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What’s in Issue 353

Novel Esther’s arrival in the Third Dimension makes for a confusing pair of stories, but she can help newsman Mike Horn with his price for arranging a high-level political conference:
Gabriel S. Timar, The Hades Connection
Novellas Saving the world is a cosmic imperative, but Fred Looseman feels he’d rather just live a little and have some fun:
Bertrand Cayzac, Floozman : First Episode with Figs and Riesling
Mrak comes to threaten Wobble and then goes to Cynthia’s apartment. Afterwards, it’s Wally’s turn to go to Mrak’s place and hear his semi-confession:
Bill Bowler, The Bohemian
Chapter 12: The Warning
Chapter 13: The Fateful Night
Serial New contributor Tabaré Alvarez takes Dutch and Mrs. Medina out to solve a case on behalf of the mayor. The two new partners in detective work will find themselves in very close quarters in a seemingly haunted apartment building: The Troubleshooters, part 1; part 2; part 3.
New contributor Shayne Holzman introduces Winona, who meets Penelope, and finally becomes Leah. Their experiences are strange, realistic, and unsettling: Color My Face.

If this goes on... xenophobia can lead to tribal warfare and new kinds of tribes: Dwight Krauss, The Long Range Forecast, part 1; conclusion.

Where is Surmel held prisoner? Not in a literal jail of concrete and steel: Brin Manoogian-O’Dell, Surmel’s Litany.

Mad anthropologist Cecily Sekt loves cats, but they unaccountably and invariably fail to return the favor. Morriss Ferguson is allergic to his own cat, ‘C’, but it can be counted on to save the day in a cat’s unpredictable way: Sue Parman, Return of the Bone Lady, part 1; part 2; conclusion.
New contributor Eric Bennett explores an undertaker’s illicit perquisites: A Good Tailor.

Have you been having doubts about epistemology lately? Just make sure to apply it appropriately: Harry Lang, All This Talk.
Poetry Marina J. Neary, Interview With Mary Magdalene
Essay A classic author of science fiction whom everyone ought to know: Bertil Falk, Alfred Bester: a Science Fiction Pioneer.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Tabaré Alvarez, Eric Bennett, and Shayne Holzman.
Challenge Challenge 353 A Pair of Visits
The Reading
Julie Eberhart Painter, Mortal Coil (excerpt)
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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