First Quarterly Review, 2009
Editors’ Choices: issues 319-330
The Order of the Hot Potato
All titles are links.
Part III Flash Fiction, The Quarter’s Best Issues
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
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
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.
The Hottest-Potato Issues of the Quarter
As a special treat, Bewildering Stories links to
the three most controversial issues of the quarter:
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
Bill Bowler, A Poem for Edgar Allan Poe
Michael E. Lloyd, History
John Stocks, George
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