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Tangent Online 2016 Recommended Reading List

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Tangent Online 2016 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 379 stories on this year's list (down from last year's 416): 296 short stories, 65 novelettes, and 18 novellas.

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...
Dimension X -- "Pebble in the Sky" by Isaac Asimov
Sunday, 12 November 2017
Dimension X (1950-51) aired "Pebble in the Sky" on June 17, 1951 as its 37th episode. Isaac Asimov (1919-1992, photo at right) first wrote the novel... Read more...
The Biggest Pulps by Mike Ashley
Thursday, 02 April 2015
Mike Ashley is the science fiction, fantasy, and mystery genres foremost bibliographer. He is perhaps most widely and popularly known for the... 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...
Interzone #272, September/October 2017
Saturday, 07 October 2017
Interzone #272, September/October 2017 “Blessings Erupt” by Aliya Whiteley “The Music of Ghosts” by Paul Jessup “Ghosts of a Neon God” by... Read more...
On Spec #105, Vol. 28, No. 2, 2017
Monday, 04 September 2017
On Spec #105, Vol. 28, No. 2, 2017 "Missing in Action" by Michael Johnstone "Trinkets" by Story Boyle "The Call of Freezing Souls" by Jean-Louis... Read more...
Aliterate #2, Spring 2017
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
Aliterate #2, Spring 2017 "When the Moon Fell into the Sea" by Story Boyle "The Fold" by Aaron Worth "Drowning Joys" by Jason Kimble "The... Read more...
Tales from the Lake #4: The Horror Anthology, ed. by Ben Eads
Sunday, 12 November 2017
Tales from the Lake Volume 4: The Horror Anthology     Edited by Ben Eads     (Crystal Lake Publishing, October 7, 2017, pb, 372... Read more...
Strange Horizons, November 13, 2017
Monday, 13 November 2017
Strange Horizons, November 13, 2017 "El Cóndor del Machángara" by Ana Hurtado Read more...
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #238, November 9, 2017
Thursday, 09 November 2017
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #238, November 9th, 2017 “The Şiret” by Marie Brennan “His Wife and Serpent Mistress” by Gillian Daniels Read more...
Diabolical Plots #33A & B, November 2017
Wednesday, 15 November 2017
Diabolical Plots #33, November 2017 "When One Door Shuts," by Aimee Ogden "Shoots and Ladders" by Charles Payseur Read more...
Uncanny #19, November/December 2017
Friday, 03 November 2017
Uncanny #19, November/December 2017 "Making Us Monsters" by Sam J. Miller & Lara Elena Donnelly "The Bone Plain" by Karin Tidbeck "Learning to... Read more...
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly #34, November 2017
Sunday, 12 November 2017
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly #34, November 2017 "Crazy Snake and the Demons of Ometepe" by Eric Atkisson "Hunger's End" by Scott Shank "Dragon in Amber"... Read more...
Tor.com -- October 2017
Wednesday, 01 November 2017
Tor.com, October 2017 "Crispin's Model" by Max Gladstone "The Future of Hunger in the Age of Programmable Matter" by Sam J. Miller 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...