First Quarterly Review, 2016
Year 14 of Bewildering Stories
The Editors’ Choices: issues 649-659
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 — winter or summer, depending on your hemisphere — with the Review Editors’ selection of favorites from the First quarter of 2016. 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?”
As always, the Review Board’s discussions have been extensive and lively. A big Thank You to Edward Ahern, Bill Bowler, Gary Clifton, Charles C. Cole, Ada Fetters, Gary Inbinder, Bill Kowaleski, Marina J. Neary, 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. 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.
Our special editors also deserve a vote of thanks: Coordinating Editors Bill Bowler, Edward Ahern and Bill Kowaleski; Flash Fiction Editor Charles C. Cole; and Poetry Editor John Stocks. They provide the kind of personal touch Bewildering Stories takes pride in, and they make the administrative work not only easier but possible.
The Quarterly News
In the past 11 weeks, the Review Editors cast 574 votes on 64 titles, 27 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 Merit is a special acknowledgment to our contributors. It’s a kind of “surprise package” that links to the most highly rated works in this Quarterly Review.
We resume regular publication with issue 660 on March 29, 2016.
|Titles selected of titles eligible|
10 of 26
3 of 5
1 of 1
Essays & Memoirs
5 of 10|
7 of 20
1 of 2
- 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.
Short StoriesGary Clifton, Murder Out of Hand
Patrick Hueller, Sigh, O Narnia
Scott Jessop, Moviola
Bill Kowaleski, The Paradox Principle
Harry Lang, Arabella of Radius Lane
Susan Bass Marcus, Pieces of Stars
Matt Thompson, The Map of the 181 Seas
Daniel Tierney, Weeping Willows
Ron Van Sweringen
DramaCharles C. Cole, Happy Transition Day
Flash FictionGary Clifton
PoetryDavid Adès, Ever So Quiet in My Plenitude
Oonah V. Joslin, Evergreen
James Robert Rudolph Pleiades, My Starship
Short PoetryDavid Adès, Flyby
Edward Ahern Where the Pink Flowers Grow
EssayBrenda Kern, Still, in the Woods
Sniffing in the Depths
A Fullness of Haunts
DiscussionsOikos Nannion and Science
The Floozman Discussion
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. Ten 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.
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.
The Orion Arm