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”


L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers & Illustrators of the Future
L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers & Illustrators of the FutureWhat is Writers of the Future? by Joni Labaqui If you are an aspiring writer, you likely alread… 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 July of 2017 saw the publication of Go Fo… Read more...
Night Beat -- "Long Live the Clown"
Night Beat (1950-52) aired “Long Live the Clown” on May 8, 1952 as its 93rd episode out of approximately 118 (depending on how one counts). Some 80 episodes are … 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, July/August 2022
Asimov's, July/August 2022 "Work Minus Eighty" by Will McIntosh "Reservoir Ice" by Michael Swanwick "Pollen and Salt" by Octavia Cade "Screaming Fire" by Michèl… Read more...
On Spec #119, Spring 2022
On Spec #119, Spring 2022 "Oikos Needs Cook" by Geneviève Blouin "Sins Between Man and His Fellow" by Alex Langer "What Bones Remain" by Cynthia Zhang "Three Kn… 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...
Robosoldiers: Thank You for Your Servos, ed. Stephen Lawson
Robosoldiers: Thank You for Your Servosedited byStephen Lawson   (Baen, June 2022, 352 pp, pb) “Higher Ground” by M.T. Reiten “Today I Go H… Read more...
Strange Horizons, July 18, 2022
[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 #361, July 28, 2022
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #361, July 28, 2022 "A Once and Future Reckoning" by Rajan Khanna "Uncounted Leaves of Ends of Camelot" by R.K. Duncan Reviewed by Victori… Read more...
Clarkesworld #191, August 2022
Clarkesworld #191, August 2022 "Tender, Tether, Shell" by M. J. Pettit "Pollatomish" by Finbarr O'Reilly "Slight Forms" by R.T. Ester "Migratory Patterns of the … Read more...
Apex #132, July/August 2022
Apex #132, July/August 2022 “Have Mercy, My Love, While We Wait for the Thaw” by Iori Kusano “Creatures of the Dark Oasis” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam “A C… Read more...
Grimdark #31, July 2022
Grimdark #31, July 2022 “And Sneer of Cold Command” by Premee Mohamed (reprint, not reviewed) “The First Bar at the End of the Day” by Ken Scholes “Head… Read more...
Tor.com, July 2022
Tor.com, July 2022 “The Sisters of Saint Nicola of The Almost Perpetual Motion vs the Lurch” by Garth Nix “In Mercy, Rain” by Seanan McGuire “Grow” by… 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...