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 351 stories on this year’s list (down 21 from last year’s 372): 293 short stories (down 20 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
  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...
The Man Called X -- "Terror Across the Nation"
The Man Called X (1944-45, 1946, 1947-48, 1950-52) aired “Terror Across the Nation” on April 28, 1951, as the 29th episode of the 86 aired during the 1950-52 run… 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...
Black Static #78/79, March 2021
Black Static #78/79, March 2021 “Upland Wildlife” by Rhonda Pressley Veit “These Birdhouses are Empty Now” by Jo Kaplan “Delivery” by Tyler Keevil … Read more...
On Spec #115, February 2021
On Spec #115, Volume 31, No. 1, February 2020 “Escape from the Sunset Vista” by Anthony W. Eichenlaub “The Perfect Shot: The Adventures of Flick Gibson, Vide… Read more...
Unfit, Volume 6, Fall 2020
Unfit, Volume 6, Fall 2020 "An Almost Perfect Exchange" by Florin Purluca "The Rediscovery of Plants" by E.E. King (reprint, not reviewed) "The Dinner" by Liviu S… Read more...
Fiction River #36: Dark and Deadly Passions, ed. Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Fiction River #36: Dark and Deadly Passionsedited by   Kristine Kathryn Rusch   (WMG Publishing, March 30, 2021, pb, 236 pp) "Some of This Is Tr… Read more...
Strange Horizons, April 5, 2021
Strange Horizons, April 5, 2021 "We Broke Nairobi" by Noel Cheruto Reviewed by Victoria SilverwolfA supernatural disaster devastates the city mentioned in the … Read more...
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #326, March 25, 2021
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #326, March 25, 2021 “The Captain and the Quartermaster” by C. L. Clark “The Colors of Sand” by Anna Winterstein Reviewed by Kevin… Read more...
Clarkesworld #175, April 2021
Clarkesworld #175, April 2021 “Sarcophagus” by Ray Nayler “The Field Tiger” by Endria Isa Richardson “Ouroboros” by Dean-Paul Stephens “The Sheen o… Read more...
Galaxy's Edge #49, March/April 2021
Galaxy's Edge #49, March/April 2021 "The Language of Leaves" by Ville Meriläinen "After a Lean Winter" by David Farland (reprint, not reviewed) "Ping" by J. Scot… Read more...
Future Science Fiction Digest #10, March 2021
Future Science Fiction Digest #10, March 2021 "The Second Celeste" by Alberto Chimal "The Two Festivals that Cannot Coexist" by Liu Cixin "The Office Drone" by Ni… Read more...
Tor.com, March 2021
Tor.com, March 2021 “#Spring Love, #Pichal Pairi” by Usman T. Malik “Masquerade Season” by ’Pemi Aguda “El nido de libros” by Naomi Kritzer (Spanis… 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...