First Quarterly Review, 2010
The Editors’ Choices: issues 366-376
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Bewildering Stories continues Year 8 with the Review Editors’ selection of favorites from the First Quarter of 2010. 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 762 votes on 113 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 Bill Bowler, Bertil Falk, Gary Inbinder, Harry Lang, Michael E. Lloyd, Marina J. Neary, 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.
Regular publication resumes with issue 377 on March 29, 2010.
How discriminating is the Quarterly Review? The figures tell an interesting story. The first quarter of 2010 was remarkably consistent in quality and ranks among our very best. While flash fiction retains its reputation as one of the most difficult of genres, the rest of the prose fiction and the non-fiction matches or exceeds the pace of previous QR’s. But we are in a Golden Age of poetry: more than 70% qualified overall.
The following tables also serve as a linked index to all the genres and sections in the Review.
|Titles selected of Titles published|
1 of 1
2 of 2
28 of 47
5 of 23
11 of 19|
15 of 18
0 of 1
2 of 2
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 376 in order to be eligible.
- Memoirs may be true, dramatized, or fictional.
|Novella||Bertrand Cayzac, Floozman: Fred Looseman’s Misadventure|
Colin Lee Heintze, In the Valley of Hermits|
Harry Lang, Beneath the Ice
Bertil Falk, In the Midst of Hell|
V. Ulea, Sea Pilot on the Smokestack
|News 100 Stories for Haiti|
|Interview Bewildering Stories interviews Rebecca Lu Kiernan|
|Discussions and Letters|
Life Is “But” a Dream?
Feed Birds Cleverly
Watch Where You’re Rowing
Eat First, Ask Questions Later
Down the Streets of Broken Dreams
Hang on to Your Feet
Tantra Bensko, On Experimental Writing|
Stefan Brenner, “Zombieworld”
Arnold Hollander, Challenge 371 Response
Oonah V. Joslin, “Flight of Starlings”
Carmen Ruggero, Poetry in 375