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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...
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar -- "The Midnight Sun Matter"
Wednesday, 26 June 2019
[Editor's note: Since Tangent Online will be in the middle of a new look changeover occurring sometime this week, with the slight possibility it will... 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.
Asimov's -- July/August 2019
Saturday, 22 June 2019
Asimovs Science Fiction, July/August 2019 “The Work of Wolves” by Tegan Moore “The Universe Within the Universe” by Dominica Phetteplace... Read more...
DreamForge #2, June 2019
Sunday, 09 June 2019
DreamForge #2, June 2019 "Home" by Alyssa Eckles "Sid" by Andrew Jensen "Loitering with Mathematical Intent" by Marie Vibbert "Tea With Gibbons" by... Read more...
Compelling SF #13 -- Summer 2019
Wednesday, 05 June 2019
Compelling Science Fiction #13, Summer 2019 “Steps in the Other Room” by LA Staley “Sasha Red” by Tyler A. Young “Bodybit” by Mark... Read more...
The Year's Best Military & Adventure SF: Volume 5, ed. by David Afsharirad
Sunday, 16 June 2019
The Year's Best Military & Adventure SF: Volume 5   edited by   David Afsharirad   (Baen, June 2019, tpb, 336 pp.)   "Love... Read more...
Strange Horizons -- June 17, 2019
Thursday, 20 June 2019
Strange Horizons, June 17, 2019 “Many-Hearted Dog and the Heron Who Stepped Past Time” by Alex Yuschik Read more...
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #279, June 6, 2019
Sunday, 16 June 2019
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #279, June 6, 2019 “Revival” by Lisa M. Bradley “Silver Springs” by T.R. North Read more...
Diabolical Plots #52, June 2019
Monday, 24 June 2019
Diabolical Plots #52, June 2019 “The Ceiling of the World” by Nicole Crucial “Bootleg Jesus” by Tonya Liburd 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 #65, Summer 2019
Monday, 17 June 2019
Deep Magic #65, Summer 2019 "His Lady's Favor" by K.D. Julicher "Expectation of Privacy" by L.B. Spillers "The Greatest Knife Wielder" by Django... Read more...
Tor.com -- May 2019
Thursday, 30 May 2019
Tor.com, May 2019 “Murder in the Spook House” by Michael Swanwick “Long is the Way” by Carrie Vaughn and Sage Walker 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...