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Tangent Online 2018 Recommended Reading List

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Tangent Online 2018 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.

There are 342 stories on this year's list (down from last year's 378): 276 short stories (down from last year's 292), 52 novelettes (down from last year's 76), and 14 novellas (up from last year's 10). As with any such list--especially ours with its ever-changing staff--different reviewers bring different tastes and 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. That said, it does seem as if each year has its own nebulous, general level of quality, with some years being known 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 (some liberal and others more strict) to the fiction they read.

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...
John Steele, Adventurer -- "The First Stone"
Saturday, 16 March 2019
John Steele, Adventurer (1949-1956) aired "The First Stone" on December 26, 1950. Though old episodes are being found from time to time, currently... 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 Robert A. Heinlein Interview
Wednesday, 27 February 2019
Tangent Online Presents:   An Interview with Robert A. Heinlein (July 7, 1907 — May 8, 1988) (Robert Heinlein photo by Dave Truesdale, April... 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...
Black Static #68, March/April 2019
Wednesday, 13 March 2019
Black Static #68, March/April 2019 "Unchain the Beast" by Stephen Volk "In a Dry Season" by David Martin "Totenhaus" by Amanda J. Bermudez "Roiling... Read more...
Pulphouse #5, Winter 2019
Friday, 08 March 2019
Pulphouse #5, Winter 2019 "The Geezer Squad" by Annie Reed (non-genre, not reviewed) "The Dog That Ate Homework" by J. Steven York "Battery-Operated... Read more...
Compelling SF #12, Winter 2018
Tuesday, 04 December 2018
Compelling SF #12, Winter 2018 "The Lonely Dark" by Deborah Davitt "False Identity" by John M. Campbell "The Mojo Economy" by Jim Meeks-Johnson "The... Read more...
Weirdbook Annual #2: The Cthulhu Mythos, ed. Douglas Draa
Saturday, 16 March 2019
Weirdbook Annual #2:   The Third Cthulhu Mythos Megapack   Edited by Douglas Draa   (Wildside Press, February 2019, tpb, 148 pp.) ... Read more...
Strange Horizons -- March 11, 2019
Tuesday, 12 March 2019
Strange Horizons, March 11, 2019 "The Wind Whispers Secrets To The Sea" by Jordan Kurella Read more...
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #273, March 14, 2019
Thursday, 14 March 2019
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #273, March 14th, 2019 “Through the Doorways, Whiskey Chile” by S.H. Mansouri “New Horizons” by Alexander Stanmyer Read more...
Diabolical Plots #49, March 2019
Sunday, 17 March 2019
Diabolical Plots #49, March 2019 "Heaven For Everyone" by Aimee Ogden "The Last Death" by Sahara Frost Read more...
Galaxy's Edge #37, March/April 2019
Friday, 08 March 2019
Galaxy’s Edge #37, March/April 2019 “Plop Plop” by Larry Hodges “A Fragment For Father” by Floris M. Kleijne “Aftershock” by Brian... Read more...
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly #39, February 2019
Monday, 25 February 2019
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly #39, February 2019 "Servant of the Black Wind" by Gregory D. Mele "Tymass by Ring-Light" by Mike Adamson "The Merit of One... Read more...
Tor.com -- February 2019
Thursday, 28 February 2019
Tor.com, February 2019 "Articulated Restraint" by Mary Robinette Kowal "The Song" by Erinn L. Kemper "Old Media" by Annalee Newitz Read more...
Tangent Photo Gallery #10
Thursday, 30 August 2018
Photos from Worldcon 76, the 76th World Science Fiction Convention San Jose, CA, August 16-20, 2018 I arrived early Friday afternoon, the 17th, and... 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...