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What’s in Issue 331

Novel Richard K. Lyon, The Long Dark Road to Wizardry
Readers know by now that Wizardry is a classic of the sword and sorcery genre. The first two episodes of Book VI gives us a taste of what sword and sorcery can really do.
Book VI: The Puppet’s War
Episode 1: A Deadly Reflection
Episode 2: Can I Trust the Man Who’s Holding a Sword to My Throat?
Novella Young Brian Mudd enjoys cruising the astral planes, but in doing so he’s become the apprentice of Lord Naqual. Brian’s indenture to the sinister spirit threatens to spoil the good he finds in life: John W. Steele, Beyond the Island, chapter 1; chapter 2.
Serial Are you having relationship problems? Look out the window one night: those UFO’s in the sky may be the problem — or the solution: Jack Alcott, The Visitors, part 1; part 2.
New contributor Jeff Baker suggests that the dread of death might be alleviated by an ‘answer in the back of the book’, so to speak, at the end of the universe: Darwin’s God.

While a suburban neighborhood sleeps, its fate is decided in a quarrel on its peaceful streets: Elliot R. Dorfman, The Future of Mankind.

A son responds to his sister’s entreaty to return for a last visit to his dying mother. He has plenty of reasons not to want to go, but duty calls: Wayne C. Peake, Jr., The Shades of Willow’s Creek, part 1; conclusion.

What shall we do with the emotionally disorganized tourist? Jerry Vilhotti, Don’t Stand on Ceremony.
New contributor Joanna Cannon records a dementia patient’s thoughts about her declining health: Roses in December.

The answers to all our questions may lie at the end of the universe, but here and now there’s no business like show business. And the show must go on: Diana Pollin, Extreme Makeover.
Poetry Bill Bowler, Poems to Louise H. Arnold Hollander, Sitting in the Shade
Oonah V. Joslin, Spring’s Uplift
Essay New contributor Scott E. Rupp depicts the experience of an apparently peaceful river scene: Where the Night is Black and Uninvaded.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Jeff Baker and Scott E. Rupp.
The Critics’
Bill Bowler, Translating Russian Poetry
Scott E. Rupp, Author’s Note
Challenge Challenge 330 Response: Oonah V. Joslin, Not His Last Duchess
Challenge 331 recalls that A Tree Is Known by Its Fruit.
Letters Danielle L. Parker, Con Virgin Tests the Waters
The Reading
Bertil Falk reviews Robert Randall, A Little Intelligence
The Art
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art
NASA: Picture of the Day
Earth Observatory Picture of the Day

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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