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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.

70 Years of Leigh Brackett’s Stark by P. Alexander
Tuesday, 16 April 2019
  70 Years of Leigh Brackett’s Stark   by P. Alexander   70 years ago this June, Leigh Brackett’s Queen of the Martian Catacombs... 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...
Night Beat -- "Mentallo, the Mental Marvel""
Friday, 17 May 2019
Nightbeat (1950-52) aired "Mentallo, the Mental Marvel" on May 1, 1950 as the 13th episode of an estimated 104. Some 74-78 episodes remain in... 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...
Tangent Online Interview: Joseph Green
Thursday, 02 May 2019
Tangent Online Presents: An Interview with Joseph Green (1931-    ) (Interview conducted by email April 29-May 1, 2019) 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...
Interzone #281, May/June 2019
Saturday, 18 May 2019
Interzone #281, May/June 2019 “The Realitarians” by James Warner “Float” by Kai Hudson “Harmony” by Andy Dudak “A Dreamer Arrives in... Read more...
Pulphouse #6, Spring 2019
Saturday, 04 May 2019
Pulphouse #6, Spring 2019 "The Fur Tsunami" by Kent Patterson "Unnatural Law" by J. Steven York "A Cherub by Any Other Name" by Annie Reed "PMS and a... 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...
Hidden Histories, edited by Juliana Rew
Tuesday, 14 May 2019
Hidden Histories   Edited by Juliana Rew   (Third Flatiron Anthologies, Spring/Summer 2019)   "The Fairy's Bell" by Bruce Golden... Read more...
Strange Horizons -- May 13, 2019
Thursday, 16 May 2019
Strange Horizons, May 13, 2019 "Who Has Never Loved a Gentle House?" by Osahon Ize-Iyamu Read more...
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #277, May 9, 2019
Wednesday, 15 May 2019
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #277, May 9, 2019 "The Bone Flute Quartet" by K.J. Kabza "The Thirty-Eight-Hundred Bone Coat" by R.K. Duncan Read more...
Diabolical Plots #51, May 2019
Saturday, 18 May 2019
Diabolical Plots #51, May 2019 "What the Sea Reaps, We Must Provide" by Eleanor R. Wood "Dogwood Stories" by Nicole Givens Kurtz Read more...
InterGalactic Medicine Show #68, April/May 2019
Tuesday, 07 May 2019
InterGalactic Medicine Show #68, April/May 2019 "All Times, All At Once" by Laurie Tom "Domus Lemurum" by Donald S. Crankshaw "Schrodinger's Grottoes... Read more...
Deep Magic #64, Spring 2019
Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Deep Magic #64, Spring 2019 "A Reminder of Old Earth" by Aaron Perry "Gift of Silence" by Alfred Smith "Don’t Wake the Dreamer" by KM Dailey... Read more...
Tor.com -- April 2019
Monday, 06 May 2019
Tor.com, April 2019 "One/Zero" by Kathleen Ann Goonan "Blue Morphos in the Garden" by Lis Mitchell "Painless" by Rich Larson "Mama Bruise" by... 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...
Three Novel Reviews -- 4/1/2019
Wednesday, 03 April 2019
Three Novel Reviews – 4/1/2019   Breach     (A Cold War Magic Novel, Book 1)     by     W. L. Goodwater  ... Read more...