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What’s in Issue 322

Novel Richard K. Lyon, The Long Dark Road to Wizardry
Druin hastens to rescue his fiancée Sathryn only to discover that he has badly misestimated her. Meanwhile, his young cousin Breen has led the wedding guests to safety. He finds himself in a trap similar in some ways to Druin’s.
Book I: Wolves at the Wedding Feast
Episode 4: Cry Uncle!
Book II: What Was Found in the Cellar
Episode 1: A Dangerous Inheritance
Novella Tala Bar, Lunari
The colonists marooned on a hot, airless world come into telepathic contact with strange-looking people who are also on the planet but are nowhere to be seen.
Chapter 3: Meetings, part 2; part 3
New contributor Joseph D. DiLella tells a fairy tale about an evil imp and a marriageable princess: The Princess and the Promise.

The methods of the private eye and the police procedural pertain even in medieval Scandinavia: Bertil Falk, The Saga of the Cattle Killer, part 1; part 2; conclusion.

Have you ever wondered how the Serpent felt about what happened in the Garden of Eden? Dwight O. Krauss, From You Shall Arise.

An old abbot wagers with the Devil in order to prevent anyone from opening a latter-day Pandora’s box. The result is a very close call for all concerned: Diana Pollin, Tamerlane’s SnuffboxLa Boîte à tabac de Tamerlan.

New contributor Yuvi Zalkow paints a multi-layered picture of a marital breakup and the incidental loss of a planet: Men Are From Mars, JoLans Are From Uranus, part 1; conclusion.
New contributor Nick Allen introduces Shahnaz, a fortune teller with a cruel streak: Summer Fate.

João Ventura shows the consequences of political Disgrace.

Fairy tales usually end with ‘And they lived happily ever after.’ This one doesn’t. Or does it? Bill West, Beside the Pearl Fountains.
Poetry Richard H. Fay, Wandering Ole Willow
Mary B. McArdle, Veil


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Nick Allen and Yuvi Zalkow.
Challenge Challenge 322 wants to know What, When, and Why.
The Art
Deep Bora, Rohtang Pass, 4
NASA: Picture of the Day
Earth Observatory Picture of the Day
The Reading
Danielle L. Parker reviews Robin McKinley, Chalice

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.”

To Bewildering Stories’ schedule: In Times to Come

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