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What’s in Issue 494

Novel Emilie’s journal paints a rather different picture of her time with Arthur. But Julia will continue to follow her own heart, so she and her man do what they must and then get out of Paris fast. Back in Nice, Arthur can pay his outstanding dues and look to the future.
Michael E. Lloyd,Missing Emilie
Book III: Lost in Action
Chapter 4: Love Hurts, part 1; part 2
Chapter 5: Home Truths, conclusion
Novella The Captain and May are disposed of. The short pirates and Buster vanish. Rosie is captured and disappears. Honeysuckle captures Flo but is apprehended in turn by the detective, who is not as bad as Mammy thought: Ron Van Sweringen, Flotation Jones, Chapter 12; Chapter 13; Chapter 14; Chapter 15, conclusion.
New contributor Alex Aro depicts a man who has a strange fixation on skin, never mind who’s wearing it: Skin.

Gardar Varinsson, the Riddle-Solver, is accused of a murder he didn’t commit. His fate depends on finding a clue hiding in plain sight: Bertil Falk, The Saga of the Murdered Bedfellow, part 1; part 2; conclusion.

New contributor Yelena Litinskaya has a librarian tell us about Tom, an artist who is far more skilled at portraiture than love: The Artist, part 1; conclusionKhudozhnik.

New contributor Beth J. Whiting tells what a new zombie in town needs to do first: get a job! Gertie and the Zombies.
New contributor Phil Temples provides comic relief with one of those jokes that’s made up backwards: When Pigs Fly.
Poetry Alessandro Cusimano, Cockaigne
Hongping Liu, Playing the Accordion
If you had to be somebody, would you be who you are or somebody else? Mel Waldman, I Am Your Creation.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Alex Aro, Yelena Litinskaya, Phil Temples, and Beth J. Whiting.
Challenge Challenge 493 Response says look like one and Talk Like One.
Challenge 494 has fun At the Fetish Festival.
The Reading
Tom Mahony, Flooding Granite, 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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