We’re approaching awards season, which means that there will be more and more Recommended Reading lists out there for novels, anthologies, collections, genre non-fiction, and much more. But for my money, the most useful list in the genre is the annual Tangent Online Recommended Reading List.
What’s makes Tangent‘s list so special? For one thing, it’s massive — 19 reviewers contributed to it, combing dozens and dozens of magazines and original anthologies to produce a comprehensive list of the top short stories, novelettes, and novellas of the year. And Tangent‘s editor, the tireless Dave Truesdale, has organized the list into one, two, and three star selections, and copiously illustrated the list with magazine and book covers — with live links to publishing websites. It’s a really terrific resource for anyone interested in learning what’s going on in short fiction markets, and I guarantee you’ll make some new discoveries. I cover over 40 magazines every month for Black Gate, and I still managed to find a few new ones. Thanks Tangent!
Here’s a handy set of links to all of their recent lists, including this year’s:
Tangent Online 2016 Recommended Reading List
Tangent Online 2015 Recommended Reading List
Tangent Online 2014 Recommended Reading List
Tangent Online 2013 Recommended Reading List
Tangent Online 2012 Recommended Reading List
Tangent Online 2011 Recommended Reading List
Tangent Online 2010 Recommended Reading List