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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...
Dark Venture -- "The Only Inhabitant"
Wednesday, 17 April 2019
"Over the minds of mortal men come many shadows. . . Shadows of greed and hate, jealousy and fear. Darkness is the absence of Light . . . So in the... 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 Robert A. Heinlein Interview
Wednesday, 27 February 2019
Tangent Online Presents:   An Interview with Robert A. Heinlein (July 7, 1907 — May 8, 1988) (Robert Heinlein photo by Dave Truesdale, April... 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...
Black Static #68, March/April 2019
Wednesday, 13 March 2019
Black Static #68, March/April 2019 "Unchain the Beast" by Stephen Volk "In a Dry Season" by David Martin "Totenhaus" by Amanda J. Bermudez "Roiling... Read more...
Cirsova #11, Spring 2019
Monday, 25 March 2019
Cirsova #11, Spring 2019 "Young Tarzan and the Mysterious She" by Edgar Rice Burroughs and Michael Tierney "Atop the Cleft of Ral-Gri" by Jeff Stoner... 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...
Going Native & Other Stories by J. Manfred Weichsel
Saturday, 20 April 2019
Going Native & Other Stories   by J. Manfred Weichsel   (DimensionBucket Media, March 2019, pb, 105 pp.)   "Going Native" "The... Read more...
Strange Horizons -- April 15, 2019
Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Strange Horizons, April 15, 2019 “Water Through Our Hands” by Ross Showalter Read more...
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #275, April 11, 2019
Monday, 15 April 2019
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #275, April 11, 2019 “The Red Honey Witch” by Jessica Paddock “Boiled Bones and Black Eggs” by Nghi Vo Read more...
Diabolical Plots #50, April 2019
Friday, 19 April 2019
Diabolical Plots #50, April 2019 "Why Aren’t Millennials Continuing Traditional Worship of the Elder Dark?" by Matt Dovey "One Part Per Billion" by... Read more...
Galaxy's Edge #37, March/April 2019
Friday, 08 March 2019
Galaxy’s Edge #37, March/April 2019 “Plop Plop” by Larry Hodges “A Fragment For Father” by Floris M. Kleijne “Aftershock” by Brian... 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 -- March 2019
Saturday, 30 March 2019
Tor.com, March 2019 “Knowledgeable Creatures” by Christopher Rowe “How to Move Spheres and Influence People” by Marko Kloos 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...