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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...
The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe -- "The Case of the Friendly Rabbit" by Alfred Bester
Monday, 16 April 2018
The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe (1950-51) aired "The Case of the Friendly Rabbit" on December 1, 1950 as the 7th of its 26 episodes. Prior to this... 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, May/June 2018
Thursday, 05 April 2018
Fantasy and Science Fiction, May/June 2018 "Tender Loving Plastics" by Amman Sabet "The Barrens" by Stephanie Feldman "Inquisitive" by Pip Coen... Read more...
Weirdbook #38, February 2018
Saturday, 07 April 2018
Weirdbook #38, February 2018 “Harlot Road” by Michael Bracken “With a Poet’s Eyes” by John C. Hocking “The Wishing Well” by Robert... 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...
Star Destroyers, ed. Tony Daniel & Christopher Ruocchio
Thursday, 29 March 2018
Star Destroyers   Edited by Tony Daniel & Christopher Ruocchio   (Baen, March 6, 2018, 336 pp., Paperback and Kindle)    ... Read more...
Strange Horizons -- April 16, 2018
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
Strange Horizons, April 16, 2018 "Old Fighter Pilots" by Samuel Jensen Read more...
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #249, April 12, 2018
Monday, 16 April 2018
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #249, April 12, 2018 "Weft" by Rahul Kanakia "Fireskin" by Joanne Rixon Read more...
Nightmare #67, April 2018
Wednesday, 18 April 2018
Nightmare #67, April 2018 "Pitcher Plant" by Adam-Troy Castro "Don't Pack Hope" by Emma Osborne Read more...
Uncanny #21, March/April 2018
Friday, 30 March 2018
Uncanny #21, March/April 2018 “I Frequently Hear Music in the Very Heart of Noise” by Sarah Pinsker “And Yet” by A.T. Greeblatt “Like a... Read more...
Grimdark #15, April 2018
Wednesday, 11 April 2018
Grimdark #15, April 2018 “Kings and Queens” by Raluca Basala “Just a Little Murder” by Anna Stephens Read more...
Tor.com -- March 2018
Wednesday, 28 March 2018
Tor.com, March 2018 "Our King and His Court" by Rich Larson "Under The Spinodal Curve" by Hanuš Seiner, translated by Julie Novakova 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...