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Bewildering Stories’
Second Quarterly Review, 2010

The Editors’ Choices: issues 377-388

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Bewildering Stories ends Year 8 with the Review Editors’ selection of favorites from the second 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 or poll in terms of fairness: in the past 12 weeks, the Review Editors cast 872 votes on 117 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 389 on June 28, 2010.

The Quarterly News

The second quarter of 2010 saw unusual and remarkable activity in the Departments, especially The Critics’ Corner, the Challenge Responses, Discussions, and Letters. The Reading Room has also begun a series of Excerpts, which will continue in the third quarter.

Short Poetry is exceptionally strong: almost 80 percent has been selected. For the first time, if memory serves, Short Poetry has more titles than Poetry in a Quarterly Review. In contrast, Flash Fiction retains its reputation as a very challenging genre: only one-fifth of the titles qualified.

The Review Editors are keenly aware that serialized works represent a big investment in space for Bewildering Stories and a big investment in time for readers. The debates on Novels, Novellas, and Serials were long and insightful. If a serialized work qualifies for the Quarterly Review, the Editors feel it repays the investments in one way or another.

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

Titles selected of titles eligible
Short Stories
Flash Fiction
1 of 2
1 of 1
3 of 3
29 of 46
5 of 25
Short Poetry
10 of 23
11 of 14

2 of 3

Special listings
The Quarter’s Best Issues
The Order of the Hot Potato
The Quarter’s Most Bewildering Issues
Novels Karlos Allen, Rusted Chrome
Novella Bill Bowler, High School Honey
Serials Resha Caner, Dark World
Graham Debenham, Past Imperfect
Danielle L. Parker, Reaper
Memoirs Eric G. Müller, The Horse
Michael Murry, The Hero With a Single Face


All selections are listed in chronological order.

The Critics’ Corner, Discussions, Letters

John Stocks and Don Webb, “Stain of Light
Oonah V. Joslin, “Stain of Light
Karlos Allen and Bill Bowler, Literary Influences in Rusted Chrome
Bill Bowler and Harry Lang, A Perspective from the Past
Aidan Lucid, From Dream to Reality
Jerry Wright, From Reality to Dream
Bewildering Stories, Publishing: a Status Report
Bill Bowler, High School Honey: Confessions of a Conflicted Author
Bertrand Cayzac, Floozman Is Not a Work of Literature
Resha Caner and Don Webb, “Dark World

Challenges Challenge Responses
Bertrand Cayzac and Don Webb, Oonah V. Joslin, “R is for Rocket...
Tantra Bensko, On the Unexplainable
Oonah V. Joslin, Industrial Poems
Tabaré Alvarez, “The Corridor

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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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