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What’s in Issue 421

Novel Jonas correctly guesses in which hospital he was born and obtains an official birth certificate. Will it be good enough for the Bureau of Personal Information Protection? Judging by the architecture of the building in which the Bureau is located, all bets are off: Ásgrímur Hartmannsson, Error, chapter 9
Serials The real and fake Roxies square off for a shoot-out, but the Sheriff has a steady aim this time and comes to the rescue. Or so it seems, for a moment... Glenn Gray, A Day in the Cornfield, part 13

Mark Twain, Sam Saperstein and others pop back and forth through time in the mysterious subway tunnel: Rob Hunter, Mark Twain in Milan, part 3; part 4.
New contributor Berdine Jordan portrays the grief of a mother who loses her son to a very peculiar mental disorder: Missing Morgan, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor Christopher Lee Kneram reports the diary of a spacefarer marooned on the Sun: The Wreck of the Perihelion Siren, part 1; conclusion.

Does nature have a music all its own? Sometimes a mother and daughter do: Mary B. McArdle, Highway Orchestrations.

Do not be quick to scorn an apparently narrow-minded old man if he insists on authenticity: P. F. White, How I Became an Electric Nun.
If an oracle warned you of danger, would you be superstitious to heed it? Gary Inbinder, Deviled Spam.

New contributor Monica Valentinelli employs the well-known fact that messages come in containers. But what if the container itself is a message, one that the sender does not want to be received? The Message.
Poetry Rebecca Lu Kiernan, Element
Oonah V. Joslin, Stick Dressing


Translation Carmen Ruggero, tr., El Arte poéticoBill Bowler, Ars poetica
Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Berdine Jordan, Christopher Lee Kneram, Cheryl W. Ruggiero and Monica Valentinelli.
The Critics’
Cheryl W. Ruggiero and Don Webb, Naming Characters
Challenge Challenge 421 channels The Raider of the Spanish Main.
Letters Oonah V. Joslin, When Poets Meet
The Reading
Kenneth Weene, Widow’s Walk excerpt
The Art
Üzeyir Lokman Çaycı, Postmodern Conductor
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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