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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...
John Steele, Adventurer -- "The Mission"
Friday, 18 May 2018
John Steele, Adventurer (1949-1956) aired "The Mission" on November 1, 1949. The show debuted just as television was beginning to compete with radio... 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...
Asimov's -- May/June 2018
Thursday, 17 May 2018
Asimov’s, May/June 2018 “The Wandering Warriors” by Rick Wilber and Alan Smale “Bubble and Squeak” by David Gerrold and Ctein “Life From... Read more...
Pulphouse #2, April 2018
Monday, 30 April 2018
Pulphouse #2, April 2018 "Identical" by Robert Jeschonek (not genre, not reviewed) "The Session" by Stephanie Writt (not genre, not reviewed) "The... 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...
Brief Cases by Jim Butcher
Thursday, 17 May 2018
Brief Cases       by     Jim Butcher         (Ace, hc, June 5, 2018, 448 pp.)     “A Fistful... Read more...
Strange Horizons -- May 21, 2018
Wednesday, 23 May 2018
Special Double Review by Mike Wyant, Jr. & David Schultz   Strange Horizons, May 21, 2018 "Salt Lines" by Ian Muneshwar Read more...
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #251, May 10, 2018
Friday, 11 May 2018
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #251, May 10, 2018 “The Root Cellar” by Maria Haskins “The Examination Cloth” by Jonathan Edelstein Read more...
Apex Magazine #108, May 2018
Wednesday, 23 May 2018
Apex #108, May 2018 “Stars so Sharp They Break the Skin” by Matthew Sanborn Smith “Cold Blue Sky” J. E. Bates "Mother Jones and the Nasty... Read more...
Galaxy's Edge #32, May/June 2018
Friday, 11 May 2018
Galaxy’s Edge #32, May/June 2018 “Just One More Kitten GIF” by Effie Seiberg “Diamonds in the Rough” by Alex Shvartsman “The Violet... 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 -- April 2018
Saturday, 05 May 2018
Tor.com, April 2018 “Played Your Eyes” by Johnathan Carroll “The Heart of Owl Abbas” by Kathleen Jennings “Worth her Weight in Gold” by... 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...