Second Quarterly Review, 2020
Year 18 of Bewildering Stories
The Editors’ Choices in issues 849-860
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 — spring or fall, according to your hemisphere — with the Review Editors’ selection of favorites from the second quarter of 2020. 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 or competition; they are a special poll. And there are no quotas: anything — from everything to nothing — may qualify in any genre. They answer a practical question: “If a friend asked you to recommend something outstanding from the past quarter of Bewildering Stories, what are your favorites? 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, Heather J. Frederick, Gary Inbinder, Bill Kowaleski, Johanna Miklós, 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, Heather J. Frederick and Johanna Miklós; 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
We think our Review Editors reflect the range of opinion to be found among our readers. In the past 12 weeks, the Review Editors cast 716 votes on 73 titles, 37 of which have qualified as Editors’ Choices. We congratulate the authors and hope they will inspire all our contributors.
The Order of the Hot Potato is quite warm, with 11 titles.
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 861 on June 28, 2020.
|Titles selected of titles eligible|
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10 of 28 |
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6 of 14
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• Serialized works are eligible only in the quarter in which they conclude.
NovellasMickey J. Corrigan, Trigger Warnings
SerialsDaniel W. Galef, Ex Libris
Rick Kennett, The Gods in Their Galleries
Daniel Stride, A Breath Through Silver
Short StoriesEdward Ahern, Pest Hag
R. C. Capasso, The Shield of Jamos
Scott Coon, Enduring Winter
Tom Hooker, A Case of Petit Mal
Edna C. Horning, MoJo the Mighty
Maurice Humphrey, A Week at the Beach
Harrison Kim, Just Inside the Frame
Ed Kratz, Edna Goes to the Frogs
James Rumpel, A Quest for Heaven
Craig M. Workman, The Rusty Door
Flash FictionGary Clifton, Charming
Cheryl Wood Ruggiero, Knock-Knock
PoetryEdward Ahern, The Limits of Writing
Farideh Hassanzadeh, Pen Pals
Robin Helweg-Larsen, Hilltops
Wendy Holborow, Sponged Out
Oonah V. Joslin, Apollo 13
Oscar V. de Lubicz-Milosz,
Short PoetryRichard Fleming, Red Umbrella
Oonah V. Joslin, New and Modern Poet
Edgar R. Luna, Treeless Patio
Discussions and Challenge Responses
MemoirsGary Clifton, Lost Souls
Charles C. Cole, Owning My Mistake
Richard LeBlond, Make Way for the King
Cheryl Wood Ruggiero, Words to Bless the Day in Moshi
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 or more reasons. 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. Multiple listings are ties.