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Bewildering Stories’
Third Quarterly Review, 2010

The Editors’ Choices: issues 389-401

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Bewildering Stories ends the first part of Year 9 with the Review Editors’ selection of favorites from the third 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. 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 402 on October 4, 2010.

The Quarterly News

In the past 13 weeks, the Review Editors cast 734 votes on 98 titles. More than one-third of the titles eligible have qualified as Editors’ Choices. In Short Stories, especially, the selection was gratifyingly difficult: the genre as a whole has been exceptionally solid this past season. The Departments — especially The Critics’ Corner and Challenge Responses — have been very active and thought-provoking.

Proportionally, Short Poetry has also done very well. And both of the two Memoirs — always a challenging genre in which to write — got a round of applause from the Review Board.


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 2
13 of 41
7 of 26
Short Poetry
5 of 15
5 of 8
1 of 2
2 of 2

Special listings
The Quarter’s Best Issues
The Order of the Hot Potato
The Quarter’s Most Bewildering Issues
Novellas Bob Brill, Rod, Rex and Rhoda
Serials Bill Bowler, Charlenes 2 and 3
Essays Brian Trent, Circles
Memoirs Arthur M. Mackeown, On the House
Henry F. Tonn, Dating Over Forty


All selections are listed in chronological order.
If the link’s pop-up title says “with...” the article is a discussion.

The Critics’ Corner, Discussions, Letters

Challenges Challenge Responses
Fate Rolls Loaded Dice
Rap Around the Clock
Wandering Into the Line of Fire
Coming Unstuck
Wild Pitch
Out of the Deeps
Challenge 388: “The Embrace of the Four-Armed Houri
Challenge 393: The Intentional Fallacy
Challenge 394: Challenge 395: “Circles
Challenge 397: “The Lady Teacher Without a Name

Available at Bewildering Press

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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