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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...
Philo Vance --"The Case of Strange Music"
Saturday, 16 June 2018
Philo Vance (1943-45, 1945, 1946-52) aired "The Case of Strange Music" on August 9, 1945. The number of total aired episodes is unknown due to the... 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...
Black Static #63, May'June 2018
Wednesday, 20 June 2018
Special Double Review by Gyanavani & Tara Grimravn   Black Static #63, May/June 2018 “The Harder it gets the Softer We Sing” by Steven... Read more...
Cirsova #8, Summer 2018
Sunday, 03 June 2018
Cirsova #8, Summer 2018 “Slavers of Venus” by Nathan Dabney “Littermates (Part 1 of 2)” by J. D. Brink “Brandy and Dye” by Jim Breyfogle... Read more...
Compelling SF #11, Summer 2018
Tuesday, 05 June 2018
Compelling SF #11, Summer 2018 "Top of Show" by James Rowland "Targeted Behavior" by J.D. Moyer "Redaction" by Adam R. Shannon "Cold Draft" by John... Read more...
Galileo's Theme Park, ed. by Juliana Rew
Wednesday, 20 June 2018
Galileo's Theme Park   Edited by Juliana Rew   (Third Flatiron Publishing, June 6, 2018, pb, 180 pp.)   "And Yet They Move" by Alex... Read more...
Strange Horizons -- June 18, 2018
Wednesday, 20 June 2018
Strange Horizons, June 18, 2018 “The Metal Eater of Luminous Smoke” by Minsoo Kang Read more...
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #254, June 21, 2018
Friday, 22 June 2018
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #254, June 21, 2018 “The Sweetness of Honey and Rot” by A. Merc Rustad “Three Dandelion Stars” by Jordan Kurella Read more...
Nightmare #69, June 2018
Friday, 22 June 2018
Nightmare #69, June 2018 “Leviathan Sings to Me in the Deep” by Nibedita Sen “Red Rain” by Adam-Troy Castro Read more...
Uncanny #22, May/June 2018
Friday, 01 June 2018
Uncanny #22, May/June 2018 “Blessings” by Naomi Novik “Sucks (to Be You)” by Katharine Duckett “Discard the Sun, for It Has Failed Us” by... Read more...
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly #36, May 2018
Tuesday, 08 May 2018
Special Double Review by Mark Suplinskas & Gyanavani   Heroic Fantasy Quarterly #36, May 2018 “More Blood Than Bone” by E. K. Wagner... Read more...
Tor.com -- May 2018
Thursday, 31 May 2018
Special Double Review by Mark Suplinskas/Jeffrey Steven Abrams & Victoria Silverwolf   Tor.com, May 2018 “Yiwu” by Lavie Tidhar “The... 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...