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Bewildering Stories’
First Quarterly Review, 2010

The Editors’ Choices: issues 366-376

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Bewildering Stories continues Year 8 with the Review Editors’ selection of favorites from the First Quarter of 2010. New readers will have easy access to the recent best of Bewildering Stories, and veteran readers will have a chance to catch up on anything they may have missed.

The Quarterly Reviews are Bewildering Stories’ honor roll. While they’re not a contest or competition in the strict sense of the term, we’ll match them against any contest in terms of fairness: in the past 11 weeks, the Review Editors cast 762 votes on 113 titles. And there are no quotas: everything or nothing in any genre may qualify for a Quarterly Review. The Review Editors vote according to their estimate of each work’s success on its own terms.

As always, the Review Board’s discussions have been extensive and lively. A big Thank You to Bill Bowler, Bertil Falk, Gary Inbinder, Harry Lang, Michael E. Lloyd, Marina J. Neary, Carmen Ruggero and Lewayne L. White.

We also express special gratitude to our Coordinating Editor Bill Bowler and the Associate Editors. Their insightful and detailed critiques of submissions help us set what we like to think is an Internet standard for editorial practice and for service to our contributors and readers.

Finally and foremost we congratulate the authors represented here. They and their works have well earned the honor. We hope they will inspire all our contributors.

Regular publication resumes with issue 377 on March 29, 2010.

How discriminating is the Quarterly Review? The figures tell an interesting story. The first quarter of 2010 was remarkably consistent in quality and ranks among our very best. While flash fiction retains its reputation as one of the most difficult of genres, the rest of the prose fiction and the non-fiction matches or exceeds the pace of previous QR’s. But we are in a Golden Age of poetry: more than 70% qualified overall.

The following tables also serve as a linked index to all the genres and sections in the Review.

Titles selected of Titles published
Short Stories
Flash Fiction
none eligible
1 of 1
2 of 2
28 of 47
5 of 23
Short Poetry
11 of 19
15 of 18
0 of 1
2 of 2

Special listings
The Quarter’s Best Issues
The Order of the Hot Potato
The Quarter’s Most Bewildering Issues
Novella Bertrand Cayzac, Floozman: Fred Looseman’s Misadventure
Serials Colin Lee Heintze, In the Valley of Hermits
Harry Lang, Beneath the Ice
Memoirs Bertil Falk, In the Midst of Hell
V. Ulea, Sea Pilot on the Smokestack


News 100 Stories for Haiti
Interview Bewildering Stories interviews Rebecca Lu Kiernan
Discussions and Letters
Challenges Challenge Responses
Life Is “But” a Dream?
Feed Birds Cleverly
Watch Where You’re Rowing
Accidental Design
Eat First, Ask Questions Later
Down the Streets of Broken Dreams
Hang on to Your Feet
Tantra Bensko, On Experimental Writing
Stefan Brenner, “Zombieworld
Arnold Hollander, Challenge 371 Response
Oonah V. Joslin, “Flight of Starlings
Carmen Ruggero, Poetry in 375

Bewildering Press
Jack Alcott, Grim Legion
Sam Ivey, Gilboy’s Quest
Martin Kerharo, The Dohani War
Harry Lang, The Mountains of the Eldritch Sea
Danielle L. Parker, In a Pig’s Eye
Slawomir Rapala, Aezubah, the Crimson General
Bertrand Cayzac, Floozman in Space
Michael E. Lloyd, Donna’s Men
Michael E. Lloyd, Missing Emilie
Michael E. Lloyd, Observation One
Michael E. Lloyd, Observation Two
Michael E. Lloyd, Observation Three

Bewildering Press

Grim Legion   Gilboy's Quest   The Dohani War   Mountains of the Eldritch Sea

Donna's Men Missing Emilie   Observation One   Observation Two   Observation Three

In a Pig's Eye   The Crimson General   Floozman in Space   Floozman dans l'espace

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