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What’s in Issue 346

Novel George Pike is a hot commodity. Hades, Ltd. wants him to turn his pistol on himself and take “public transportation” if he’s caught by the guys in a car in hot pursuit. But George will enjoy the ride while it lasts, because Cleo herself is a hot car driver in more ways than one:
Gabriel S. Timar, The Hades Connection, chapter 5, part 1, part 2; chapter 6.
Novella Fred Looseman is on the way down both figuratively and literally, much like a primordial atom that retains in itself a memory of the Big Bang:
Bertrand Cayzac, Floozman : First Episode with Figs and Riesling
Part 1: He Goes Down
Floozman : épisode initial aux figues et au Riesling
1re partie : Il descend
When do you really know an old relationship is over? When the couple no longer speak the same language: Noel Denvir, Denise.

New contributor Rudy Eiland brings a young man to the deathbed of an old man. There’s some laundry left to do; it’s important both to wash and to use The Shirt.

Morriss Feruson is once again the prey of sinister forces, namely his colleague and nemesis the star anthropologist Dr. Cecily Seck, as well as tarantulas, cats, grad students... You name it, they’re out to get him: Sue Parman, The Bone Lady’s Revenge, part 1; conclusion.

Have you ever wondered how much slapstick artists pay for accident insurance? Can they even get any? Thomas Lee Joseph Smith, Help Wanted.
Karl and Stew can take a brief respite from the shape-shifting ‘turds’ from outer space. They now have reinforcements in the form of the sheriff’s daughter, Army veteran Roxy Maynard: Glenn Gray, A Day in the Cornfield, part VII.

New contributor Pat Hauldren introduces Devy, who tries to be a good housewife. But there are so many strays and homeless, and so little time: Catsup.
New contributor Holly Day, Discipline
Essay Real estate values depend on location. And some political problems belong in the low-rent district: Viacheslav Yatsko, My Solution to the Kuril Islands Problem, part 1; conclusion.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Holly Day, Rudy Eiland, and Pat Hauldren.
Challenge Challenge 345 Response: Crystalwizard, “The Icebox”
Challenge 346: Sometimes a Cigar is Not Just a Cigar
The Reading
Danielle L. Parker reviews Elizabeth Bear, New Amsterdam
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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