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Contest Bewildering Stories’ Contest 4: Parodice Loosed
Novel Claës Lundin, Oxygen and Aromasia
Election reporting promises to change very little in the coming centuries. Meanwhile, Oxygen and Apollonides rush to save their stricken Aromasia from the burning concert hall. And Oxygen has a plan to win the heart of fair Aromasia — or, more likely, make a perfect fool of himself:
Chapter 14: Election Day
Chapter 15: The Subduer of the Will
Chapter 16: A Chase in the Air
New contributor Zachary Ash depicts an interstellar pilot’s joys and the anguish of retreat from an overwhelming invasion: Ariel’s Inferno, part 1; part 2; conclusion.

New contributor P. I. Barrington gives an object lesson in how — or how not — to deal with a forest visitor from another dimension: Urban Elf, part 1; part 2; conclusion.

What is justice for a grave robber? Gerald Budinski, Sacred Precious Things, part 1; conclusion.

Whither and wherefore does Marion go with her music room? Arthur Vibert, The Spare Room.

When tribal tradition becomes an end in itself, it can lead to cruel and self-defeating injustices: Erik Weiss, Journey to Exile, part 1; part 2; conclusion.
If your second-hand purchase starts talking to you, make sure others hear it say the same thing: Michael A. Kechula, Flea Market Special.

New contributor Keith Krogstad gives new meaning to the old phrase ‘to take somebody to the woodshed’: The Shed.
Poetry Edward C. Doerr, Imprint
Arnold Hollander, Two Red Chairs
John Stocks, Family Funeral
Essay What happens when an old tradition confronts modern existential anguish? Mel Waldman, The House of Darkness.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes P. I. Barrington.
Challenge Challenge 267 response: Gary Inbinder identifies the source of “In His House”

Challenge 268 says You Can’t Get Here From There.

The Art
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art
NASA: Picture of the Day

Bewildering Stories News

Contest 4: “Parodise Loosed” promises to be a lot of fun. Crank up your humor machine and turn it... um... loose... on the story of your choice!

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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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