Third Quarterly Review, 2009
The Editors’ Choices: issues 343-354
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Bewildering Stories continues Year 8 with the Review Editors’ selection of favorites from the Third Quarter of 2009. 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.
Special in this quarter: a veritable flowering in the Departments, especially the Interview, the Challenge Responses, The Critics’ Corner and Discussions, as well as in the Reading Room’s book reviews and excerpts.
The Quarterly Reviews are Bewildering Stories’ honor roll. While they’re not a contest or competition in the strict sense of the term, we’ll match them against any contest in terms of fairness: in the past 12 weeks, the Review Editors cast 606 votes on 103 titles. And there are no quotas: everything or nothing in any genre may qualify for a Quarterly Review. The Review Editors vote according to their estimate of each work’s success on its own terms.
As always, the Review Board’s discussions have been extensive and lively. A big Thank You to Agnes Blom, Bill Bowler, Bertil Falk, Gary Inbinder, RD Larson, Michael E. Lloyd, Marina J. Neary, and Lewayne L. White.
We also express special gratitude to our Coordinating Editor Bill Bowler and the Associate Editors. 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.
Finally and foremost we congratulate the authors represented here. They and their works have well earned the honor. We hope they will inspire all our contributors.
Regular publication resumes with issue 355 on October 5, 2009.
How discriminating is the Quarterly Review? The figures tell the story.
The following tables also serve as a linked index to all the genres and sections in the Review.
|Titles selected — Titles published|
1 of 2
1 of 4
18 of 46
12 of 23
4 of 11|
5 of 10
3 of 5
1 of 1
The Quarter’s Best Issues
The Order of the Hot Potato
The Quarter’s Most Bewildering Issues
- Selections are listed in alphabetical order by author.
- Multiple titles are listed in chronological order.
- All serialized works — with the possible exception of intermittent serials — must have concluded in or before issue 354 in order to be eligible.
- Memoirs may be true, dramatized, or fictional.
|Novella||Bill Bowler, The Bohemian|
|Serial||Tabaré Alvarez, The Troubleshooters|
Bertil Falk, Alfred Bester: a Science Fiction Pioneer|
Marina J. Neary, Victor Hugo and Oliver Cromwell
Viacheslav Yatsko, My Solution to the Kuril Islands Problem
|Memoir||Marina J. Neary, How Am I Gonna Play Guitar Now?|
|Interview Bewildering Stories interviews Carmen Ruggero|
You Can’t Get Here From There
Sagas of the False Gods
Sometimes a Cigar is Not Just a Cigar
Redeeming the Fig Tree
A Difference in Degree
What’s In It For You?
|The Critics’ Corner|
Bertrand Cayzac, Notes on “The Road to Mulhouse”|
Bertrand Cayzac and Don Webb, “The Flight of Jenny Appleseed”
Bertil Falk, “The Princess of Brighton Beach”
Bertil Falk, Gary Inbinder, Don Webb, What Was Mark Twain’s Real Target?
Michael E. Lloyd, “Nemo and Kafka in Peredia”
Don Webb, What Is “The Last Testament of Jean Meslier”?
|Letters and Discussions|
|Eileen Elkinson, Is Flash Fiction “Vignettist”?|
Joseph Grant, What Are the “Hot Potatoes”?
Rachel Parsons, Round Tables and Discussions
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Jack Alcott, Grim Legion
Colin P. Davies, Tall Tales on the Iron Horse
Sam Ivey, Gilboy’s Quest
Slawomir Rapala, Aezubah, the Crimson General
Michael E. Lloyd, Observation One|
Michael E. Lloyd, Observation Two
Michael E. Lloyd, Observation Three
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