Bewildering Stories

Bewildering Stories’
Second Quarterly Review, 2011

Editors’ Choices: issues 424-435

Everything in green is a link.

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Short Poetry
Flash Fiction
The Quarter’s Best Issues
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Selections are listed in alphabetical order by author.
Multiple titles are in chronological order.

Short Stories

Antonio Bellomi, The Heretic
Jon Forceton, Matuu and the Sail
K. R. Hager, They Called Into Darkness
Carolyn Kephart, The Kind Gods
Maria Kontak, Painting Faces
Paul Lang, Not Like an Angel
Maia Lena, Too Pale for a Lifeguard
Morris Marshall, The Hobo
Troy Morash, Metal, Bark and Whispers Soup
Richard Ong, On Broken Wings
Robert H. Prestridge, Cat’s Nines
Ron Van Sweringen, Song of the Nightingale
Sarah Ann Watts, Fire and Gold

The Order of the Hot Potato

And now, since “Bewildering” Stories is a friend of the unconventional, here are the 15 most controversial works of the quarter, the ones on which the Review Editors’ consensus diverged for one reason or another.

The titles are listed in descending order with the most controversial first. Only the first seven are true Hot Potatoes; the rest qualify as Warm Potatoes. Two of the titles appear among the Editors’ Choices.

The titles link not to the stories proper but to the issue in which each appears.

  1. Karen S. Riggin, My Darling, Darling Margo
  2. Catfish Russ, Dirty Tricks
  3. Ron Van Sweringen, Getting a Life in New Jersey
  4. Channie Greenberg, Pit Bulls Plus Pigeons
  5. Albert J. Manachino, The Collar Out of Space
  6. John Ritchie, It Takes Me Back
  7. Ron Van Sweringen, The Sea Dweller

  8. Karen S. Riggin, Deep in Africa
  9. Phillip Donnelly, Shep’s Last Day
  10. Channie Greenberg, Your Knees Remain Extant
  11. Kenneth W. Harmon, Mr. Howard Retires
  12. Albert J. Manachino, Something Above Us
  13. Oonah V. Joslin, Armchair Observatory, December 11, 2010
  14. Rebecca Lu Kiernan, Impact Rocks
  15. Thomas Lee Joseph Smith, My Travels Through Texas
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 Order of Merit

Here are links to the top winners, the most highly rated works in each genre represented by more than one title in the 2QR. The categories are listed in the order in which they normally appear in a regular issue Index or Readers’ Guide. Place your bets — figuratively, of course — and then click on the category links.

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