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What’s in Issue 460

Novel Earth has spurned the Galactic Union’s offer of aid in qualifying for membership. Some human refugees on Dreamer’s World begin work to prevent Earth’s being ostracized from the galaxy:
euhal allen, The Bridge: a New Beginning
Chapter 1: Starting Over, part 1
Novellas Omar Jones has suffered tragic loss on Earth but may find consolation in the depths of space:
Bill Bowler, The Shepherd of Zakhbaal
New contributor Faith H. Goble introduces Michael, who has a strange medical condition but finds work in the capital city of a race of genetically modified, hyper-intelligent birds: Birdland, chapter 1.
‘What would Superman do?’ That question and some friends help a firefighter face a crippling addiction: Scott D. Coon, The Hero Rush, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor Dean Giles gives an Artificial Intelligence an ironic name and an impossible decision to make. When lost in the intergalactic void, what is the human thing to do? DAVE, part 1; part 2; conclusion.

The Cat-Witch can take many forms, and she wants revenge: S. J. McKenzie, The Cat-Witch of Laggan, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor John Walsh depicts the war with the Thel. ‘The Thel, of course, was designed to suppress beyond-communications. We had been enlisted to fight against this outrage. The war had lasted for lifetimes’: Thel.
A paper book can be a souvenir of better times even for a young boy: Julie Wornan, Grandpa’s Book.

What shall we do when a robot loses its mind on a spaceship? LaVerne Zocco, XLZ.
Poetry Alessandro Cusimano, Babylon — Babilonia
Rebecca Lu Kiernan, What the Fire Saw
Joseph Farley, Come Along
Memoir Post-operative stress can cause strange personality shifts: Charles C. Cole, A Visitor in the Night.


Dr. Jeannette Norden, On Storytelling in Teaching
Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Dean Giles, Faith Goble, and John Walsh.
Discussion Bewildering Stories discusses Spelling and the Playground.
Challenge Challenge 460: In the Cards
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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