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What’s in Issue 233

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Novel Michael E. Lloyd, Observation Two: Standing Divided
Chapter 16 Council of the Regions, Dome: Back at Dome, the Mission Orders are ratcheted up still further.
Chapter 17 Chief’s Office: Mater: The Captain is again reluctant to implement her new strategic Orders. But she does have to make some crucial tactical decisions.
Chapter 18 Without You, part 1: There's bad news for Toni and Maelene, and a second radimote is born... to great effect.
Chapter 18 part 2: Salvatore and Maelene travel unhappily to the Northwest, and Homeland Security changes its view of Toni while he languishes with only Reality TV and the unreal Carla for company.
Serials Alan now knows where Memmet is and finally learns what’s really going on. They part on friendly terms, but Alan’s new skills in critical thinking will surely lead him to new questions: Andy West, Meme, part 9; conclusion.

How can Djaminko Pooch refuse an offer of fame and fortune? Bob Brill, Ride the Whirlwind, part 5; conclusion.

How can a planet be genetically modified when it doesn’t have any life to begin with? Just watch, but cover all six of your eyes: Colin P. Davies, Pestworld, part 1; part 2; part 3; part 4.
New contributors Cynthia DiSciullo & William Zigmont tell a story within a story about people making friends: Grant and Juggling Ant.

This may be Chuck the Demon’s first assignment, but he’s already inclined to break the rules: Beverly Forehand, Skin Deep.

If age is a burden, think of perpetual youth: Gary Inbinder, Zotheca, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor Gustavo Valitutti introduces a race of alien shape-shifters unlike any we normally meet: The Ein — Spanish original: Los Ein.
Oh the terror and the pity of going to meet an unknown fate: Crystalwizard, It’s Time.

What is life but ashes to ashes and dust to... stardust! Rebecca Latyntseva, Stardust.
Poetry Donna Gagnon, Light Before Mourning
Kaelen Myril, No One Knows
Becky Franklin, Eyes


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Gustavo Valitutti and Cynthia DiSciullo & William Zigmont.
Challenge Gary Inbinder, Those Commas of Yore (response to Challenge 232)
Challenge 233 harkens to Stars and Thunder.
Letters Kevin Ahearn and Ian Arbuckle discuss The First Chapters Contest.
The Art
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art
NASA: Picture of the Day
The Reading
Danielle L. Parker reviews Gene Wolfe, Soldier of Sidon

Bewildering Stories News

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New shared link: Donald Schneider, author of “Pride’s Prison,” refers very kindly to Bewildering Stories on his new website. Thank you, Donald!

Menus: The term “Archive” has gone into honorable retirement in the home page menu column and in the menu bars on all pages. It has been replaced by “All Issues of Bewildering Stories” or, in abbreviated form, “All Issues.” The link remains the same. The term “All Issues” seems more descriptive and somehow less musty than “Archive.”

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Bewildering Stories’ official mottoes:

“Poems are not made with ideas; they are made with words.” — Stéphane Mallarmé
Ars longa, vita brevis. Rough translation: “Proofreading never ends.”

To Bewildering Stories’ schedule: In Times to Come

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