aired "Sam and Psyche" on August 2, 1946 as its fourth episode of approximately 243, only 74 of which are... 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 -- July/August 2018
Monday, 25 June 2018
Asimov's, July/August 2018 “Ephemera” by Ian R. MacLeod "Stones in the Water, Cottage on the Mountain" by Suzanne Palmer “Lieutenant... Read more...
Cirsova #8, Summer 2018
Sunday, 03 June 2018
Cirsova #8, Summer 2018 “Slavers of Venus” by Nathan Dabney “Littermates (Part 1 of 2)” by J. D. Brink “Brandy and Dye” by Jim Breyfogle... Read more...
Compelling SF #11, Summer 2018
Tuesday, 05 June 2018
Compelling SF #11, Summer 2018 "Top of Show" by James Rowland "Targeted Behavior" by J.D. Moyer "Redaction" by Adam R. Shannon "Cold Draft" by John... Read more...
Fiction River #28: Wishes, edited by Rebecca Moesta
Tuesday, 10 July 2018
Fiction River #28: Wishes   Edited by Rebecca Moesta   (WMG Publishing, June 2018, pb, 296 pp.)   "The Rock of Kansas" by Eric Kent... Read more...
Strange Horizons -- July 16, 2018
Tuesday, 17 July 2018
Strange Horizons, July 16, 2018 "The Trees of My Youth Grew Tall" by Mimi Mondal Read more...
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #255, July 5, 2018
Monday, 09 July 2018
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #255, July 5, 2018 “Speak Easy, Suicide Selkies” by E. Catherine Tobler “The Scrimshander” by Damien Krsteski Read more...
Diabolical Plots #41, July 2018
Tuesday, 17 July 2018
Diabolical Plots #41, July 2018 "Crimson Hour" by Jesse Sprague "Jesus and Dave" by Jennifer Lee Rossman Read more...
Uncanny #23, July/August 2018
Saturday, 14 July 2018
Uncanny #23, July/August 2018 "Red Lizard Brigade" by Sam J. Miller "You Can Make a Dinosaur, but You Can't Help Me" by K. M. Szpara "Bones in the... Read more...
Grimdark #16, July 2018
Tuesday, 17 July 2018
Grimdark #16, July 2018 “A Hero's Guide to Fairy Tales” by Steven Fischer “The Bronze Gods” by Jeremy Szal “On the Dragonroad” by... Read more...
Tor.com -- June 2018
Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Tor.com, June 2018 “Meat And Salt And Sparks” by Rich Larson “Recoveries” by Susan Palwick “The Need for Air” by Lettie Prell 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...