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Tangent Online 2016 Recommended Reading List

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Tangent Online 2016 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 379 stories on this year's list (down from last year's 416): 296 short stories, 65 novelettes, and 18 novellas.

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...
Cosmos -- A Triumphal Failure of Early Science Fiction
Sunday, 24 April 2016
  Cosmos - A Triumphal Failure of Early Science Fiction by David Ritter (January 2015)   Introduction          ... Read more...
Escape -- "Clear for Action"
Saturday, 12 August 2017
Escape (1947-54) aired "Clear for Action" on June 14, 1953 as the 200th of its 251 episodes. A spinoff of the highly popular radio show Suspense... Read more...
The Biggest Pulps by Mike Ashley
Thursday, 02 April 2015
Mike Ashley is the science fiction, fantasy, and mystery genres foremost bibliographer. He is perhaps most widely and popularly known for the... 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, September/October 2017
Monday, 07 August 2017
Fantasy & Science Fiction, September/October 2017 "Evil Opposite" by Naomi Kritzer "We Are Born" by Dare Segun Falowo "Leash on a Man" by Robert... Read more...
Weirdbook #35, May 2017
Tuesday, 04 July 2017
Weirdbook #35, May 2017 “The Pullulations of the Tribe” by Adrian Cole “The Dead of Night” by Christian Riley “Mother of My Children” by... Read more...
Aliterate #2, Spring 2017
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
Aliterate #2, Spring 2017 "When the Moon Fell into the Sea" by Story Boyle "The Fold" by Aaron Worth "Drowning Joys" by Jason Kimble "The... Read more...
Cat's Breakfast: Kurt Vonnegut Tribute, ed. Juliana Rew
Monday, 24 July 2017
Cat’s Breakfast: Kurt Vonnegut Tribute   Edited by Juliana Rew   (Third Flatiron Anthologies, June 2017, 272 pp., pb)   “Spooky... Read more...
Strange Horizons, August 14, 2017
Monday, 14 August 2017
Strange Horizons, August 14, 2017 "unfurl/ed" by Jes Rausch Read more...
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #231, August 3, 2017
Tuesday, 08 August 2017
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #231, August 3, 2017 "Deathspeaker" by Stephen Case "The Broken Karwaneer" by Jeremy A. TeGrotenhuis Read more...
Clarkesworld #131, August 2017
Sunday, 13 August 2017
Clarkesworld #131, August 2017 "Twisted Knots" by D.A. Xiaolin Spires (golem, puppets, Chinese) "Reversion" by Nin Harris (gills, Indian) "The Stone... Read more...
Compelling SF #8, August/September 2017
Sunday, 06 August 2017
Compelling Science Fiction #8, August/September 2017 "Emerging from the Shadows" by Clinton Lawrence "National Mission System" by Matt Fuchs "The... Read more...
Grimdark #12, July 2017
Saturday, 05 August 2017
Grimdark #12, July 2017 “A Ring to Rule Them All” by Luke Scull “Peddler” by William Stiteler “Red Glass” by Anna Smith-Spark Read more...
Tor.com -- July 2017
Wednesday, 26 July 2017
Tor.com, July 2017 "When the Devil Drives" by Melinda Snodgrass "Waiting on a Bright Moon" by JY Yang "The Martian Obelisk" by Linda Nagata "These... 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...