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What’s in Issue 160

Novel The Galactic Council’s Grand Minister realizes belatedly he made a mistake in sending the fleet to Starhell. Little does he know how big a mistake it was: euhal allen, The Bridge, IV, chapter 3: Starhell Standoff, part 1; part 2; part 3.
Serials Obsidian deserves a medal of some sort for sheer perseverance... if that’s what it is. How would you react if you had the experience of his time-travel tour to New York? Joe Vadalma, A Visit to the 21st Century, part 3; conclusion.

New contributor Sandra Miller’s Ellena hates the aliens who have invaded Earth, but she should beware lest she become the evil she opposes: The Enemy in the Mirror, part 1; part 2.
New contributor Tammy Cox shows how a departed husband and his lonely widow might find the reconciliation they needed in life: Visits.

Augustus Poe and Running Deer arrive in Goblin’s Toe. Only one inhabitant greets them with any semblance of genuine warmth, and he may be more than he seems. It’s the calm before the storm, and we see the storm gathering: Robert L. Sellers Jr, Dead Calm, part 1; conclusion.

Thomas Lee Joseph Smith points out that the ending is not what it’s cracked up to be in the War of the Worlds.

New contributor Angelo Snow will make you think twice about taking pills made by Pan, Ltd.: D is for Evil.
New contributor Kelly Gillette shows how the careless use of a simple implement can wreck Civilization As We Know It... or at least cause a good deal of urban blight: Put the Gun Down, Warren.

One begins to wonder whether the time-travel agent has her priorities straight. Was Susannah’s trip really a disaster? If so, what is Frankie’s?! Mary King, From Time to Time: Frankie’s Story.
Poetry Television may induce all sorts of strange sounds in its viewers: Kelvin Bueckert, Television Cattle.

What might happen when your spaceship’s air runs low and you’re the sole survivor? Thomas D. Reynolds, Mission to Mars: Day 254.
Essay ‘My life is the beginning of the revolution. Countless sacrifices make one revolution. The obligation to give one’s life is the motto of the revolution’: Prakash Kona, The Personal and the Political, conclusion.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Tammy Cox, Kelly Gillette, Sandra Miller, and Angelo Snow.
Challenge Challenge 160 analyzes Small but Knotty Problems.
Letters Viachelav Yatsko proves yet again that there is no story so bewildering as reality: Transliteration Woes.
The Reading
Raimundo Echegaray reviews Alfa Eridiani, nº 16.
Danielle L. Parker reviews Sheri S. Tepper’s The Fresco.
Jerry Wright reviews Eric Flint and K.D. Wentworth’s The Course of Empire.
Editorials Don Webb examines the implications of a Flash Fiction Contest.
Jerry Wright, Literature vs. Science Fiction

In Times to Come

In issue 161

Roberto Sanhueza, Katts and Dawgs, chapter 11 “Rise and Fall” conclusion
euhal allen, The Bridge IV, chapter 4 “Surprise, Surprise”
Serial: Sandra Miller, “The Enemy in the Mirror” conclusion
Short Stories:
New contributor Jeremy Adams, “The Is and the Ought”
New contributor Robert Blevins, “Whisper in the Void”
New contributor Slawomir Rapala, “Sands of Southern Deserts”
Robert L. Sellers Jr, “Widow Maker”
Flash fiction:
Mary King, “From Time to Time: Dara’s Story”
New contributor Isabelle Reid, “Ghostly Gossip”
Poetry: Thomas D. Reynolds, “Brush Draggers”
Essay: Kevin Ahearn, “Scientists as Screenwriters”
Review: D. A. Madigan reviews The Matrix

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