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Bewildering Stories’
Second Quarterly Review, 2015

Year 13 of Bewildering Stories

The Editors’ Choices: issues 613-624

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.
Links other than anchors in the QR open in a new window, so you won’t lose your place.

Bewildering Stories ends the season — spring or fall, depending on your hemisphere — with the Review Editors’ selection of favorites from the Second 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 Edward Ahern, Bill Bowler, Charles C. Cole, Bertil Falk, 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 12 weeks, the Review Editors cast 692 votes on 85 titles, 34 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 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.

We resume regular publication with issue 625 on June 29, 2015.

Titles selected of titles eligible
Short Stories
Flash Fiction
0 of 1

1 of 1
11 of 37
5 of 11
Short Poetry
Essays & Memoirs
4 of 11
7 of 17
3 of 3
3 of 4


Eleanor Lerman,

Short Stories

Dana Beehr, Ambry Silverstrings and the Soldiers
Gary Clifton, Circles in the Sand
Robert Earle, Symposium
Jason A. Feingold, Grad Student Detective
Mike Florian, The Treasure of the Tide Rips
Susie Hawes, Just to Talk
Andrey Kuzmichev, Duty Free
Maurice Roger, Quinn in Crisis
James Shaffer, Standing Liberty
Ron Van Sweringen, Platinum Blonde
Martin Westlake, Something Missing

Flash Fiction

Charles C. Cole Marc A. Donis, The Game of Life
Gerald Warfield, The Cairn of House Aescritor


Bertrand Cayzac, First Martian Eclogue
Oonah V. Joslin, Robert O’Connor, The Snow Leopard
Carmen Ruggero, Living the Fantasy

Short Poetry

Mike Acker, Pomegranate Guts
Lana Bella, A Knitted Day
Stephen Ellams, Valentine for Lorenza
Oonah V. Joslin, The Long Wave
James R. Rudolph Don Webb, The Glass Jar Present


Charles C. Cole

Essays and Memoirs

Edward Ahern, An Immodest Proposal
Ásgrímur Hartmannsson, A Walk Around Town
Henry F. Tonn, A Prison Psychologist


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


What the Long Name Says
Argues With Self
What Time Will It Have Been?
Exit Stage Fast
Sweet Tales of Terror


“Monster Divine” Stories
Technology for a New Age
What the H...?!
War Death Poems

Extended Discussions

What Is the Hidden World? And Why Can’t We See It?
Seeing the Hidden World
Messages From the Hidden World
Space Aliens From the Hidden World

PEN, Charlie and the Writers’ World, part 1; part 2
Should Charlie Be Polite?
Charlie, Conclusion

The Glass Jar Present part 1; part 2

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. Seven of the titles appear among the Editors’ Choices. Challenge to the readers: why might any of these titles be on the list? Discussions are welcome!

  1. John W. Steele, The Chronicle of Belthaeous
  2. Bertrand Cayzac, First Martian Eclogue
  3. Jason A. Feingold, Grad Student Detective
  4. Ron Van Sweringen, Yesterday’s Roses
  5. Henry F. Tonn, A Prison Psychologist
  6. Oonah V. Joslin, The Long Wave
  7. James R. Rudolph, Time Runs Out
  8. Mike Acker, Cycles
  9. Mike Acker, Nature's Program: Fine Dining
  10. Mike Acker, Pomegranate Guts
  11. Eleanor Lerman, What If There Is a Hidden World...?
  12. Nancy Lane, Three Marvins in a Diorama

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. Ties are indicated by multiple names. 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 Perseus 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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