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First Quarterly Review, 2015

Year 13 of Bewildering Stories

The Editors’ Choices: issues 602-612

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They signal not danger but “Good landfall” and “Safe harbor.” Welcome ashore!

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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 2015. 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, Jo Wharton Heath, 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 qualify 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 622 votes on 71 titles, 41 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 as hot as ever, with 13 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 resume regular publication with issue 613 on March 30, 2015.

Titles selected of titles eligible
Short Stories
Flash Fiction

1 of 1
1 of 1
14 of 24
7 of 11
Short Poetry
Essays & Memoirs
8 of 13
5 of 15
1 of 1
4 of 5


Glenn Gray, A Day in the Cornfield


Kochava Greene, Incident at St. Laurita’s

Short Stories

Cyn Bermudez, The Garden Street Apartments
Myles Buchanan, The Toymaker
Marie Chapman, The Horses of Marly
Jedd Cole, Quantified Man
Mike Florian, The Man in the Fedora
Keith Frady, The Dragon Said to the Knight
Jill Hand, The Trouble With Tulpas
Oonah V. Joslin, The Last Days of Coloc
Anthony Lukas, Inspector Klay and the Nico
Joe Pitkin, The Lamp of the Body
Bill Prindle, Cogito, ergo Sim sum
William B. Squirrell, Henry F. Tonn, Zelda's Last Letter
Bob Welbaum, The Joy in Forgotten Objects

Flash Fiction

Charles C. Cole Saor Hawk, The Program
Kelly Weber, Junie B. May Meets a Dragon
Pavelle Wesser, Ice and Otherwise


Lana Bella, A Night in Harlem
Stephen Ellams, The Limitations of Love
Mark Jones, Ann Keith, With Rite and Rune
Michael Murry Robert Shmigelsky, Tom Wylie, Grey Fedora

Short Poetry

Mike Acker, At Sunset
Oonah V. Joslin, Fenestration
Jack Phillips Lowe, Where This Was Going
Michael Murry, Sacred Surgical Strikes
Don Webb, The Absurd of the Theatre


Charles C. Cole, Everybody Wins

Essays and Memoirs

Boghos L. Artinian & Don Webb, Stephen Ellams, At St. James Church
Mike Florian, Fritz
Andrew Sacks, Chess Masters: Fact and Fiction


Selections are listed in chronological order.
Reviews and Interviews are indexed separately.

Editorials, Discussions, Challenge Responses

Are We Charlie?
Free Speech for Some?
Blurry Lines
The Affaire Charlie
A Thin Veil of Innocence
Leonard Nimoy and Terry Pratchett


Fuzzy Purple Nanas
Sequence of Events
Pick Your Pestilence
Memories of Favorite Flavors

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. Eleven of the titles appear among the Editors’ Choices. Challenge to the readers: why might any of these titles be on the list?

  1. Michael Murry, A Diurnal Dlalectic
  2. Michael Murry, Sacred Surgical Strikes
  3. Stephen Ellams, At St. James Church
  4. Boghos L. Artinian & Don Webb,
      Morphic Resonance
  5. Michael Murry, Unfair and Unbalanced
  6. Myles Buchanan, The Toymaker
  7. Marie Chapman, The Horses of Marly
  8. Keith Frady, The Dragon Said to the Knight
  9. Kelly Weber, Junie B. May Meets a Dragon
  10. Mike Florian, The Man in the Fedora
  11. Robert Shmigelsky,
      The Evolution of a Temporal Knight
  12. Kenneth W. Simpson, Pay Attention
  13. Joe Pitkin, The Lamp of the Body

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.

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.

Short Stories
Flash Fiction
Short Poetry
Essays & Memoirs

The Sagittarius Arm

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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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