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What’s in Issue 418

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Novel Frank takes Jonas to a dark place and gives him a list of ten people to whom Jonas must deliver ten bags of... Jonas knows not what.
Ásgrímur Hartmannsson, Error, chapter 6
Novella Captain Blunt pays Dingle to implant a self-destruct device. Then he sets out for a rendezvous with Thanatos. First stop: a moon of the planet Britney’s Butt.
Danielle L. Parker, Death King, chapter 9; chapter 10
A dead bird and a dumpster lead to a profound discussion of winning and losing: Gary Inbinder, Mr. Nemo and the Dead Bird.

Sometimes even a would-be queen can be jolted back into reality: Marina J. Neary, Let Them Eat Cat Food, parts 1-2; parts 3-4; part 5, conclusion.

New contributor Tamara Podella introduces Mathew and Ramona, who are fans of the same comic-book hero. But that hero has nothing on the nightmare that Mathew lives in at home: Nightmare Jack, part 1; part 2, conclusion.
Is there intelligent life in the universe? Count out any that screams mad imprecations: Salvatore Buttaci, Quite a Catch
Poetry New contributor Gary Hewitt, House of Six
Oonah V. Joslin, Change Has Tenses All Its Own
Essay People normally move mostly in two dimensions; that’s why flying can be such a thrill: Richard Ong, Dangerous Ballet.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Gary Hewitt and Tamara Podella.
Discussion Oonah V. Joslin and Don Webb discuss Punctuation, Reading, and Language.
Bewildering Stories discusses a case of Unorthodox Punctuation.
Challenge Challenge 417 Response: Cheryl Ruggiero, Names in “Left Behind”

Challenge 418 figures we’re Doomed to Repeat It.
Letters Henry F. Tonn, About Richard Daughtry
The Reading
Danielle L. Parker reviews Charles Yu, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
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

Bewildering Stories News

A Semi-Quarterly Review: This issue brings us to the halfway point of the first quarter, and the Quarterly Review — due on March 21st, after isue 423 — will be upon us before we know it. At current estimates, the Review Board has voted 6 titles into the 2011 Annual Review and 12 more into the First Quarterly Review. And those are conservative estimates.

We’d like to hear from you, the readers and contributors. Which titles would you select for the First Quarterly Review from issues 413 to 418? We’d like to be able to report results in a future issue. Please feel free to add comments, if you like. Identities will be considered confidential; we’ll omit your name unless you tell us to cite it.

The previous issues in this quarter are accesible from our Home Page, but here are the links again, for your convenience: 413, 414, 415, 416, 417.

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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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