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Bewildering Stories’
Third Quarterly Review, 2015

Year 14 of Bewildering Stories

The Editors’ Choices: issues 625-636

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. A few links are standard (blue, underlined). The genres in the “Titles selected” table are anchor or alert links. Links to pages other than the QR open in a new window; you won‘t lose your place.

Bewildering Stories ends the season — summer or winter, depending on your hemisphere — with the Review Editors’ selection of favorites from the third 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 outstanding from the past quarter of Bewildering Stories, what would you choose?”

Richard Ong and starlets
celebrate BwS at FanCon.

As always, the Review Board’s discussions have been extensive and lively. A big Thank You to Edward Ahern, Bill Bowler, Charles C. Cole, 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 and 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 671 votes on 78 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 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 is a kind of “surprise package” that links to the most highly rated works in this Quarterly Review.

We resume regular publication with issue 637 on September 28, 2015.

Titles selected of titles eligible

1 of 1
1 of 1
Short Stories
Flash Fiction
11 of 33
2 of 6
3 of 3
Short Poetry
Essays & Memoirs
6 of 15
8 of 18
1 of 1


James Shaffer, Back to the World


Channie Greenberg,

Short Stories

Matthew K. Bernstein, The Collision
Gary Clifton, Officer Rosie
Ada Fetters, Colorblind Chameleon
Daniel Ross Goodman, The End of Days
Jill Hand, The Dream Room
Gabriela Houston, Before I Was Human
T. Kent, The Perfect Match
Barbara B. Ristine, The Good Daughter
Lilliana Rose, iFarmer
Jim Toal, Trim
E. H. Young, It Brought the Snow

Flash Fiction

Charles C. Cole


Charles C. Cole


David Adès, When the Waves Came Over Us
Diana Anderson, Jupiter’s Dream
Stephen Ellams, My Faith and Wisdom Hat
Bertil Falk, Reading the Rök Stone
Matthew Laing, Fire Flight
Tendai R. Mwanaka, A Portfolio of Defiance

Short Poetry

Edward Ahern John Grey, Here's the Deal
Oonah V. Joslin, Meandering in Monet’s Garden
Carmen Ruggero, Elation
Anna Ruiz, The Museum of Lost Sheep
Ron Van Sweringen, When You Come for Me


Ásgrímur Hartmannsson, Dog Life


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


Bite, Then Run
Put That iPhone Down, Babe!
Unjust Desserts
Foul Line, Fair Line
Heads or Tails or What?
Who’s You?
Slip-Sliding Away
Giddyap, Khan


Dead Narrators and Ghosts
Asimov’s Anomaly
In the Fire Zone
How Can I Promote My New Book
  at Bewildering Stories?

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. Four 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 and may appear in a future regular issue.

  1. Ásgrímur Hartmannsson, Dog Life
  2. Ken W. Simpson, Decadence
  3. Barbara B. Ristine, The Good Daughter
  4. Edward Ahern, Snow Melt
  5. Bob Welbaum, One Last Chance
  6. Henry F. Tonn, Death by Moonlight
  7. David Cleden, Snitch
  8. Oonah V. Joslin, Hope Is Transparent
  9. Aaron Moskalik, A Most Auspicious Day
  10. Anna Ruiz, The Museum of Lost Sheep
  11. Kallirroe Agelopoulou, Tetrapolis
  12. Bill Kowaleski, Living Standards

The Order of Merit

Here are links to the works that have been nominated as candidates for the 2015 Annual Review. In keeping with Bewildering Stories’ astronomical motif, the winners are indicated by the names of space telescopes. The works are listed in alphabetical order by author.


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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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