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What’s in Issue 416

Novel Jonas is introduced to some shady contacts who may be able to get him a job. Jonas would do very well as a used-car salesman even if he doesn’t officially exist.
Ásgrímur Hartmannsson, Error, chapter 4
Novella Capt. Jim Blunt surreptitiously crashes a New Year’s eve party and makes contact with the dread Thanatos himself.
Danielle L. Parker, Death King, chapter 6
A broken nose augurs ill for a model’s career, but all is far from lost: Marina J. Neary, Inside the Rotten Apple, part 1; part 2; conclusion.

Young Julio leaves his village on a mysterious quest and finds himself thrust into an even more mysterious outside world: Richard Ong, The Sleeping God, part 1; part 2; part 3; part 4; conclusion.
New contributor Kenneth Weene shows how the world ends: with a whimper and without Apple Pies and Elephants.
Poetry Oonah V. Joslin, Clear Sailing
Cleveland W. Gibson, From Behind the Green Door
Rebecca Lu Kiernan, Please Excuse My Absence From Myself
Memoirs Bertil Falk dreamt he was writing a book review and woke up to find that he was: Memory Slip.

New contributor Natalie Lang depicts a young girl who throws a wild party. She’s too young to be responsible but old enough to take the blame: From the Beginning.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Natalie Lang and Kenneth Weene.
Challenge Challenge 416: Pristine Plastic Bottles?
Letters Rebecca Lu Kiernan, An Invitation
The Reading
Salvatore Buttaci, Flashing My Shorts, excerpt
The Art
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art
NASA: Picture of the Day
Sky and Telescope, This Week’s Sky at a Glance

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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