Third Quarterly Review, 2019
Year 18 of Bewildering Stories
The Editors’ Choices in issues 814-825
The Quarterly and Annual Reviews and Bewildering Stories itself
are like lighthouses on the chaotic sea of the Internet.
They signal not danger but “Good landfall” and “Safe harbor.”
Everything in green is a link. A few links are standard (blue, underlined). The genres in the “Titles selected” table are anchor or alert links. Links to pages other than the QR open in a new window; you won‘t lose your place.
Bewildering Stories ends the season — summer or winter, according to your hemisphere — with the Review Editors’ selection of favorites from the third quarter of 2019. 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 or competition; they are a special poll. And there are no quotas: anything — from everything to nothing — may qualify in any genre. They answer a practical question: “If a friend asked you to recommend something outstanding from the past quarter of Bewildering Stories, what are your favorites? What would you choose?”
As always, the Review Board’s discussions have been extensive and lively. A big Thank You to Edward Ahern, Bill Bowler, Gary Clifton, Charles C. Cole, Heather J. Frederick, Gary Inbinder, Bill Kowaleski, Johanna Miklós, Marina J. Neary, John Stocks and Lewayne L. White.
At Bewildering Stories, nothing 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 determine what Bewildering Stories shall be. 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.
Our special editors also deserve a vote of thanks: Coordinating Editors Edward Ahern, Heather J. Frederick and Johanna Miklós; Flash Fiction and Drama Editor Charles C. Cole; Poetry Editor John Stocks. They provide the kind of personal touch Bewildering Stories takes pride in, and they make the administrative work not only easier but possible.
The Quarterly News
We think our Review Editors reflect the range of opinion to be found among our readers. In the past 12 weeks, the Review Editors cast 792 votes on 77 titles, 32 of which have qualified as Editors’ Choices. We congratulate the authors and hope they will inspire all our contributors.
The Order of the Hot Potato is very hot, with 14 titles.
The Order of Merit is a special acknowledgment to our contributors. It’s a kind of “surprise package” that links to the most highly rated works in this Quarterly Review.
We resume regular publication with issue 826 on September 30, 2019.
|Titles selected of titles eligible|
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- Serialized works are eligible only in the quarter in which they conclude.
- All selections are listed in alphabetical order by author unless noted otherwise.
- Multiple titles and the Departments are listed in chronological order.
NovellasJeffrey Greene, To the Berginlight Bridge
SerialsScott Hughes, Songcaster and Little Dune
Short StoriesEd Blundell, The Myth of the Mermaid
Liliana Bodoc, Yellow
Gary Clifton, Freddy's Diner
Edna C. Horning, A Spirit of Fun
Kayvan Litke-Farzaneh, Upload and Reboot
Matthew G. Rees, King Anisika
Ernst Schoen-Rene, Memory Broker
Nick Sweeney, A Blossom From Bosnia
Tom Vaine, The Lizardmen of Karackas
Flash FictionEdward Ahern, Late Night Snowfall
Gary Clifton, The Way to Sanctuary Town
Charles C. Cole,
PoetryJackson Arthur, My Child Who Never Lived
Oonah V. Joslin, All Aboard!
Michael Murry, A Prologue to Between the Ads
Short PoetryEdward Ahern, Low Tide
Channie Greenberg, Wild Mama
Robin Helweg-Larsen, I Started Out Alone
Oonah V. Joslin, Sea of Tranquility
Meg Smith, Field of Onions
EssaysJames Dupree, The Five Stages of Writing
Letters and Challenge ResponsesIssue 816 discussion
MemoirsCharles C. Cole, Discovered in a Library
Thomas Wm. Hamilton, Preparing the Apollo Missions
Martha von der Gathen, Purple Roses
Ellen Weisberg, From Both Sides
InterviewsJohn Thiel interviews Don Webb about Bewildering Stories.
Bewildering Stories interviews John Thiel
Don Webb and Charlie Cole (photo)
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 or more reasons. The titles are listed in descending order with the most controversial first. Eight of the titles appear among the Editors’ Choices. Challenge to the readers: why might any of these titles be on the list? Discussions are welcome and may appear in a future regular issue.
The Order of Merit
Here are links to 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 Index and Readers’ Guide.
In keeping with Bewildering Stories’ astronomical motif, the winners are indicated by the names of space telescopes. The most highly rated title in the quarter is indicated by the name of an arm of the Galaxy. Multiple listings are ties.