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Novel The plot thickens: how can George Pike be smuggled aboard the Nimrod as an undercover agent? The driards perform a useful function, but what are they, exactly? And how can a seemingly foolproof navel microphone be foiled? Gabriel S. Timar, The Hades Connection, chapter 7; chapter 8, part 1; part 2.
Novella Why does Fred Looseman eventually become the Floozman we know? What is his motivation, and what do his adventures mean? This episode provides the key: Bertrand Cayzac, Floozman : First Episode with Figs and Riesling Floozman : épisode initial aux figues et au Riesling
Serial New contributor Sandra Y. MacKay introduces Johnny Riggs, whose mission is to save his supernaturally gifted daughter from alien abduction: Hell’s Fire, part 1.
New contributor Ben Bamber shows the problems that arise when space aliens somehow overlook young Caitlin in their program of implanting people with strange devices: Caitlin Invisible.

Beware of prospective room-renters who seem almost supernaturally compelling; they may be from outer space and even out of time: Rod Hamon, The Man Who Came From Nowhere, part 1; part 2; part 3; conclusion.

A tree is called upon to make the supreme sacrifice for a young friend: Alex Moisi, The Name of the Tree.

Is the Muttery Man a real demon or a figment? In either case, where does he come from? Julie Wornan, The Muttery Man.
If you want to eschew obfuscation and collect meaningful research data, you have two hours a month to ask the Department Chair for help: Channie Greenberg, Opening Remarks in the Sociology Department.

A stereotype is a cliché based on who one is. Turn it upside down, and the characters become real; it’s what they do that counts: Ron Van Sweringen, The Back of the Bus.
Arnold Hollander, In the Woods


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Ben Bamber and Sandra Yuen MacKay.
Challenge Challenge 347 discovers a man Redeeming the Fig Tree.
The Reading
Danielle L. Parker reviews A. Lee Martinez, The Automatic Detective
Editorial Don Webb explains the function of Round Tables and Discussions.
The Art
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art
NASA: Picture of the Day
Earth Observatory Picture of the Day

Bewildering Stories News

Forum: Jerry has been planning to update the Forum’s registration procedure since spambots began staging a run of automatic registration. That sort of thing is difficult to suppress manually. And we can’t be too careful: it may be a kind of camel’s nose under the tent, so to speak. Maybe we can use Captcha as a way to foil the spamsters, or maybe some other procedure. We shall see.

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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.”

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