What’s in Issue 269
|Contest||Contest 4: Parodise Loosed|
Claës Lundin, Oxygen and Aromasia|
If Oxygen wants to put his Will-Subduer to work on Aromasia, he’d better hurry; she’s eager to return to Stockholm. And while he thinks Aromasia’s scent concerts are passé, the Danes love them. But what on earth does Oxygen plan to do with a latest invention, Ms. Photorup’s invisibility potion?
|Serial||New contributor Robert H. Prestridge introduces Joe Farinelli, of the Seattle police Meme Squad. Joe’s synesthesia enables him to sense fugitive memes, but it also makes him their prey: Abandon, part 1; part 2.|
New contributor Elliot R. Dorfman sends an art teacher far afield in time and space, but it’s too much, too late: No Other Choice, part 1; conclusion.|
New contributor Andrew Drilon weaves a fairy tale about a haughty but kind-hearted ‘semi-god’ and a skeptical little boy: Peekli, part 1; conclusion.
If you’re an eager young suitor seeking the hand of a princess, you may have to perform a quest. Just make sure you know whether the quest or the princess is more important to you: Beverly Forehand, The Dragon’s Tale.
New contributor Wayne C. Peake, Jr. introduces William Hargrove, an ambitious lover and writer who gains the whole world at the usual cost with the use of... The Devil’s Pen, part 1; conclusion.
The Fairy Tale Police Department’s Homicide Squad desperately seeks a stalker. Failure is not an option, but it stalks the detectives at every turn: Lewayne L. White, Swan Dive, part 1; part 2; conclusion.
New contributor Carol Reid brings some tourists to a very haunted place in the Highlands: Blackbird.|
A horror writer hears voices, supposedly of people who have a way of vanishing: Walt Trizna, Do You Hear What I Hear?
Anna Ruiz, Paranoid Chickens|
John Stocks, Night Sky
Michael Lee Johnson, Hazy Arizona Sky|
Mary B. McArdle, Moon Storm
Sixty years later, who is the therapist’s patient? Mel Waldman, The Nazi Patient.|
Do animals have souls? It’s time to settle the question once and for all: Osgood Wormer, D.V.M., Ph.D., Philosophy and Your Pet.
|Welcome||Bewildering Stories welcomes Elliot R. Dorfman, Andrew Drilon, Wayne C. Peake, Jr., and Carol Reid.|
Challenge 268 response: Carol Reid writes about “Urban Elf”
Challenge 269: Moonset, Moonrise
|Letters||P. I. Barrington writes about Observation One|
|NASA, Endeavour Spacewalk 1|
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art|
NASA: Picture of the Day
|Excerpt||Laura Stamps, The Book of Shadows|
Randomly selected Bewildering motto:
Randomly selected classic rejection notice:
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.”
Readers’ reactions are always welcome.
Copyright © November 26, 2007 by Bewildering Stories