Tangent Online 2021 Recommended Reading List

Tangent Online 2021 Recommended Reading List

As with previous years, this list is not meant as comprehensive, there being a number of items we didn’t see, especially at the novella length. As was the case with the last several years, we narrowed our focus (with some exceptions) to those stories published in professionally paying markets as defined by SFWA.

There are 300 stories on this year’s list (down 72 from last year’s 372): 235 short stories (down 78 from last year’s 313), 53 novelettes (up 8 from last year’s 45), and 12 novellas (up 2 from last year’s 10). As with any such list—especially ours with its ever-changing reviewer staff—different reviewers bring different 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. However, it does seem as if each year has its own nebulous, general level of quality, with some years being commented upon 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 to the fiction they read. Continue reading “Tangent Online 2021 Recommended Reading List”


70 Years of Leigh Brackett’s Stark by P. Alexander
  70 Years of Leigh Brackett’s Stark   by P. Alexander   70 years ago this June, Leigh Brackett’s Queen of the Martian Catacombs ran a… Read more...
"Call Me Dumbo" by Bob Shaw
“Call Me Dumbo”   by Bob Shaw   (1931-1996)   (novelette, originally in IF, December 1966)     by Dave Truesdale … Read more...
Lights Out! -- "Until Dead (The Luck of Mark Street)"
Lights Out! (1934-1947) aired “Until Dead (The Luck of Mark Street)"” on February 2, 1943 as the 18th episode of the 1942-43 season. This is our 19th Lights Out!… Read more...
Flying Saucers & the Stymie Factor by Raymond A. Palmer
"Flying Saucers & the Stymie Factor"   by   Ray Palmer   (From Science Fiction Review, May 1978, edited by Richard E. Geis) New… Read more...
Classic Ben Bova Interview
Tangent Online Presents: An Interview with Ben Bova(November 8, 1932 -- November 29, 2020} (Ben Bova photo © 1976, 2020 Dave Truesdale} Locations: Stevens… Read more...
Monthly print magazine notice
Since Dec. 2016 there have been no professionally paying monthly SF/F genre print magazines.… Read more...
Asimov's, January/February 2022
Asimov's, January/February 2022 "Snowflake" by Nick Wolven "Welcome Home" by Jendayi Brooks-Flemister "River of Stars, Bridge of Shadows" by A.A. Attanasio "The … Read more...
Cirsova #9, Winter 2021
Cirsova #9, Winter 2021 "For We Are Many" by Paul Lucas "The Wreck of the Cassada" by Jim Breyfogle "Wychyrst Tower" by Matthew Pungitore "She Saw it Creeping U… Read more...
Unfit, Vol. 7, Summer 2021
Unfit, Volume 7, Summer 2021 "Wind" by Margaret Randall "Kissing Strange Girls" by Tais Teng "A Song Before Sunset" by David Grigg (reprint, not reviewed) "Thoug… Read more...
The Wasp Child by Rhiannon Rasmussen
The Wasp Child by Rhiannon Rasmussen (Vernacular Books, June 2022, pb, 100 pp.) Reviewed by Victoria Silverwolf"The Wasp Child" by Rhiannon Rasmussen takes p… Read more...
Strange Horizons, December 20, 2021
[On May 10, 2021 Strange Horizons officially expressed its political support for Palestinian solidarity. The views of Tangent Online reviewers are not necessarily th… Read more...
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #347, January 13, 2022
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #347, January 13, 2022 “Chrysalis” by Marie Brennan “Three Songs to Fill Up the Shadow” by Spencer Ellsworth Reviewed by Kevin P H… Read more...
Diabolical Plots #83, January 2021
Diabolical Plots #83, January, 2022 “Tides That Bind” by Cislyn Smith “Delivery For 3C at Song View” by Marie Croke Reviewed by Geoff Houghton The openi… Read more...
Galaxy's Edge #54, January/February 2022
Galaxy's Edge #54, January/February 2022 "Hive at the Dead Star" by Lucas Carroll-Garrett "Echoes of Gliese" by Christopher Henckel "Hothouse Flowers" by Mike Res… Read more...
Future Science Fiction Digest #13, December 2021
Future Science Fiction Digest #13, December 2021 "A Mountain of Dust" by Wangxiang Fengnian "Echoes of a Broken Mind" by Christine Lucas "Three Times Dad Saved th… Read more...
Tor.com, December 2021
Tor.com, December 2021 “The Tinder Box” by Kate Elliott Reviewed by Kevin P Hallett There is one first publication story at Tor.com for December. “The Tind… Read more...
Tangent Photo Gallery #11
Photos from Libertycon 32 Chattanooga, TN, June 28-30, 2019Guest of Honor: Sarah A. HoytArtist Guest of Honor: Mitch FoustScience Guest of Honor: Arla… Read more...