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The Readers’ Guide

What’s in Issue 554

News This is the last regular issue of Bewildering Stories in 2013. Next week we’ll bring you the editors’ choices in the Fourth Quarterly Review and, the week after, in the 2013 Annual Review. We resume regular publication with issue 555 on January 6, 2014.
Best wishes to our readers, contributors and editors for merrie holidays and a happy New Year!
Novel Earl Crier has been robbed and cast out on the street. He searches for a friend of Henry Akita’s. Pursued and trapped by the “dragon” of dark memories, Earl finds he is still at war; only the setting has changed.
Sherman Smith, Two Blind Men and a Fool
Chapter 16: Lift Every Voice
Chapter 17: The Blues Have Never Seemed So Deep
In an invasion, a hostile land can be a defender’s best ally: Colin W. Campbell, The Chess Player of the Desert.

At Carnival time in Venice, what might one find in an old curiosity shop? Very likely a peau de chagrin: Ross Smeltzer, The Masque of Ascension, part 1; part 2; conclusion.

Sometimes art can provide the most vivid visual memories: Ron Van Sweringen, The Last Rose of Summer.
What’s important in life is not what happens before or after, it’s what happens in between: Sam Bellotto Jr., Finding Miss Penelope.
Poetry Oonah V. Joslin, Death Among the Apples
Visalakshi Viswanathan, In Memphis
New contributor John F. Keane, Lord of Time


Where is home? That’s less important than what it is: Roch Carrier, Coming Home, Going Home : tr. Don Webb
Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes John F. Keane.
Challenge Challenge 554 seeks high and low and Both Here and There.
Letters Kenneth Harmon tells how Success Began at Bewildering Stories.
Oonah V. Joslin explicates “Death Among the Apples.”
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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