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What’s in Issue 450

Novels Lionel has been plotting all along to foil Donas’ escape. Nakoma reveals her motive, and another voice from the shadows intervenes: Mary B. McArdle, Give Them Wine
Dr. Mac Pherson explains his obsessive need to cure his patient, K.: Phillip Donnelly, Kev the Vampire
Novella The Guardian ponders the unexpected appearance and disappearance of Fred Hart. Jake takes the reports of odd radio signals to his superior, Curt Jackson: Richard M. Smith, A Bridge to Earth, chapter 3, part 1
Serial Joe is not going to overcome his arch-rival, the oligarch Jeong Dae, but Tom Farrell has a ruse that will save Joe and appear to give Dae everything he wants: Dan Reed, Boys from the Neighborhood, conclusion.

Veela is finally released from the narwals but must tell Alcyb the djinn she cannot love him. Alcyb has never taken rejection lightly: Christine E. Schulze, A Thousand and One Maidens, conclusion.
John Cullen reports to his minister that he suspects a sea monster is prowling in the loch but is greeted with skepticism, and John’s daughter Megan pays no heed to the lurking horror: S. J. McKenzie, The Smith and the Water-Horse, part 1; conclusion.

Sometimes one of the parties in a ‘perfect match’ is just unclear on the concept: Robert H. Prestridge, Perfect Match, part 1; conclusion.

What force might come to avenge victims of violence when they are down and out and on the road? Leonard Schlenz, Pearl,
Ogling, honor and envy collide at the football pitch: Sandra Crook, The Bottom Line.
Poetry Alessandro Cusimano, Amsterdam Wide Dreams
John W. Steele, Matador
Walt Trizna, Dragon Eggs


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Alessandro Cusimano.
Challenge Challenge 450 complains Now You Tell Me.
The Critics’
Bewildering Stories discusses “Boys from the Neighborhood.”
The Reading
Michael Phillips, Reign of the Nightmare Prince, excerpt
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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