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My First Tangent

Tangent is a science fiction and fantasy literature review website whose reviewers cover all of the major SFF magazines and do their best to cover most of the minor ones, too. As far as I know, it's the only website that does this. If it's not the only site that does this, it might as well be, because it's the only review site everyone in the SFF writing community knows about. At the end of every year, they put out a recommended reading list - that is, the list of short stories that they think everyone should read.

I'd never been on it before, and had no guess that I'd be on it this year, until I saw people posting congratulations to me on social media.

I assumed the story that got me on the list would be "Dragon's Hand," that story having won a major award and all. But nope, it was "An Unfamiliar Face," which appeared in Galaxy's Edge this past January. The Tangent reading list also includes a 0, 1, 2, and 3 star system, in which most of the stories on the list aren't starred, and those that are starred - or double or triple starred - are the ones where they are basically are saying "No, seriously, you should really read this." My story received two stars. A friend in my writing group also received two stars, so that was fun.

Here's the list if you're interested to see the whole thing:

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