The Readers’ Guide
What’s in Issue 389
A well-intentioned but unhappily titled birthday gift flips the vulnerable Donna Burgess into a crisis of identity, which soon escalates into a dangerous cocktail of hallucinations, delusions and a solo quixotic crusade.|
Michael E. Lloyd, Donna’s Men
DJ has always wanted to be a Genie, live amongst humans, and grant wishes. His naivety and adventurous nature ensure that things don’t run altogether smoothly, and as Genie of the Jam, he gets into some sticky situations.|
Oonah V. Joslin, A Genie in a Jam
Chapter 1: Of Elders and Rhubarb
After Skippy’s suburban town is ravaged by a nuclear bomb, he is enslaved by outlaws. He escapes and undertakes a hazardous journey across America to an ironic refuge in Colorado.
Frederick D. Rustam, Skippy’s World
Chapter 1: Beyond the Blue Horizon
|Serial||You may strive to perfect an ever more human-like android, but you do so at your peril: Bill Bowler, Charlenes 2 and 3, part 1; part 2.|
Four friends play a summer-long game of illegal but harmless break-ins at temporarily unoccupied houses. The game is fun and somehow a bit pointless. Or is it? Chris Castle, Four Masks.|
Is Debra a liar and a thief? Or is she simply the girl with the unaccountably red hair? Diana Pollin, Good Writing, part 1; conclusion.
New contributor Matthew Wanniski introduces Mr. Coddling, who has the magical talent of disappearing into mirrors, which hold other worlds. Is he dangerous? Set a trap for him: The Metaphysician’s Mirror.
Don’t play the game of tempting Fate. Heads, it wins; tails, you lose: Peter Charles, The Argument.|
What might have happened to John Dillinger in an alternate reality? J. B. Hogan, Outside the Biograph Theatre.
Why would one seek the safety of the wall when a splendid day beckons in the center of the room? Harry Lang, Chuchundra.
|Poetry||Anna Ruiz, Magritte in the Morning|
|John Stocks, Only Child|
|Essay||Michael D. Brooks, One is the Loneliest Number|
Challenge 387: Terry Hamel, “Pit of Sorrows”Challenge 389 suspects that Fate Rolls Loaded Dice.
Challenge 388: Bill Bowler and Don Webb discuss “The Embrace of the Four-Armed Houri”
|Channie Greenberg, Oblivious to the Obvious, excerpt|
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art|
NASA: Picture of the Day
Earth Observatory Picture of the Day
Our Earth as Art
Bewildering Stories News
Serials: “Charlenes 2 and 3” is complete on line as of this issue. You can also read ahead a chapter or two in A Genie in a Jam and Skippy’s World, as the tables of contents permit.
Randomly selected Bewildering motto:
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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.”
Readers’ reactions are always welcome.
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