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What’s in Issue 439

Novel Perce’s funeral has the unexpected side effect of giving young Donas nightmares. Meanwhlie she’s suffering growing pains: Mary B. McArdle, Give Them Wine
Novella Ravi leads a merry chase across the world and into space: Mark Kertzman, The Mississippi Company, chapter 13; chapter 14; chapter 15; chapter 16.
Serial ‘It seemed like a good reason at the time’ might be the sad refrain of a tiger king who has his priorities wrong — and doesn’t know who his real friends are: Hongping Liu, The King of the Forest
New contributor Garrett Calcaterra presents Jeremy, who considers the toy robot Robbie a menace. Where does his little brother Davey fit into all this? Take It Easy.

What is the sinister figure that Simon Baker’s uncle saw? Through diligent research, Simon learns... that he doesn’t really want to know: Michael S. Collins, The Watcher.

What Billie Occasion sees through Edward the octopus’ eyes is unsettling enough; what Edward sees through her eyes is downright scary: Bertil Falk, A Touch of Something Else.

Kate has been jilted, but is Rudy the dolphin really to blame? Walter Giersbach, Fish Stories and the Mermaid.
New contributor Mike Florian introduces young Adam, who loves to cover the walls of his room with pictures of animals. Just leave his room alone and you’ll be all right: Adam’s Family.
Poetry Rebecca Lu Kiernan, Identity
Essay When searching for a word, how does the mind think about it? Shayne Holzman, A Word Problem.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Garrett Calcaterra and Mike Florian.
The Critics’
Don Webb, When East Isn’t East
Challenge Challenge 439 shakes The Mandrill’s Hand.
The Art
Üzeyir Lokman Çaycı, Points South
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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