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The Readers’ Guide

What’s in Issue 548

Novel Earl plays his piano and joins Stella and Henry in conversation. He warns them about Elroy and Brooks:
Sherman Smith, Two Blind Men and a Fool
Novella The artificial intelligence of the Demeter tells Driscoll some hard facts about survival on the desert planet:
Mark Bonica, Spiraling In
New contributor Shaun Hayes takes us into the mind of an old lady who carries a big grudge — against everybody: Mrs. Carmichael’s Best, part 1; part 2; conclusion.

Royal Astronomer Tche faces a choice between superstition, politics and science. Is it a real choice? Harry Lang, The Ministry of Heavenly Understanding, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor Sherri Cook Woosley brings a widow and the Other Woman together over a bowl of soup after a husband’s funeral: Two Sides of a Triangle, part 1; conclusion.
Why might a monitor lizard become a little grouchier than usual when she espies someone wearing reddish-brown boots? Channie Greenberg, Becoming a Grifter.
Poetry John Grey, To Space and Back
Jason C. Ford, Thoughts Following a Storm
Oonah V. Joslin, Music to My Ears


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Shaun Hayes and Sherri Cook Woosley.
The Critics’
Don Webb discusses Shorthand: Classic and Predictable.
Challenge Challenge 548 has a request: Play It Again, Earl.
Challenge 548 Response discusses What’s Behind the “Grifter”.
The Reading
Danielle L. Parker reviews Seanan McGuire, Ashes of Honor.
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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