Third Quarterly Review, 2014
Year 13 of Bewildering Stories
The Editors’ Choices: issues 578-589
The Quarterly and Annual Reviews are like lighthouses on the chaotic sea of the Internet.
They signal not danger but “Good landfall” and “Safe harbor.” Welcome ashore!
Everything in green is a link.
Bewildering Stories ends the season — summer or winter, depending on your hemisphere — with the Review Editors’ selection of favorites from the Third 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, Heather J. Frederick, Gary Inbinder, Marina J. Neary, Carmen Ruggero, 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 12 weeks, the Review Editors cast 626 votes on 76 titles, 32 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 is shorter but hotter than ever, with nine 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.
We will resume regular publication with issue 590 on September 29, 2014.
|Titles selected of titles eligible|
1 of 1
11 of 36
8 of 9
Essays & Memoirs
7 of 19|
3 of 9
1 of 1
1 of 1
- All selections are listed in alphabetical order by author unless noted otherwise.
- Serialized works are eligible only in the quarter in which they conclude.
- Multiple titles are listed in chronological order.
- Italicized titles indicate collections or the presence of chapter, episode or poem subtitles.
NovellasTantra Bensko, Equinox Mirror
Short StoriesR. C. Capasso, In the Economy of Life
Jessica Down, You™
Leah Erickson, House of Clouds
Bertil Falk, A Total Rejection
Mike Florian, An Illicit Incident at the Imperial
Heather J. Frederick, The Scientist’s Garden
Channie Greenberg, Unlike Her Children
Abha Iyengar, The Man with Heart
Thomas E. Lange, A Vicar’s Baptism
Henry F. Tonn, The Turtle and Juan Sanchez
Ron Van Sweringen, The Last Empty Seat
Flash FictionMichael D. Brooks, Slow-Speed Follow
Charles C. Cole
DramaCharles C. Cole, The Platonic Friends Society
PoetryZane Blom, Armand and Katherine
Boris Kokotov, A Model of Bliss
Thomas R., Afterwards
Alyssa D. Ross, View from a Height
John Stocks Vacant Lot
Short PoetryOonah V. Joslin, Maybe the Brave
Alyssa D. Ross, The Gucci Glass Slipper
John Stocks, St. Catherine’s Day
Essays and MemoirsCharles C. Cole, Alien Abduction Abduction
Special FeatureNatan Dubovitsky, Without Sky
Discussions & Challenge Responses
Wherever There’s Money... : Gary Inbinder
The Abductee Returns : Tantra Bensko
Generation Ships vs. Space Habitats : Norman Sillito
The Society of Generation Ships : Mark Koerner
Space Colonies: the Dark Side
Natan Dubovitsky’s “Without Sky” : Bill Bowler
ChallengesLife on Jupiter
Time, and Again
Accidents in Common
Who’s Got the Circlet?
An End to a Means
And Some Drops to Drink
The Order of the Hot Potato
Here are the most controversial works of the quarter, the ones on which the Review Editors’ opinions diverged significantly for one reason or another. The titles are listed in descending order with the most controversial first. Five of the titles appear among the Editors’ Choices. Challenge to the readers: why might these nine titles be on the list?
The Order of Merit
Here are links to the top winners, the most highly rated works in each genre represented by more than one title in this Quarterly Review. The categories are listed according to their normal order in the Readers’ Guide. Ties are listed in chronological order.
In keeping with Bewildering Stories’ astronomical motif, the winners are indicated by the names of space telescopes. The most highly rated title in the quarter is indicated by the name of an arm of the Galaxy.
The Orion Arm
Available at Bewildering Press
Jack Alcott, Grim Legion
Sam Ivey, Gilboy’s Quest
Martin Kerharo, The Dohani War
Harry Lang, The Mountains of the Eldritch Sea
Slawomir Rapala, Aezubah, the Crimson General
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
Danielle L. Parker, In a Pig’s Eye
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