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Bewildering Stories’
Fourth Quarterly Review, 2010

The Editors’ Choices: issues 402-412

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Bewildering Stories ends the year with the Review Editors’ selection of favorites from the fourth 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.

The Quarterly News

In the past 11 weeks, the Review Editors cast 662 votes on 85 titles. Some 44 titles have qualified as Editors’ Choices. In Short Stories and Poetry, especially, the selections have been gratifyingly difficult; both genres have been distinguished by solid works this past season.

The Third Quarter was a hard act to follow; it was two weeks longer and was very strong in many areas, including the Departments. Nonetheless, this Fourth Quarter will be exceptionally well represented in the Annual Review; almost one-fifth of the titles qualify for it.

The 2010 Annual Review, coming next week, has a new mission and format. It revives the old Merit award as the “Mariner Awards”; its mascot is Mariner 2, one of the first successful interplanetary missions. The Annual Review will appear on a single page and will list by genres the 65 selections — out of a total of 412 titles published in the calendar year — that the Editors have rated as “very good” or “excellent.”

Regular publication resumes with issue 413 on January 3, 2011.

Reminder: everything in green is a link.
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
1 of 1
2 of 2
1 of 1
24 of 47
Flash Fiction
Short Poetry
2 of 9
11 of 18
3 of 7

Special listings
The Quarter’s Best Issues
The Order of the Hot Potato
The Quarter’s Most Bewildering Issues
Novel Michael E. Lloyd, Donna’s Men
Novellas Kir Bulychëv, Half a Life
Oonah V. Joslin, A Genie in a Jam
Drama Marina J. Neary, Hugo in London


All selections are listed in chronological order.
The Art Gallery and Reading Room are excepted from the Quarterly Reviews.

The Critics’ Corner, Discussions, Letters

Carmen Ruggero & Don Webb, Call Your Apple, Raise You a Pineapple
Stefan Brenner, In Search of Lost Truth: Donna’s Men
Oonah V. Joslin & Don Webb, Is DJ a Superhero?
Richard Ong, Backyard Astronomy
Bewildering Stories discusses Time Travel
Challenges Challenge Responses
Count Past Twenty, Hold Your Fire
The Future Ridiculous Tense
This Page Does Too Exist
Five Degrees of Integration
Chocolate Eggs and Ham
Notice This
Stefan Brenner on “To the Meadow’s Edge

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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