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The Readers’ Guide

What’s in Issue 553

Novel Herbert Mann invents a rule against music, and Earl is next on Elroy’s list of enemies to be purged. Meanwhle, Ivory and some new-found friends have other ideas.
Sherman Smith, Two Bind Men and a Fool
Chapter 14: Where Am I To Go?
Chapter 15: Time To Take a Stand
Novella As new life begins to stir on planet Rogue, Demeter and Persephone complete the spiral of events with the realization of what they have been doing — and becoming.
Mark Bonica, Spiraling In
13: Year 825, conclusion
When fish and birds are gone, life drains away from more than the sea: Grove Koger, Treacherous Waters.

New contributor Prashila Naik introduces Rajat, who has a conflicted past but is in love — in his own way — with Shreya, a Dream Woman.

The faithful butler Harold discovers that he must decide whether his sister Rose is a blessing or a curse: Owen Traylor, Life and Death in Eaton Square.
Can a hallucination leave a paper trail? Walter Giersbach, Scouting Alternatives.
Poetry New contributor Stephen Ellams, What Might Have Been
B. Z. Niditch, Intergalactic Poet
New contributor Harley King, Open Media
Essay Channie Greenberg explains The Need for Staid Midlifers to Write Bizarro Texts.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Stephen Ellams, Harley King. and Prashila Naik.
Discussion Bewildering Stories discusses Spiraling In.
Challenge Challenge 553 seeks the Spiral’s Center.
The Reading
Danielle L. Parker, A Shopping List: Maritime Marvels
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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