Bewildering Stories

Bewildering Stories’
Second Quarterly Review, 2009

Editors’ Choices: issues 331-342

Short Stories
The Order of the Hot Potato

All titles are links.

page 1
Part I Novel, Novellas, Serials, Memoirs, Departments
page 2
Part II Poetry and Short Poetry
Part III Flash Fiction, The Quarter’s Best Issues
page 3

Selections are listed in alphabetical order by author.
Multiple titles are in chronological order.

Part IV : Short Stories

R. J. Astruc, The Wife Collector
Jeff Baker, Darwin’s God
Tantra Bensko, Animals Under the Skin
B J Bourg, Death Notice
Bob Brill, The Wheel of Fortune
Autumn Canter, Sarah Bringing Rain
Ian Cordingley, Base Ten
Dorothy Crossan, Still Life
Kenneth E. Herritt, A Higher Purpose
Doug Hiser, The Carnival of the Goat Man
Gary Inbinder, Icarus
D. A. Madigan, The Drowned Scroll
R. Scott McCoy, The Horse Cusser
Ayesh Pervez, Sanjeeda
Catfish Russ, A Fighting Chance
H. E. Sappenfield, Tryst
Stephanie Scarborough, Seaside Sideshow
Thomas Lee Joseph Smith, I Lawn for Better Days
E. S. Strout, Time Share
Robert S. Tyler, Skin Deep
Tom Underhill Erik Weiss, Student Learning

Part V : The Order of the Hot Potato

And now, since “Bewildering” Stories is a friend of the unconventional, here are the six most controversial works of the quarter, the ones on which the Review Editors did not reach a consensus for one reason or another. Two of the titles appear in the Editors’ Choices.

The titles are listed in descending order with the most controversial first.

  1. Joseph Grant, The Secret in the Lake
  2. Steven D. Bennett, The Last Evening of Molly Malone
  3. John Stocks, To Waverly
  4. Brenton Harper-Murray, Unstuck
  5. Ashutosh Ghildiyal, To Innocence
  6. Julie Wornan, Workless of the World

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

Readers may well consider the Quarterly Review as the cream of a worthy crop, but they may also wonder, “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. The first title in each genre listed got the most votes; the other titles follow in alphabetical order by author.

Richard K. Lyon, The Long Dark Road to Wizardry

Bertrand Cayzac, Floozman is a Multimodal Platform
Jack Alcott, The Visitors
Bertrand Cayzac, Fred Looseman’s Maintenance Diary

Short Stories
D. A. Madigan, The Drowned Scroll
Dorothy Crossan, Still Life
Doug Hiser, The Carnival of the Goat Man
Gary Inbinder, Icarus

Flash Fiction
Tom Mahony, Windowless Van
Andrea Ruggirello, Hindsight
Lewayne L. White, Mrs. Quigley’s Last Case

John Stocks, To Wentworth Place
John Stocks

Short Poetry
Oonah V. Joslin, Spring’s Uplift
Anna Ruiz, Beggar
John Stocks, Woolacombe Sands: Evening

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