Fourth Quarterly Review, 2009
The Editors’ Choices: issues 355-365
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Bewildering Stories continues Year 8 with the Review Editors’ selection of favorites from the Fourth 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.
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 11 weeks, the Review Editors cast 794 votes on 119 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, Dwight O. Krauss, Michael E. Lloyd, Marina J. Neary, Rachel V. Olivier, Carmen Ruggero 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.
Next week will bring you the 2009 Annual Review.
Regular publication resumes with issue 366 on January 4, 2010.
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|
0 of 1
1 of 1
4 of 5
20 of 50
8 of 18
16 of 25|
9 of 15
2 of 2
0 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 365 in order to be eligible.
- Memoirs may be true, dramatized, or fictional.
|Novella||Bertrand Cayzac, Figs & Riesling|
Colin P. Davies, The Monster on Mandrake Street|
Bertil Falk, Apocalypse for a Dissociated Creator
Rob Hunter, Cherokee Purple
Michael R. Meyerhofer, A Merchant’s Luck
Bertil Falk, John Bampfylde|
Tom Mahony, Sharky
Bewildering Stories interviews Aidan Lucid|
Jim Harrington interviews Bewildering Stories: What Do Editors Want?
Where It Began
The Goblin’s Gonna Getcha
As Time Went By
What Time Would It Have Been?
As In the Beginning
Oh For a Life at the Speed of c
Peter Cawdron, “Serengeti”|
D. A. Madigan, “A Dish Best Served Cold”
|The Critics’ Corner|
Available at Bewildering Press
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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