Tangent Online 2020 Recommended Reading List

Tangent Online 2020 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 has been the case for the last several years, of necessity (too many magazines, too few reviewers) we narrowed our focus (with some exceptions) to those stories published in professionally paying markets as defined by SFWA (including when the pro rate was set at 5 cents per word; it has now increased to 8 cents per word).

There are 350 stories on this year’s list (down 22 from last year’s 372): 292 short stories (down 21 from last year’s 313), 48 novelettes (up 3 from last year’s 45), and 10 novellas (the same as last year’s 10). As with any such list—especially ours with its ever-changing review 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 2020 Recommended Reading List”


70 Years of Leigh Brackett’s Stark by P. Alexander
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"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...
Dangerous Assignment -- "The Lost City"
“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 Assig… 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
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Asimov's, January/February 2021
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On Spec #114, October 2020
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Unfit, Volume 6, Fall 2020
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Obsessions, edited by Mark Leslie
Obsessions   Edited by Mark Leslie   (Stark Publishing, November 2020, pb, 338 pp.)   "My Prize" by Leah Cutter (nongenre, not reviewed) "Curse o… Read more...
Strange Horizons, January 11,2021
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Beneath Ceaseless Skies #320, January 1, 2021
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Flash Fiction Online #88, January 2021
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Galaxy's Edge #48, January/February 2021
Galaxy's Edge #48, January/February 2021 "The Homecoming" by Mike Resnick (reprint, not reviewed) "The Broken Sky" by Kai Wolden "Slow Life" by Michael Swanwick (… Read more...
Future Science Fiction Digest #9, December 2020
Future Science Fiction Digest #9, December 2020 "Rœsin" by Wu Guan "Raising Mermaids" by Dai Da "Butterfly Blue" by Gustavo Bondoni "Reflection" by Gu Shi (repr… Read more...
Tor.com, December 2020
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Tangent Photo Gallery #11
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