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The Readers’ Guide

What’s in Issue 503

New contributor Gary Clifton shows to what absurd lengths conspiracy theories can lead — and why: Infinity’s Conclusion.

Kafka the Cat comes to Nemo’s aid in an existential crisis: Gary Inbinder, Nemo on the Shore.

New contributor Bill Kowaleski introduces Cindy and Sean, as unlikely a couple as ever was. But they need each other, because they’re both outside the law — on their own worlds: Cindy’s New Profession, part 1; part 2; conclusion.

You know the advice to the gullible about buying “a pig in a poke” or something that’s “too good to be true.” What if the too-good pig is bad beyond belief? Morris J. Marshall, Word of Mouth, part 1; conclusion.

Two unspeaking and unspeakable neighbors get more than their just desserts: Steven Servis, Delmur and the Old Man.

When you’re a political canvasser, there is some solace in being weird: Thomas Lee Joseph Smith, To Rest When I Can.
Poetry Rebecca Lu Kiernan, An Affair With Time
B. Z. Niditch, Beginning My Day
Hongping Liu, Towards Sunset


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Gary Clifton and Bill Kowaleski.
Challenge Challenge 503 is busily Ironizing Shirts.
The Reading
J. B. Hogan, The Apostate, excerpt
The Art
New contributor John Dubois, Sprocket Assembly
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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