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...
The Adventures of Philip Marlowe -- "The Feminine Touch"
The Adventures of Philip Marlowe (1948-51) aired “The Feminine Touch” on May 7, 1949 as the 32nd of its 114 episodes. This is but the third episode of the show w… 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...
Fantasy & Science Fiction, November/December 2022
Fantasy & Science Fiction November/December 2022 “Sacrificial Drones” by John Shirley “Optimist Cleaver's Last Transmission” by J.C. Hsyu “Crypt Cu… Read more...
Cirsova #12, Fall 2022
Cirsova #12, Fall 2022 “The Impossible Footprint” by David Skinner “A Long Way to Fall” by David Eyk “Fight of the Sandfishers” by Jim Breyfogle “T… 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...
Shapers of Worlds, Vol. III, ed. Edward Willett
Shapers of Worlds Volume IIIEdited byEdward Willett(Shadowpaw Press, October 2022, pb, 486pp.) "And the Walls Came Tumbling Down" by James Morro… Read more...
Strange Horizons, November 21, 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 #369, November 17, 2022
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #369, November 17, 2022 “Troubling a Star” by Andrew Dykstal “The Future Without the Past Is No Future at All” by Todd Honeycutt R… Read more...
Mysterion, November 2022
Mysterion, November 2022"My Soul, and With the Sun" by Duke KimballReviewed by Victoria SilverwolfIn flashbacks, "My Soul, and With the Sun" by Duke Kimb… Read more...
Apex #134, November/December 2022
Apex #134, November/December 2022 "The Walking Mirror of the Soul" by Renan Bernardo "The Healer" by Jennifer Marie Brissett "The Words" by Clelia Farris "Observ… Read more...
Grimdark #32, October 2022
Grimdark #32, October 2022 “Snow White, Green Mantle” by Jude Reid “Sticks and Stones” by Daniel Polansky “Baby Teeth” by Lina Rather “Pop Squad”… Read more...
Tor.com, November 2022
Tor.com, November 2022 "The Sufficient Loss Protocol" by Kemi Ashing-Giwa "Judge Dee and the Mystery of the Missing Manuscript" by Lavie Tidhar Reviewed by Victor… 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...