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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.

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...
The Avenger -- "The Cradle of Doom"
Saturday, 12 January 2019
The Avenger (1941-42, 1945-46) aired "The Cradle of Doom" on October 26, 1945. I have run only two previous episodes of The Avenger, the last being... 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 -- January/February 2019
Thursday, 17 January 2019
Asimov's, January/February 2019 "How Sere Looked for a Pair of Boots" by Alexander Jablokov "The Esteemed" by Robert Reed "Ventiforms" by Sean... Read more...
Pulphouse #4, December 2018
Saturday, 29 December 2018
Pulphouse #4, December 2018 “The Coyote Equation” by J. Steven York “The Apple Tart of Eden” by M. L. Buchman “The Dead on Somerset Hill”... 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...
Fiction River #30: Hard Choices, ed. Dean Wesley Smith
Saturday, 12 January 2019
Fiction River #30: Hard Choices   Edited by Dean Wesley Smith   (WMG Publishing, December 28, 2018, pb, 328 pp.)   "Equal Justice" by... Read more...
Strange Horizons -- January 14, 2019
Wednesday, 16 January 2019
Strange Horizons, January 14, 2019 “We Are Here To Be Held” by Eugenia Triantafyllou Read more...
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #269, January 17, 2019
Friday, 18 January 2019
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #269, January 17, 2019 “The Deepest Notes of the Harp and Drum” by Marissa Lingen “La Orpheline” by Jordan Taylor Read more...
Clarkesworld #148, January 2019
Friday, 18 January 2019
Clarkesworld #148, January 2019 “Eater of Worlds” by Jamie Wahls “One's Burden, Again” by Natalia Theodoridou “Fire in the Bone” by Ray... Read more...
Galaxy's Edge #36, January/February 2016
Tuesday, 15 January 2019
Galaxy’s Edge #36, January/February 2019 “The Wordless Age” by Elly Bangs “True Love, False Memories” by Austin DeMarco “A Song for... Read more...
Deep Magic #63, Winter 2018
Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Deep Magic #63, Winter 2018 "The Lady of Pain" by Steve DuBois "Too Many Historians on the Western Front" by Paul R. Hardy "Nix and Jack" by Maria J.... Read more...
Tor.com -- November 2018
Friday, 30 November 2018
Tor.com, November 2018 “The Word of Flesh and Soul” by Ruthanna Emrys 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...
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...