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What’s in Issue 179

The Second Bewildering Stories Contest
is now officially open !
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Novels Adam bends his own rule of non-intervention by showing kindness to a helpless child. He thereby sets in motion a momentous change in the history of the Sentient Peoples: Roberto Sanhueza, Katts and Dawgs, Kitti’s Tale, part 1; conclusion.

Far away in the far future, societies may regress. What’s a smart girl to do in a world where women are treated as chattel? Katherine Allen, Skoshi, part 1; part 2; part 3.
New contributor Lance G. Ballard portrays a fisherman stalking a great white shark. It’s a battle of Life and Death, one that will take many lifetimes to win: Val and the White Shark, part 1; conclusion.

You won’t believe the lengths a new rock group has to go to just to get on the air: Michael Collins, ZVSM.

You know the feeling when you just can’t seem to please anybody? Think of how God must feel: Jeff Haas, The Scientist and the Little People.

Hept-ra runs afoul of the Vizier Akhet, and her loyalty will take her to the depths of a pyramid: R D Larson, The Pharaoh’s Official, part 1; conclusion.

Rhonda is Rhiannon’s right-hand woman in ruling the realm, but Rhonda is haunted by double treachery in her past: Rachel Parsons, Nothing Sure but Death and Terrans, part 1; part 2; conclusion.
Don’t look now, but your cup runneth over: Karlos Allen, Shape.

New contributor Maria Beliaeva shows a damsel who can’t seem to elude her rescuers no matter how much distress she’s in: Damsel-in-Distress-ophiles.

After immigrating to a distant land, culture shock may be too difficult to overcome: Slawomir Rapala, Disconnected.
Poetry Prakash Kona, Diapason
Thomas D. Reynolds, Mind Fox


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Lance Garrison Ballard and Maria Beliaeva.
Challenge Challenge 179 asks some Pointed Rhetorical Questions.
Letters Kevin Ahearn writes about Publish America.
Thomas D. Reynolds sends good wishes on The Old and New Year.
The Art
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art
The Reading
Ian Donnell Arbuckle reviews Mad Marv, Man-Made Monsters.
Jerry Wright reviews Kim Stanley Robinson’s Forty Signs of Rain and Fifty Degrees Below.
Excerpt Cleveland W. Gibson, Moondust, The Indian Rope Trick
Editorial Jerry Wright, So What’s Happening?

Bewildering Stories News

Review Board: We bid a fond and sad farewell to Ian Donnell Arbuckle as review editor. Ian does CD reviews for CHUM and has had to limit himself to two novels and innumerable short stories in the past year. He’d like to get back to a three-novel a year pace... or maybe one three times as long. Hey, I can’t think that fast, let alone type! Ian has done yoeman’s... yoman’s... yowman’s (how do you spell that, Jerry?) work behind the scenes for Bewildering Stories in the past year, and we owe him a lot for our fast response time. Please come back and visit, Ian. And send us a spare novel, short story, poem or review?

Editorial: Please note the important information in Jerry’s editorial in this issue, especially the on-line poll. Its format takes a little getting used to, but it has a reputation for prestige and honesty. If any of our readers would like to vote for Bewildering Stories, we’d be most appreciative. Some kind soul put truly Bewildering nominations in “Fiction Magazine/e-zine Editors” and even in the “Book/e-book Editors” category. Say what?! But thank you, very much. Please pardon Bewildering Stories’ efforts to... “get noticed.” ’Tis the season to be shameless, I suppose!

E-address: Michael Collins, e-mail bounced from the last address we have for you.

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