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What’s in Issue 271

Novel Claës Lundin, Oxygen and Aromasia
The poet Apollonides, dejected, thinks of joining his ancestors, but the inventor Hemispherion dazzles him with visions of a different escape: space travel! Meanwhile, Aromasia discovers Oxygen in a new workplace deep underground:
Chapter 21: Away from Earth! part 1; part 2
Chapter 22: The Sapphire Cave, part 1; part 2
Worried about Social Security? Here’s a plan to provide for yourself and your loved ones with no worries, ever again: Neil Crabtree, Land of Opportunity.

In future professional sports, you may go out of bounds, but you’ll never leave the field! Bertil Falk, The Ball is Dead!.

New contributor Walter Giersbach introduces Carla, a widow who wants a cable TV connection but intead gets dire warning from the future: Cable Window.

Rosenda doesn’t believe in magic, but she must become a Machi wise woman to save a schoolgirl from an ancient Mapuche curse: Roberto Sanhueza, The Gift, part 1; part 2; conclusion.
Drama The story of the golem of Prague gives life new meaning to a man spiritually adrift: Mel Waldman, The Lost Golem, Act 1; Act 2; Act 3, conclusion.
New contributor Peter Charles shows how a society might deal with the problem of aging: The Niche.

Santa Claus comes just in time to console Harry, the sole remaining resister to an invasion from Mars: Michael A. Kechula, Primitive Instincts.
Poetry Darby Mitchell, The Gift of Apples
Michael Lee Johnson, Quiet Hours Passing
Mary B. McArdle, Phantom Horses
Memoir Sometimes lies are funny, sometimes they can be a consolation: Gabriel Timar, Twisting the Truth


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Peter Charles and Walter Giersbach.
Challenge Challenge 271 opines One for Some, One for All.
Letters Mary B. McArdle writes about “Phantom Horses”
Darby Mitchell writes about “The Gift of Apples”
The Art
Crystalwizard, Snoll and Books
NASA: Picture of the Day
The Reading
Excerpt: Julie Ann Shapiro Jen-Zen and the One Shoe Diaries
Editorial Jerry Wright, xxx

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“Poems are not made with ideas; they are made with words.” — Stéphane Mallarmé
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