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What’s in Issue 486

Novel Arthur tries harder to locate Thérèse, but finds someone a little different. At last he has a soul mate in whom he can confide — when pressed. As Julia learns more and more about the man, she has to keep weighing up the pros and cons of sticking with him.
Michael E. Lloyd, Missing Emilie
Book II: Reparations
Chapter 7: Irresistible Objects, part 1; part 2; part 3
Novella Iris observes Clara and her friends discuss colors in sculpture. White, they conclude, is little used because it connotes deception. Nonetheless, Clara points out how that might be a good thing: Karen B. Kaplan, Upward Spiral, part 3a; part 3b.
Serial New contributor E. L. Skip Knox introduces Driver and a hitchhiker named John or Johnny. Who are they? Where are they going, and why? Their pursuer will force them to answer those questions: The Roadmaster, part 1; part 2.
After the world-wide climate crash, military hardware makes soldier “proxies” possible. What might happen if a “proxy” could take control of its own programming? David Barber, Memories of the Ice Age.

Mac has had a little too much to drink to be sufficiently cautious about investigating a haunted house: Crystalwizard, Home, Sweet Home.

Adoption can be a tricky business: Channie Greenberg, An Awkward Letter,

Mr. Samuels talks to Brent, a severely disturbed student who is about to jump off a high ledge of a building: Morris Marshall, A Planned Intervention.
Poetry David Adès, The Three Moons of Tenoa
Alessandro Cusimano, The Flowery Meadow — Il Prato fiorito
Hongping Liu, Song of Spring


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes E. L. Skip Knox.
Interview Bewildering Stories interviews Rachel V. Olivier.
Challenge Challenge 486 advises: Catch the Next Ark.
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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