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Bewildering Stories’
Fourth Quarterly Review, 2012

The Editors’ Choices: issues 496-507

“The place to be at Bewildering Stories

Everything in green is a link.
Pages other than those of the QR open in a new window, so you won’t lose your place.

Bewildering Stories ends the season — fall or spring, depending on your hemisphere — with the Review Editors’ selection of favorites from the fourth quarter of 2012. 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 answer a practical question: “If a friend asked you to recommend something from the past quarter of Bewildering Stories, what would you choose?” These are our recommendations.

The Quarterly Reviews are not a contest, competition or poll. The Review Editors vote according to their estimate of each work’s success on its own terms. And there are no quotas: anything — from everything to nothing — in any genre may qualify.

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

The Quarterly News

In the past 12 weeks, the Review Editors cast 926 votes on 96 titles, 55 of which have qualified as Editors’ Choices. We congratulate the authors represented here. Their works have well earned the honor. We hope they will inspire all our contributors.

We think our Review Editors reflect the range of opinion to be found among our readers. The Order of the Hot Potato is as lively as ever with 16 titles.

The Order of Merit is continued for reader interest and as a special acknowledgment to our contributors. It links to the most highly rated works in genres represented by more than one title in this Quarterly Review.

Next week we’ll bring you the Mariner Awards: the 2012 Annual Review. Regular publication resumes with issue 508 on January 7, 2013.

Reminder: everything in green is a link.
The following table also serves as a linked index to all the genres and sections in the Review.

Titles selected of titles eligible   Special listings
Short Stories
Flash Fiction

3 of 3
28 of 50
3 of 10
Short Poetry
Essays & Memoirs
15 of 22
5 of 9
1 of 1
0 of 1
The Quarter’s Best Issues
The Order of the Hot Potato
The Quarter’s Most Bewildering Issues
The Order of Merit
Serials Bill Bowler, Psychotropic Attack
Bertil Falk, The Saga of the Stolen Wooden God
Jacob Peppers, A Rune Scribe’s Past


Selections are listed in alphabetical order by author; multiple titles, in chronological order. Titles in The Reading Room are listed on our Reviews page; interviews, in our Interviews index. The Art Gallery is not included.

Bill Bowler, The Strugatsky Brothers
Don Webb, Globalspeak and Realism
Challenges Challenge Responses
Indirect Goals
Off the Road
On a Halifax Pier
All In at the Turn
Ticking Off the Clock
Same Time, Some Place
Who Is This Latter-Day Lady Godiva?
What Are the “Moaners”?

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Available at Bewildering Press

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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

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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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