Bewildering Stories

Bewildering Stories’
First Quarterly Review, 2009

Editors’ Choices: issues 319-330

Short Stories
The Order of the Hot Potato

All titles are links.

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Part I Novel, Novellas, Serials, Memoirs, Departments
page 2
Part II Poetry and Short Poetry
Part III Flash Fiction, The Quarter’s Best Issues
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Selections are listed in alphabetical order by author.
Multiple titles are in chronological order.

Part IV : Short Stories

John R. Albers, Master of the Winds
Zachary Ash, Napoleon in Rags
Tantra Bensko, Daring with Monks
William Blick, The Quixotic Slumber of Mr. Jensen
Gary W. Crawford, Gangrene
Alan Delaney, Stricken
Bertil Falk
Kenneth C. Goldman, A Pet Shop Parable
Mark Koerner, A Fresh Start
Dwight Krauss, The Absence of Land
Sarah-Jane Lehoux, Socks and Brains
Kevin McFarlane, Hounded by Heritage
Rachel V. Olivier, Scary Things
Diana Pollin, Tamerlane’s Snuffbox
Catfish Russ, Black Face
Nicola Somerscales, The Auctioneer’s Prize
Robert N. Stephenson, Yellow Dresses
Graham Storrs, Skyball
Tom Underhill, Branded Faith
John Vieczorek
Sarah Ann Watts, Duncan Grave in The Sun and Moon
Lewayne L. White, Family Farm
Yuvi Zalkow, Men Are From Mars, JoLans Are From Uranus

Part V : The Order of the Hot Potato

And now, since “Bewildering” Stories is a friend of the unconventional, here are the 12 most controversial works of the quarter, the ones on which the review editors did not reach a consensus for one reason or another. Six of the titles appear in the Editors’ Choices; the rest do not.

The titles are listed in descending order with the most controversial first. The links lead to the issues in which they appear.

  1. Peter Cawdron, Countdown: Three Days
  2. Sarah-Jane Lehoux, Socks and Brains
  3. John R. Albers, Master of the Winds
  4. Kenneth C. Goldman, A Pet Shop Parable
  5. Oonah V. Joslin, Full Flavour
  6. Ashutosh Ghildiyal, Untried Verse
  7. Arnold Hollander, The Proximity of Death
  8. Swan Morrison, The Kingdom of the Dead
  9. Maia Akiva, Love
  10. Anna Ruiz, How Others Do It
  11. Elliot R. Dorfman, Crossover
  12. Mel Waldman, My Unknowable G-d

The Hottest-Potato Issues of the Quarter

As a special treat, Bewildering Stories links to
the three most controversial issues of the quarter:

  1. The Öort Cloud
  2. The Kuiper Belt
  3. The Asteroid Belt

The Citation of Merit

The Citation of Merit, officially retired with the Second Quarterly Review of 2007, returns for an encore appearance in this issue. Our readers may find it worthwhile, thinking, “The Quarterly Review is indeed the cream of a worthy crop, but what is the crème de la crème?”

We prefer that you pick your own favorites, of course, and by all means let us know what they are. Meanwhile, here are the works that were voted the most outstanding in each genre. They are listed in alphabetical order by author.

Bill Bowler, Upwyr: The Count

Bertrand Cayzac, Floozman Saves a Technician
Sally K. Lehman, Small Minutes

Short Stories
Zachary Ash, Napoleon in Rags
Bertil Falk, The Saga of the Cattle Killer
Tom Underhill, Branded Faith
John Vieczorek, The Bells of St. Michael’s

Flash Fiction
Swan Morrison, Stackers
Bill West, Beside the Pearl Fountains

Bill Bowler, A Poem for Edgar Allan Poe
Michael E. Lloyd, History
John Stocks, George

Short Poetry
John Stocks, A Poem for a Recession

Carmen Ruggero, Rusty Nails

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