Third Quarterly Review, 2018
Year 17 of Bewildering Stories
The Editors’ Choices in issues 766-778
The Quarterly and Annual Reviews and Bewildering Stories itself
are like lighthouses on the chaotic sea of the Internet.
They signal not danger but “Good landfall” and “Safe harbor.”
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, according to your hemisphere — with the Review Editors’ selection of favorites from the third quarter of 2018. 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 Review is not a contest, competition or poll; it’s an election. And there are no quotas: anything — from everything to nothing — may qualify in any genre. Rather, the “QR” answers a practical question: “If a friend asked you what your favorites are in 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, Alison McBain, Marina J. Neary, John Stocks and Lewayne L. White.
At Bewildering Stories, nothing 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 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 Edward Ahern, Ada Fetters, and Alison McBain; Flash Fiction and Drama Editor Charles C. Cole; 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 13 weeks, the Review Editors cast 875 votes on 87 titles, 33 of which have qualified as Editors’ Choices. We congratulate the authors and 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 779 on October 1, 2018.
|Titles selected of titles eligible|
1 of 1
1 of 4
16 of 36 |
4 of 10
Essays & Memoirs
6 of 16 |
2 of 17
3 of 3
NovellasRobert J. Howe, Pinocchio’s Diary
SerialsJohn M. Floyd, The Winslow Tunnel
Short StoriesHillary G. Anderson, Life Through Glass
Liana V. Andreasen, Warner’s Caddy
Chris Bullard, Peace Time
Gary Clifton, Who Murdered Tulsa Rose?
EK Cutting, Let Frank Handle It
Walter Giersbach, The Queen at the End of the Bar
Shawn Jacobson, The Man Who Could Only Be Human
Ronald Linson, Sacrifice of the Honored
C. Q. March, Thicker Than Blood
Morris J. Marshall, A Distant Drumming
Janet E. Sever, Dead Man Working
Arthur Whitaker, Happiness for Sale
G. Allen Wilbanks, Chasing Destiny
Donald Zagardo, Ramona X
Flash FictionBrad Ashmore, Merry Mint
Gary Clifton, Comestibly Ever After
PoetryMike Acker, His Name is Happiness
Ljubo Popovich, He Wrote Her a Love Poem
Short PoetryCrystalwizard, Cat vs. Rain
Robin Helweg-Larsen, Coming to the Boil
EssaysClem Griffith, Settlements
Fred Russell, Brief Meditation on Space and Time
J. Zhanna Malekos Smith,
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 and may appear in a future regular issue.
The Order of Merit
Here are links to 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 Index and 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.
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