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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...
The Black Museum -- "The Mandolin String"
Saturday, 14 December 2019
"The Black Museum. A Repository of Death. Here in the grim stone structure on the Thames which houses Scotland Yard is a warehouse of homicide, where... 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...
Monthly print magazine notice
Tuesday, 04 June 2019
Since Dec. 2016 there have been no professional monthly SF/F genre print magazines.
Interzone #284, November/December 2019
Thursday, 21 November 2019
Interzone #284, November/December 2019 "The Kindest God is Light" by Joanna Berry "She and I and We" by Tomothy Mudie "Dent-de-Lion " by Natalia... Read more...
Weirdbook #41, August 2019
Thursday, 12 September 2019
Weirdbook #41, August 2019 "Tonight I Wear My Crimson Face" by Adrian Cole "The House of the Witches" by Darrell Schweitzer "The Bones" by Erica... Read more...
Unfit, Volume 4, Fall 2019
Friday, 15 November 2019
Unfit Volume 4, Fall 2019 "The Hitter" by Emily Devenport "Eternal Boiler" by Taiyo Fujii "The Algorithms for Love" by Ken Liu (reprint, not... Read more...
Fiction River #32: Superstitious, ed. Mark Leslie
Thursday, 28 November 2019
Fiction River #32: Superstitious   Edited by Mark Leslie   (WMG Publishing, October 2019, tpb, 311 pp.)   “Thirteen” by Mark... Read more...
Strange Horizons -- December 9, 2019
Wednesday, 11 December 2019
Strange Horizons, December 9, 2019 "Into the Eye" by SL Harris Read more...
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #292, December 5, 2019
Tuesday, 10 December 2019
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #292, December 5, 2019 “Nameless in the Winged Court” by Rowenna Miller “The Petals of the Godflower” by Kyle Kirrin Read more...
Flash Fiction Online #75, December 2019
Saturday, 07 December 2019
Flash Fiction Online #75, December 2019 “Till Death” by Karen Heslop (not genre, not reviewed) “The Thing About Heisenball” by Stewart C.... Read more...
Galaxy's Edge #41, November/December 2019
Thursday, 21 November 2019
Galaxy’s Edge #41, November/December 2019 “Sky and the Wheelchair” by Nick DiChario “Martian Maintenance” by Eric S. Fomley “Someone to... Read more...
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly #42, November 2019
Wednesday, 06 November 2019
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly #42, November 2019 "A Night in the Library" by Robert Zoltan "Echo of the Siren" by Richard Zwicker "We Who Are About to... Read more...
Tor.com -- November 2019
Wednesday, 04 December 2019
Tor.com, November 2019   “In Xanadu” by Lavie Tidhar “The Touches” by Brenda Peynado “Precious Little Things” by Adrian Tchaikovsky Read more...
Tangent Photo Gallery #11
Sunday, 25 August 2019
Photos from Libertycon 32 Chattanooga, TN, June 28-30, 2019   Guest of Honor: Sarah A. Hoyt   Artist Guest of Honor: Mitch Foust  ... 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...