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Bewildering Stories’
Annual Review, 2018

Year 17 of Bewildering Stories

The Mariner Awards: issues 743-790

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 35 titles listed — out of 388 for the year — are the ones that the Review Board has rated most highly in 2018. 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, and we like to publish them.

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 791 on January 7, 2019. 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.


Edward Ahern, The Witches’ Bane
Danko Antolovic, My Name Is Daedalus


Tom Crowley, When Working Memory Retires
Robert J. Howe, Pinocchio’s Diary
Ronald Linson, Nightburn
Tim Miller, The Spoons of Jupiter

Short Stories

Hillary G. Anderson, Life Through Glass
Kayla Bashe, Max Christopher, The 101 Domitians
Gary Clifton, Charles C. Cole, The Wizard’s Mule
Ada Fetters,
Heather J. Frederick, Bill Kowaleski, C. Q. March, Thicker Than Blood
Janet E. Sever, Dead Man Working
Arthur Whitaker, Happiness for Sale
Lewayne L. White, FTPD: Homicide
Subodhana Wijereratne, They Meet in the Wall

Flash Fiction

Charles C. Cole, Mirror Twins
Don Webb, The Flying Dutchman of MacKinnon Hall

Poetry & Short Poetry

Mike Acker, Out of the Blue
Edward Ahern, Bertrand Cayzac,
Ljubo M. Popovich, Joyce Meggett, On Reading a Bird
P. K. Vijayan, He Wrote Her a Love Poem

Essays & Memoirs

Ronald Linson, Ghost Lights

The Quarterly Reviews of 2018

First Quarterly Review — issues 743-754
Second Quarterly Review — issues 755-765
Third Quarterly Review — issues 766-778
Fourth Quarterly Review — issues 779-790

Editors’ Choices, Year 1 to the present

The Annual Reviews, Quarterly Reviews, and Retrospectives

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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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