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Bewildering Stories’
First Quarterly Review, 2011

The Editors’ Choices: issues 413-423

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Everything in green is a link.
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Bewildering Stories ends the winter or summer season with the Review Editors’ selection of favorites from the first quarter of 2011. 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.

Two notes about progress in the first quarter:

The Quarterly News

In the past 11 weeks, the Review Editors cast 661 votes on 86 titles, 45 of which have qualified as Editors’ Choices. Almost all the genres have been strong this past season.

The Order of the Hot Potato is longer than in many previous quarters, not because there has been more difference of opinion than before but because your Managing Editor feels a more complete list will be more interesting. Only about one-third of the titles are true Hot Potatoes, and one-third are also Editors’ Choices.

The Order of Merit is revived for reader interest. It is somewhat interactive: it lists the genres represented in this Quarterly Review and links to the most highly rated work in each genre. Several others not listed are nonetheless odds-on favorites to qualify for the 2011 Mariner Awards.

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 424 on March 28, 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
Flash Fiction
0 of 1
1 of 4
18 of 36
8 of 13
Short Poetry
7 of 14
6 of 12
3 of 3
2 of 3

Special listings
The Quarter’s Best Issues
The Order of the Hot Potato
The Quarter’s Most Bewildering Issues
The Order of Merit
Serials Harry Lang, The University of Dreams and Knowledge
Essays Bertil Falk, Time Paradoxes...
Marina J. Neary, Hugh O’Neill
Richard Ong, Dangerous Ballet
Memoirs Bertil Falk, Memory Slip
Henry F. Tonn, An Afternoon at Buchenwald


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

The Critics’ Corner, Discussions, Letters

Time Travel
Unorthodox Punctuation
Punctuation, Reading, and Language
Naming Characters
When Poets Meet


Challenges Challenge Responses
Doomed to Repeat It
Stop Watch
Sing a Song of Cookies
The Raider of the Spanish Main
Low-Light Sight
A Bowl of Living Water
Names in “Left Behind”

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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