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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...
Suspense -- "The Screaming Woman" by Ray Bradbury
Friday, 12 October 2018
Suspense (1942-1962) aired Ray Bradbury's "The Screaming Woman" on November 25, 1948 as the 316th of its 945 episodes. Written as a radio play... 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...
Fantasy & Science Fiction, November/December 2018
Thursday, 11 October 2018
Fantasy & Science Fiction, November/December 2018 “Thanksgiving” by Jeffrey Ford “Lady of Butterflies” by Y. M. Pang “Extreme” by... Read more...
Weirdbook #40, August 2018
Thursday, 04 October 2018
Weirdbook #40, August 2018 "Iconoclasm" by Adrian Cole "Have a Crappy Halloween" by Franklyn Searight "The Dollhouse" by Glynn Owen Barrass "Early... 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...
"The Inconvenient God" by Francesca Forrest
Thursday, 04 October 2018
The Inconvenient God by Francesca Forrest   (Annorlunda Books, Paperback available October 10, 2018, 46 pp.)   Read more...
Strange Horizons -- October 8, 2018
Monday, 08 October 2018
Strange Horizons, October 8, 2018 "Asphalt, River, Mother, Child" by Isabel Yap Read more...
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #260, September 13, 2018
Tuesday, 18 September 2018
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #260, September 13, 2018 “Ancestor Night” by Nina Kiriki Hoffman “It’s Easy To Shoot A Dog” by Maria Haskins Read more...
Apex Magazine #113, October 2018
Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Apex #113, October 2018 “Bargains by the Slant-Light” by Cassandra Khaw “The Standard of Ur” by Hassan Abdulrazzak “With Lips Sewn Shut”... Read more...
Galaxy's Edge #34, September/October 2018
Saturday, 08 September 2018
Galaxy's Edge #34, September/October 2018 "In Which Liz Builds a Robot with Unexpected Results" by Grayson Bray Morris "Employee Theft is an Ongoing... Read more...
Grimdark #17, October 2018
Friday, 12 October 2018
Grimdark #17, October 2018 “A Risk of Malice” by Devin Madson “Child of the Emptyness” by Amanda J. Spedding “A Place of Peace and Joy and... Read more...
Tor.com -- September 2018
Wednesday, 03 October 2018
Tor.com, September 2018 “Triquetra” by Kirstyn McDermott “Nine Last Days on Planet Earth” by Daryl Gregory 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...