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What’s in Issue 472

Novel A prison governor and a police inspector seem particularly interested in the recent behaviour of two of the inmates. Six years earlier, the mysterious Xérus exploits his knowledge of the 1950s Marseilles underworld to recruit a leader for an intrepid bank robbery.
Michael E. Lloyd, Missing Emilie
Book I: Self Above All
Chapter 1: Something in the Air
Chapter 2: Nice Little Earner, part 1; part 2; part 3
Serial Ellie King, a professor of Russian, has just received an invitation to attend the 100th birthday party of an old friend in Moscow. Ellie is nostalgic, but she also has very mixed emotions.
Maria Kontak, A Very Convenient Affair, part 1, section 1; section 2
New contributor Javy R. Gwaltney depicts the fate of an Iraq War veteran who is forced to watch television and play video games for highly classified purposes: White Room Trials.

Sometimes stories revolve around characters who put in very brief — but productive — appearances: Ron Van Sweringen, The Ouija Board.

Emmett feels cursed by his grandfather’s guilt for an old crime: John W. Steele, The Red Man.
Life is not what one wants or expects, it is opportunity. Seize the day: Julie E. Painter, Ways Open, Ways Closed.
Poetry Mike Florian, Triangle Isle
Channie Greenberg, The Costs of Ransoming an Ugly Princess
Alessandro Cusimano, The Brigade — La Brigata
Rebecca Lu Kiernan, The Bat’s Shopping List
Essay The Scottish language is alive and well in its poetry: James Graham, Anent the Scots Leid....


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Javy R. Gwaltney
The Critics’
Bertil Falk, Ransacking Language
Challenge Challenge 472 says Check the Numbers.

Challenge 472 Response cites Chapter and Verse.
Letters Sari Friedman, The Joy of Reading in the First Quarterly Review
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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