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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...
Dangerous Assignment -- "Renew Sheik Haroun's Uranium Deal
Tuesday, 20 February 2018
"Yeah, danger is my assignment--I get sent to a lot of places I can't even pronounce. They all spell the same thing, though--trouble!" Dangerous... 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...
Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April 2018
Monday, 12 February 2018
Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April 2018 "The Satyr of Brandenburg" by Charlotte Ashley "Deep Sea Fish" by Chi Hui (translated by Brian Bies)... Read more...
Cirsova #7, Spring 2018
Thursday, 15 February 2018
Cirsova #7, Spring 2018 "Galactic Gamble" by Dominika Lein "The Iynx" by Michael Reyes "The Legend of Blade" by Jason Scott Aiken "The Great Culling... 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...
Tattoo by Michelle Rene
Saturday, 17 February 2018
Tattoo   by Michelle Rene   (Annorlunda Books, January 23, 2018, pb, 83 pp.)   Read more...
Strange Horizons, February 12, 2018
Thursday, 15 February 2018
Strange Horizons, February 12, 2018 “On the Occasion of A Burial of Ernest Zach Ulrich” by Mary Kuryla Read more...
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #244, February 1, 2018
Tuesday, 06 February 2018
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #244, February 1, 2018 “The Starship and the Temple Cat” by Yoon Ha Lee “El is a Spaceship Melody” by Maurice... Read more...
Apex Magazine #105, February 2018
Saturday, 17 February 2018
Apex #105, February 2018 “A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies” by Alix E. Harrow “Work, and Ye Shall Eat”... Read more...
Uncanny #20, January/February 2018
Tuesday, 09 January 2018
Uncanny #20, January/February 2018 “She Still Loves the Dragon” by Elizabeth Bear “Contingency Plans for the Apocalypse” by S. B. Divya... 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 -- January 2018
Thursday, 01 February 2018
Tor.com, January 2018 "The Ghoul Goes West" by Dale Bailey 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...