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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...
X Minus One -- "The Merchants of Venus" by A. H. Phelps, Jr.
Saturday, 17 March 2018
X Minus One (1955-58) aired "The Merchants of Venus" on July 18, 1957 as its 103rd episode. It first appeared as a short story by A. H. Phelps in the... 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...
Interzone #274, March/April 2018
Monday, 12 March 2018
Interzone #274, March/April 2018 "Beautiful Quiet of the Roaring Freeway" by James Sallis "Soul Music" by Antony Johnston "Schrödinger's" by Julie... Read more...
Pulphouse Issue 1, January 2018
Sunday, 25 February 2018
Pulphouse Issue 1, January 2018 "In the Empire of Underpants" by Robert T. Jeschonek (reprint) "Queen of the Mouse Riders" by Annie Reed "Group" by... 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...
Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers, ed. by Sarena Ulibarri
Saturday, 10 March 2018
Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers   Edited by Sarena Ulibarri   (World Weaver Press, June 5, 2018, pb, 283 pp.)   "Caught Root" by... Read more...
Strange Horizons, February 19, 2018
Friday, 23 February 2018
Strange Horizons, February 19, 2018 “Early Morning Service” by Irette Y. Patterson Read more...
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #245, February 15, 2018
Saturday, 24 February 2018
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #245, February 15, 2018 “Penitents” by Rich Larson “Red Dreams” by R. Z. Held “The Last Human Child” by Milo... Read more...
Clarkesworld #138, March 2018
Thursday, 08 March 2018
Clarkesworld #138, March 2018 "Tool-Using Mimics" by Kij Johnson "The Persistence of Blood" by Juliette Wade "Unplaces: An Atlas of Non-existence" by... Read more...
Galaxy's Edge #31, March/April 2018
Wednesday, 07 March 2018
Galaxy's Edge #31, March/April 2018 "Death Rides Shotgun" by Michael Haynes "The Stars So Black, the Space So White" by Robert Jeschonek "Things Said... Read more...
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly #35, February 2018
Tuesday, 06 February 2018
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly #35, February 2018 "White Rainbow and Brown Devil, by Raphael Ordonez "That Sleep of Death" by Mary-Jean Harris "Things of... Read more...
Tor.com -- February 2018
Friday, 02 March 2018
Tor.com, February 2018 "Where Would You Be Now?" by Carrie Vaughn "Evernight" by Victor Milán "You Know How the Story Goes" by Thomas Olde Heuvelt... 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...