Bewildering Stories

What’s in Issue 126

Novels Palance Demondread kind-heartedly comes to the aid of a waif abandoned in a house ravaged by dremions. The future of his mission looks very bleak indeed: Julian Lawler, Battle Seer, chapter 7: The Color and Shape of a World part 2; part 3.

‘The Bilbao police have made another wrongful arrest. In the meantime, Toni gets his marching orders and begins his grand tour, while the intelligence community goes on uncertain stand-by’: Michael E. Lloyd, Observation One: Singing of promises, chapter 7: Beyond the Spheres; chapter 8: Benign Machines.
Serial The careers of dyslexic songster Brad and his wild, etc. spouse Anna roll and rock, but the last word has love, whoffle snarzen: Delo White, A Wild, Ill-Tempered, Bowlegged Woman, conclusion.
Short
Stories
New contributor Michael Boyle plays a gentle rhapsody of geologic time leading to the final rest of the last Tyrannosaur. So what if the dinosaurs were clobbered by asteroids? Worse things can happen: Full Circle.

Ásgrímur Hartmannsson buys a pet on e-Bay. Aside from the beauracra... burocro... red tape, all goes well. Just one word of advice: never honk at a Pet Elephant.
Flash
Fiction
Dustin LaValley implies a Challenge of his own: What happens between 10:30 and 10:45 a.m. — and perhaps afterwards — in Tuesdays and Thursdays: a Tale of Obsession?
Poetry Julian Lawler can write poetry as well as long fiction. As the title indicates, this poem is about betrayal: Cain.
Poetry Claudio Parentela’s drawings are beginning to depict an emotional theme: Art 880.

Departments

Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Michael Boyle.
Challenge New contributor Julie Courchesne has a pithy and very colorful word for the “New Tech, Old Lit.” society. It’s explained in her response to Challenge 125: Image and Talent.

Challenge 126 asks a deceptively simple question: What’s the joke?
The Reading
Room
Jerry Wright reviews Simon R. Greenís Beyond The Blue Moon.
Editorial Jerry Wright, The Death of Civility

In Times to Come

Issue 127 isn’t fully scheduled yet, but in the near future Joel Gn will be back with a story of crime and double-dealing. Jörn Grote has two stories about Mars and interplanetary civilization; Stephen Heister takes a long and short view of time; and Byron Bailey has a new serial where animals play a major part. Meanwhile, Norman A. Rubin’s western will be getting ready to roll, and Roberto Sanhueza gives Katts and Dawgs a new twist.

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