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What’s in Issue 444

Novel Workers sing happily in the cotton fields. Tolk’s “story” gives Donas official status in the community. Donas, in a yellow dress, eyes Nakoma’s crimson décolleté with some suspicion. Is trouble brewing or is a baby on the way? Mary B. McArdle, Give Them Wine
Novella Frederick the Writer and Marcus the Statesman fiercely debate the significance of John the Leader, who looks on bemusedly: Maxwell Jameson, The Man With a City in His Head, part 4; part 5.
Serial Sometimes grave robbers learn the hard way that tromping through spooky, dark, haunted crypts is more trouble than it’s worth: Matthew T. Acheson, Whispers From the North, part 3; part 4; conclusion.
Rinnie meets and marries Bailey Griff. She goes to great pains — mostly his — to convince him of her love: Marina J. Neary, Castration Doesn’t Hurt, part 1; part 2; part 3; part 4; part 5; part 6; part 7; part 8; conclusion.

How can CSA trooper John possibly survive the clever and assiduous attentions of his pet slave? The question must bedevil poor Josh Henry no end: Thomas Lee Joseph Smith, The Ballad of Josh Henry.

Will Andrew kick his drug addiction in order to inherit a tidy sum? Can he? Ron Van Sweringen, The Blue-Willow Teapot.
New contributor Sandra Crook shows what can happen when someone learns how to access the Internet but is clueless about its culture: Cyber Power.

Ready to go through airport security? There’s nothing like an impromptu rehearsal to make sure: Julie E. Painter, Open Containers.
Poetry David Barber, The Amherst Girl
Essay The next time you go to a potluck or a cocktail party, go dressed as a primatologist: Laura G. Weldon, Shunned by Polite Society.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Sandra Crook.
Challenge Challenge 442 Response: “Paradise Mislaid
Challenge 444: I’m a Little Teased Pot
The Reading
Danielle L. Parker reviews Gary Inbinder, The Flower to the Painter
The Photo
Ron Van Sweringen, Ron’s Exposition
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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