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What’s in Issue 417

Novel Mac takes Jonas to meet Frank, who may be able to get Jonas a job. After the comforts of home, the car radio and his automobile, Jonas finds Kabbalistic cryptograms and the prospect of violent employment unsettling.
Ásgrímur Hartmannsson, Error, chapter 5
Novella Capt. Jim Blunt gets his marching orders from his handler Verity. Blunt goes to meet Yizm the Witch Doctor and buy information about the Charnel Spectre.
Danielle L. Parker, Death King, chapter 7; chapter 8
A mother distraught at her son’s death in an accident finds comfort with a young man similarly bereaved: Chris Castle, Left Behind.

New contributor Vivian Rinaldo introduces Carli, Leddie and Frank, a trio of unlikely friends: Name That Tune.

Thomas Lee Joseph Smith takes a sarcastic view of the failed plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler: Valkyrie of the Apes.

New contributor Larry Strattner sends Steven Newmann on a bus ride that takes him to a strange destination and an ominous fate: The Bus to 9th and Waldo.
Antonio is a sign painter by trade, an artist by avocation. But he has a true artist’s sublime wish for perfection: Ron Van Sweringen, The Last Madonna.
Poetry Channie Greenberg, Bucking at Social Mores
Arnold Hollander, Dollar-Bill Phil
Anna Ruiz, Angry Hippos
Memoir Once you go there, even as a tourist, you can’t come back: Henry F. Tonn, An Afternoon at Buchenwald.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Vivian Rinaldo.
Challenge Challenge 416 Responses:
Oonah V. Joslin, on “Clear Sailing”
Bewildering Stories discusses Punctuation and E. E. Cummings

Challenge 417: Name That Box
The Reading
Kenneth Weene, Memoirs From the Asylum, excerpt
The Art
Richard Ong, Medusa’s Tears
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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