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.
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|
0 of 1
1 of 1
11 of 37
5 of 11
Essays & Memoirs
4 of 11|
7 of 17
3 of 3
3 of 4
- 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.
Short StoriesDana 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 FictionCharles C. Cole The Game of Life
Gerald Warfield, The Cairn of House Aescritor
PoetryBertrand Cayzac, First Martian Eclogue
Oonah V. Joslin, The Snow Leopard
Carmen Ruggero, Living the Fantasy
Short PoetryMike Acker, Pomegranate Guts
Lana Bella, A Knitted Day
Stephen Ellams, Valentine for Lorenza
Oonah V. Joslin, The Long Wave
James R. Rudolph The Glass Jar Present
DramaCharles C. Cole
Essays and MemoirsEdward Ahern, An Immodest Proposal
Ásgrímur Hartmannsson, A Walk Around Town
Henry F. Tonn, A Prison Psychologist
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!
The Order of Merit