A Visual History of Science Fiction
vol 1: 1926
(Published July 2014)
Reviewed by C.D. Lewis
Futures Past is Jim Emerson’s history of science fiction from 1926 to 1975. The first volume – centered on 1926 – opens with an editorial opposite an image of the editorial with which Hugo Gernsback introduced the first issue of Amazing Stories in 1926. The old typeface and its archaic reference to SF as “scientifiction” serve as cogs in a time machine, delivering readers to an age in which the SF genre hadn’t yet been named. But it existed. Gernsback makes clear in referencing authors like Verne and Wells that he’s not proposing a novelty but promoting the best of what he knows can be done. Emerson’s first volume carries the time travel onward for more than fifty pages.
SFWA President Endorses Politically Correct Bulletin Censorship
(Copyright to the following article is hereby relinquished. It may be freely copied and distributed.)
[Signatories will be added periodically.]
Please note that an earlier version of the following was sent to a few members and then subsequently revised to better reflect its purpose and goals. This should be taken as the official, public version.
by Dave Truesdale
Steven Gould, President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, is about to institute a policy of censorship based on political correctness in the organization’s public publication, the magazine available for purchase by the general public, the SFWA Bulletin.
As a former Bulletin editor serving at the pleasure of two SFWA Presidents (Paul Levinson and Norman Spinrad) I was shocked when I visited the page at the SFWA website where the call for a new Bulletin editor listed the new job guidelines and requirements.
Tangent Online 2013 Recommended Reading List
As with previous years, this list is not meant as comprehensive, there being several items we were not able to acquire and there are always the few stray stories published in non-traditional venues which we did not see. As was the case last year we narrowed our focus (with rare exception) to those stories published in professionally paying markets as defined by SFWA (5c/wd.). While SFWA has changed its pro-market requirements for 2014 to 6c/wd. we will continue to cover those markets paying the former rate of 5c/wd.
The Six-Gun Tarot Contest Results
Two weeks ago R. S. Belcher and Tangent Online hosted a contest where the first, second, and third person to correctly guess a character reference in Rod Belcher's The Six-Gun Tarot -- that no reviewer or blogger had yet mentioned -- would win free novels generously provided by Tor books. Alas, out of the many entries received there was no winner.
Rod Belcher provides the correct answer to this undiscovered character reference:
Dr. Francis Tumblety is on the short list of Jack the Ripper suspects by many Ripperologists and a real beaming example of humanity to boot. So Golgotha's sawbones may be Jack the Ripper...
Rod Belcher, Tor books, and Tangent Online wish to thank all those who participated, and better luck next time!
R. S. Belcher, author of
The Six-Gun Tarot
Host Free Book Giveaway
(Books generously donated by Tor/Forge)
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be announced here on Monday, July 15th, 2013.
First Place winner will receive three 2013 Tor books of winner's choice.
Second Place will receive two 2013 Tor books of winner's choice.
Third Place will receive one 2013 Tor book of winner's choice.
For details see the July 1st, 2013 issue of SF Site and review of The Six-Gun Tarot
with followup Q&A with Rod Belcher.
The contest will run from Monday, July 1st through Sunday, July 14, 2013. All entries must be sent to Dave Truesdale at
and received no later than midnight on July 14th Central Standard Time, USA. Winners will be notified and posted here on Monday, July 15th and given instructions for claiming their prizes.
The Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas is pleased to announce the 2013 finalists for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short story of the year:
"Things Greater Than Love," Kate Bachus, Strange Horizons (19 March 2012).
"Immersion," Aliette de Bodard, Clarkesworld (June 2012).
"Scattered Along the River of Heaven," Aliette de Bodard, Clarkesworld (January 2012).
"Close Encounters," Andy Duncan, The Pottawottamie Giant (PS Publishing). NOTE: Duncan, a juror, removed the story from consideration.
"The Grinnell Method," Molly Gloss, Strange Horizons (3 September & 10 September 2012).
"The Weight of History, The Lightness of the Future," Jay Lake, Subterranean Press Magazine (Spring 2012).
"The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species," Ken Liu, Lightspeed (August 2012).
"Mono No Aware," Ken Liu, The Future Is Japanese (Haikasoru).
"Nahiku West," Linda Nagata, Analog (October 2012).
Eater-of-Bone, Robert Reed, (PS Publishing).
"The Peak of Eternal Light," Bruce Sterling, Edge of Infinity (Solaris).
"(To See the Other) Whole Against the Sky," E. Catherine Tobler, Clarkesworld (November 2012).
After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, by Nancy Kress (Tachyon Press).
Tangent Online 2012 Recommended Reading List
As with previous years, this list is not meant as comprehensive, there being several items we were not able to acquire and there are always the few stray stories published in non-traditional venues which we did not see. As was the case last year we narrowed our focus (with rare exception) to those stories published in professionally paying markets as defined by SFWA (5c/wd.).
As is our custom, there are four sections to each length category. Those making the list in the short story, novelette, and novella lengths but having no stars, and those with either one, two, or three stars, according to how well the reviewer or reviewers valued a particular story. Quite often you will see more than a single reviewer's initials following a given entry. We have placed the story in the category receiving the most stars. Thus, it is possible that while one reviewer merely placed a story on the list without any stars, another also placed it on the list but with one or more stars, thus elevating that story to the higher ranking. Where there are more than one reviewer's initials following a story recommendation, they appear in no particular order.
Please note the new editorial email address, effective Dec. 16, 2012:
(Apologies for the inconvenience)
(August 22, 1920 - June 6, 2012)
Tangent Online has posted a (never before reprinted) 1976 interview with Ray Bradbury. See the Interviews section below.
The Nebula Awards were handed out Saturday, May 19, 2012 in Arlington, VA for works appearing in 2011. Voted upon by Active members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), the winners are:
Best Novel: Among Others by Jo Walton (Tor, 1/11)
Best Novella: "The Man Who Bridged the Mist" by Kij Johnson (Asimov's, 10-11/11)
Best Novelette: "What We Found" by Geoff Ryman (F&SF, 9-10/11)
Best Short Story: "The Paper Menagerie" by Ken Liu (F&SF, 3-4/11)