First Quarterly Review, 2015
Year 13 of Bewildering Stories
The Editors’ Choices: issues 602-612
The Quarterly and Annual Reviews are like lighthouses on the chaotic sea of the Internet.
They signal not danger but “Good landfall” and “Safe harbor.” Welcome ashore!
Everything in green is a link.
Bewildering Stories ends the season — winter or summer, depending on your hemisphere — with the Review Editors’ selection of favorites from the First Quarter of 2015. 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 not a contest, competition or poll. And there are no quotas: anything — from everything to nothing — may qualify in any genre. Rather, they answer a practical question: “If a friend asked you to recommend something special from the past quarter of Bewildering Stories, what would you choose?”
As always, the Review Board’s discussions have been extensive and lively. A big Thank You to Bill Bowler, Charles C. Cole, Bertil Falk, Heather J. Frederick, Jo Wharton Heath, Gary Inbinder, Marina J. Neary, Carmen Ruggero, John Stocks and Lewayne L. White.
At Bewildering Stories, no one is the proverbial tree falling unheard in a forest. All contributors know that real people have given their works a thoughtful reading, regardless whether we send regrets or they qualify for the Mariner Awards.
The Review Editors and Associate Editors — our review readers — have functions that are entirely different but equally important. The Review Editors determine how Bewildering Stories shall carry its flag. The Associate Editors enable us to converse with our contributors. They determine what Bewildering Stories shall be.
For that reason 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.
The Quarterly News
In the past 11 weeks, the Review Editors cast 622 votes on 71 titles, 41 of which have qualified as Editors’ Choices. We congratulate the authors represented here. We hope they will inspire all our contributors.
We think our Review Editors reflect the range of opinion to be found among our readers. The Order of the Hot Potato is as hot as ever, with 13 titles. The Order of Merit is continued for reader interest and as a special acknowledgment to our contributors. It links to the most highly rated works in genres represented by more than one title in this Quarterly Review.
We resume regular publication with issue 613 on March 30, 2015.
|Titles selected of titles eligible|
1 of 1
1 of 1
14 of 24
7 of 11
Essays & Memoirs
8 of 13|
5 of 15
1 of 1
4 of 5
- All selections are listed in alphabetical order by author unless noted otherwise.
- Serialized works are eligible only in the quarter in which they conclude.
- Multiple titles are listed in chronological order.
- Italicized titles indicate collections or the presence of chapter, episode or poem subtitles.
NovellasGlenn Gray, A Day in the Cornfield
SerialsKochava Greene, Incident at St. Laurita’s
Short StoriesCyn Bermudez, The Garden Street Apartments
Myles Buchanan, The Toymaker
Marie Chapman, The Horses of Marly
Jedd Cole, Quantified Man
Mike Florian, The Man in the Fedora
Keith Frady, The Dragon Said to the Knight
Jill Hand, The Trouble With Tulpas
Oonah V. Joslin, The Last Days of Coloc
Anthony Lukas, Inspector Klay and the Nico
Joe Pitkin, The Lamp of the Body
Bill Prindle, Cogito, ergo Sim sum
William B. Squirrell, Zelda's Last Letter
Bob Welbaum, The Joy in Forgotten Objects
Flash FictionCharles C. Cole
Answering the CallSaor Hawk, The Program
A Message Served Cold
Something More for Winter
Dwight Janko Saves the Human Race
Kelly Weber, Junie B. May Meets a Dragon
Pavelle Wesser, Ice and Otherwise
PoetryLana Bella, A Night in Harlem
Stephen Ellams, The Limitations of Love
Mark Jones, With Rite and Rune
Michael Murry Grey Fedora
Short PoetryMike Acker, At Sunset
Oonah V. Joslin, Fenestration
Jack Phillips Lowe, Where This Was Going
Michael Murry, Sacred Surgical Strikes
Don Webb, The Absurd of the Theatre
DramaCharles C. Cole, Everybody Wins
Essays and MemoirsBoghos L. Artinian & Don Webb, At St. James Church
Mike Florian, Fritz
Andrew Sacks, Chess Masters: Fact and Fiction
Editorials, Discussions, Challenge ResponsesAre We Charlie?
Free Speech for Some?
The Affaire Charlie
A Thin Veil of Innocence
Leonard Nimoy and Terry Pratchett
The Order of the Hot Potato
Here are the most controversial works of the quarter, the ones on which the Review Editors’ opinions diverged significantly for one reason or another. The titles are listed in descending order with the most controversial first. Eleven of the titles appear among the Editors’ Choices. Challenge to the readers: why might any of these titles be on the list?
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 this Quarterly Review. The categories are listed according to their normal order in the Readers’ Guide.