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What’s in Issue 493

Novel Julia and Arthur criss-cross the unhappy city of Paris, following the clues as they steadily emerge, and finally establish what has become of Emilie. But what to do now?
Michael E. Lloyd, Missing Emilie
Book III: Lost in Action
Chapter 3: The Long Day Closes, part 1; part 2
Novella Flo, Tucker and their new-found friends have been shanghaied and taken to a desert island. They escape, but Buster must lead them past the quicksand in a swamp: Ron Van Sweringen, Flotation Jones, Chapter 9; Chapter 10; Chapter 11.
Serial Roy may benefit from his compromise with the “bugs,” but Susan may give him second thoughts: C. J. Simpson, A Home World Like Roy, part 4; conclusion.
Ralph has made a strange agreement with the dogfish at his favorite fishing place. In the end, he figures he owes them something: Edward Ahern, The Dogfisherman.

New contributor Russell Bradbury-Carlin introduces Chris, who lives in an allegorical forest with his grandfather’s ghost. Chris can perpetuate the family tradition or find the front door: Tree Soup, part 1; part 2; conclusion.

New contributor Jason R. DePriest depicts a sinister grade-school teacher who has an unusual way of devouring her pupils: Ridge World.
Beast, beware villagers bearing this sacrificial virgin. You know not what they bring! Sandra Crook, Bossy and the Beast.
Poetry B. Z. Niditch, October, Far Away
Memoir Mama is kind and considerate to a fault. But she’s also very clever: Charles C. Cole, The Cat Who Came in From the Rain.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Russell Bradbury-Carlin and Nathan Rosen.
The Critics’
Bewildering Stories discusses “The Man in the Mirror...
Challenge Challenge 493 asks What Shall We Do With Interesting Characters?
Film Review
New contributor Nathan Rosen, The Man in the Mirror and the Monster in the Middle
The Photo
Richard Ong, X-Filers
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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