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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...
Candy Matson -- "The Egyptian Amulet"
Tuesday, 17 July 2018
Candy Matson (1949-1951) aired "The Egyptian Amulet" on September 12, 1950 as the 62nd of its estimated 93 shows (some accounts give 92 as 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 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...
Black Static #64, July/August 2018
Monday, 13 August 2018
Black Static #64, July/August 2018 "Something to Burn" by Phoenix Alexander "Out of the Blue" by Sean Padraic Birnie "Asylum" by Tim Cooke "The... Read more...
On Spec #108, July 2018
Monday, 20 August 2018
On Spec #108, July 2018 “Medicus” by Robin S. Carson "Tamarack and the Stone" by Timothy Reynolds "When You Invite a Maenad to Dinner" by Allison... Read more...
Compelling SF #11, Summer 2018
Tuesday, 05 June 2018
Compelling SF #11, Summer 2018 "Top of Show" by James Rowland "Targeted Behavior" by J.D. Moyer "Redaction" by Adam R. Shannon "Cold Draft" by John... Read more...
Solarpunk: Ecological and Fantastical Stories in a Sustainable World, ed. by Gerson Lodi-Ribeiro
Wednesday, 08 August 2018
Special Double Review by Jason McGregor & Chuck Rothman     Solarpunk: Ecological and Fantastical Stories in a Sustainable World ... Read more...
Strange Horizons -- August 13, 2018
Wednesday, 15 August 2018
Strange Horizons, August 13, 2018 “Orphan Tsunami Heathens” by Tiera Greene Read more...
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #258, August 16, 2018
Monday, 20 August 2018
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #258, August 16, 2018 "The Wyvern Rider and Those of the Land" by Jeremy A. TeGrotenhuis "Shattered Hand" by Marc Criley Read more...
Aurealis #113, August 2018
Monday, 20 August 2018
Aurealis #113, August 2018 “Hair and Teeth” by Deborah Sheldon “Wormholes and the Woman with the Fake Tan” by Brad McNaughton “Bits” by... Read more...
InterGalactic Medicine Show #63, June/July 2018
Friday, 20 July 2018
InterGalactic Medicine Show #63, June/July 2018 “Burnover” by K. D. Julicher “My Father's Life, Furnished in Stars” Maxwell Peterson "A World... Read more...
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly #37, August 2018
Monday, 20 August 2018
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly #37, August 2018 “The Paladin of Golota” by Djeli Clark “The Forest of Bones” by Christopher Chupik “The Blitz of... Read more...
Tor.com -- July 2018
Thursday, 26 July 2018
Tor.com, July 2018 “The Nearest” by Greg Egan “The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections” by Tina Connolly 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...