Bewildering Stories

Bewildering Stories’
First Quarterly Review, 2014

The Editors’ Choices: issues 555-565

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Bewildering Stories ends the season — winter or summer, depending on your hemisphere — with the Review Editors’ selection of favorites from the First Quarter of 2014. 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 not a contest, competition or poll. And there are no quotas: anything — from everything to nothing — may qualify in any genre. Rather, they answer a practical question: “If a friend asked you to recommend something special from the past quarter of Bewildering Stories, what would you choose?”

As always, the Review Board’s discussions have been extensive and lively. A big Thank You to Bill Bowler, Charles C. Cole, Bertil Falk, Gary Inbinder, Michael E. Lloyd, Marina J. Neary, Carmen Ruggero, Clarise Samuels, John Stocks and Lewayne L. White.

At Bewildering Stories, no one is the proverbial tree falling unheard in a forest. All contributors know that real people have given their works a thoughtful reading, regardless whether we send regrets or they quaify for the Mariner Awards.

The Review Editors and Associate Editors — our review readers — have functions that are entirely different but equally important. The Review Editors determine how Bewildering Stories shall carry its flag. The Associate Editors enable us to converse with our contributors. They determine what Bewildering Stories shall be.

For that reason 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 11 weeks, the Review Editors cast 658 votes on 75 titles, 33 of which have qualified as Editors’ Choices. We congratulate the authors represented here. 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 remains lively with 12 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.

Regular publication resumes with issue 566 on March 31, 2014.

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
0 of 2
18 of 38
8 of 13
Short Poetry
Essays & Memoirs
4 of 11
0 of 7

3 of 4
The Quarter’s Best Issues
The Order of the Hot Potato
The Quarter’s Most Bewildering Issues
The Order of Merit
& Memoirs
Charles C. Cole Michael O’Farrell, The Imageverse


Selections are listed in chronological order. Titles in The Reading Room are listed on our Reviews page; interviews, in our Interviews index. The Art Gallery and Photo Album are not included.

Challenges & Responses Editorials, Discussions
Inexorable Boots
Cold Comfort
How to Here from There?
“Jason’s Solution”
Road Closed Both Ways
Sit on the Beanbag
Indefinite Infinity
Mining the Imageverse
Prescript or Postscript?
Special-Ops Librarian
Awake Too Soon
Writing and Listening
It Beats As It Sweeps As It Cleans
The 2013 Mariner Awards

Special Department

Clarise Samuels, The Poetry of Paul Celan

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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

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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