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What’s in Issue 412

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Drama The story of Kip, Wynfield and Diana ends in bittersweet tragedy, even for the visitor Victor Hugo: Marina J. Neary, Hugo in London, scene 15; scene 16, conclusion.
Novella Years after the discovery of the derelict spaceship, the descendants of Nadezhda Sidorova find that she has been memorialized on an alien world: Kir Bulychev, Half a Life, chapter 6, conclusion.
Sometimes it’s what you say that counts, more than the way you say it: A. Frank Bower, Rebooting.

What to make of ancient writing taken out of context, especially when it’s cryptic aphorisms? Bertil Falk, Sotielkareh.

New contributor J. Scott Hardin depicts Ezra, who made a profound choice when young and now discovers how it affects the afterlife: The Needle, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor Ryan McGrail introduces Nick and Eddy, who can hardly be called friends. But they have to work together when Ed’s magic spells take on a life of their own: The War of the Chalk Golems.

Remember the saying “It’s the thought that counts”? Maxie Mallone goes to a lot of trouble to bring a Christmas present to a lady she doesn’t know. The gift will lead nowhere except perhaps to a certain peace — and that is the thought that counts: Ron Van Sweringen, Finding the Way Home for Christmas.

What if you could do historical research through time travel? But there’s a catch: if you change history, you can’t come home. The ‘special ops’ agents in training have some hard choices to make: Don Webb, Taking Notice
John Stocks, Mozart’s Requiem


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes J. Scott Hardin and Ryan McGrail.
Challenge Challenge 412 enjoins: Notice This.
Discussion Bewildering Stories discusses Time Travel.
The Art
Richard Ong, Enchanted Scarlet
NASA: Picture of the Day
Sky and Telescope, This Week’s Sky at a Glance

Bewildering Stories News

Year’s End: This is the last regular issue of 2010. The Fourth Quarterly Review will appear in the week of December 20th and the Annual Review in the week of December 27th. We resume regular publication with issue 413 on January 3, 2011.

Holidays: Bewildering Stories has no official holiday issues. However, we do try to schedule themed works in the issues appearing before the holidays for which they’re intended. We wish our readers happy holidays, whichever you observe.

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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.”

To Bewildering Stories’ schedule: In Times to Come

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