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What’s in Issue 180

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Novel Young Skoshi is a brilliant student and fits in very well as a junior crew member of the spaceship Journeyman. Back on Hon’ya, the pressure mounts to find Skoshi and forcibly return her to a life of involuntary servitude: Katherine Allen, Skoshi, part 4; part 5; part 6.
L.J.P. has his hands full not only with Dark Magicians but also with a powerful 17-year old boy who is headed for delinquency: Clyde Andrews, The Trouble with Magicians, part 1; part 2; conclusion.

If you receive a dinner invitation from a celebrity gourmet chef, don’t accept it until you find out what planet he’s from: D. J. Burnham, The Dinner Guest, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor Bolaji Odofin depicts a young businessman struggling against his father’s curse: Apeteshi, part 1; part 2; conclusion.

Rhiannon and her friends are overpowered by an aging spell; the only release from it is rather drastic: Rachel Parsons, The Bonding, part 1; part 2; conclusion.

General Aezubah, pursued by a demon, seeks the aid of a dragon whose life he saved long ago. But what does the dragon — imprisoned alone as the last of its kind — really owe him? Slawomir Rapala, Dragon Scales, part 1; part 2; conclusion.

The Fairy Tale Police investigate Rumpelstiltskin’s new extortion scheme. However, the old gnome is not what he seems to be: Lewayne L. White, The Rumpelstiltskin Scam, part 1; conclusion.
A drafty house will fix itself, given time: Ian Duncan Smith, God Only Knows.

Major Keeli has spent years defending the Solar System against alien invaders. He wants nothing more than to retire to Earth with his family — after one last mission: Frederick G. Soper, The Last Outpost.
Poetry Prakash Kona, Ambivalence
Ian Duncan Smith, Conference Call


Challenge Challenge 180 asks A Quick Question.
Letters Chuck Gregory writes about Michael E. Lloyd’s Observation One.
Stephen Marlowe writes about Danielle’s Lighthouse review.
Carmen Ruggero writes about Kevin Ahearn and Publish America.
Lewayne L. White writes about Previews.
The Art
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art
The Reading
Jerry Wright reviews Steven Pinker’s The Blank Slate.
Danielle L. Parker reviews Harry Turtledove & Martin Greenberg, eds.,
The Best Time Travel Stories of the 20th Century
Editorial Jerry Wright, Modernism

Bewildering Stories News

Scheduling: We do our utmost to hold to the scheduling estimates we make in responses to contributors. However, issue size is hard to anticipate. This issue has 19 installments in the short stories and novel. That’s two short of our “event horizon.” Beyond 13 installments we begin to look for ways to lighten the load, so to speak, and we may have to move a few titles around. Just a note so that schedule changes won’t take you too much by surprise.

Reminder: Our thanks to readers and contributors who have voted in the on-line poll cited at the end of Jerry’s editorial in issue 179. If you haven’t voted yet, please remember that the poll closes on January 15. Please do a browser text search for Bewildering Stories in all the poll categories (we’re not in all, but we are in several).

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