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Bewildering Stories’
Annual Review, 2016

Year 15 of Bewildering Stories

The Mariner Awards: issues 649-695

Mariner2 launch
The launch of Mariner 2
to Venus, August 27, 1962

The Mariner Awards are named for one of the first successful interplanetary missions.

The 42 titles listed — out of 321 for the year — are the ones that the Review Board has rated most highly in 2016. They have earned Bewildering Stories’ most signal honor.

We know that all readers can cite other titles they feel belong on these lists; fair enough. Please write and tell us what else you would include and, most importantly, why. Discussions are welcome at Bewildering Stories.

Like the Quarterly Reviews, the Annual Review lists titles alphabetically by author and multiple titles in chronological order. The year was enlivened by thoughtful discussions. However, the Departments remain in the Quarterly Reviews and are easily accessible.

We resume regular publication with issue 696 on January 2, 2017. Meanwhile, as we like to say, “There is no story so truly bewildering as reality.” The Crew of Bewildering Stories wishes our contributors and readers a most pleasantly Bewildering New Year!

Everything in green is a link. Links open in a new window, so you won’t lose your place.


Bertrand Cayzac, Floozman in Space
Elous Telma, Oikos Nannion


Terry L. Mirll, Karat Cake


Philip Ivory, The Yellow Man
Bill Prindle

Short Stories

Gary Clifton Charles C. Cole, Brother Jacinto’s Mission
Ada Fetters
Patrick Hueller, Sigh, O Narnia
Gary Ives, Christmas Pies
Susan Bass Marcus, Pieces of Stars
Stuart North, Root Causes: A Tale of Zodom
Matt Thompson, The Map of the 181 Seas
Daniel Tierney, Weeping Willows
Martin Westlake, Hemming

Flash Fiction

Gary Clifton Charles C. Cole


Charles C. Cole

Poetry & Short Poetry

David Adès, Ever So Quiet in My Plenitude
Shola Balogun, In Rwanda
Lana Bella
Bertrand Cayzac, Second Martian Eclogue
Oonah V. Joslin Bill Kowaleski, End of the Affair
Hongping Liu, Winter Scene

Essays & Memoirs

Charles C. Cole, Better Off Forgotten
Ada Fetters, Different Spaces

The Quarterly Reviews of 2016

First Quarterly Review — issues 649-659
Second Quarterly Review — issues 660-671
Third Quarterly Review — issues 672-683
Fourth Quarterly Review — issues 684-695

Editors’ Choices, Year 1 to the present

The Annual Reviews, Quarterly Reviews, and Retrospectives

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Go to the Schedule “In Times to Come”

Available at Bewildering Press

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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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