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What’s in Issue 653

Novels Aboard the spaceship Lighthouse, a well-informed journalist interviews Dr. Weenie about experiments in expanded consciousness. They seem to involve little yellow pills...
Bertrand Cayzac, Floozman in Space
Chapter 19: Set and Setting, part 1

Meni likes whales and dolphins well enough, but her real love is the deep sea and the mystery of the Aquarium island, Dioptra.
Elous Telma, Oikos Nannion
Novellas Frank wakes up in a hospital. He has many urgent questions. Where are his clothes? Where is Dippy? Where is his secret data? And who is Brunhilde Evans? Terry R. Mirll, Karat Cake, part 5.

Aaron follows Anini’s mirrored umbrella. He finds she considers him a kind of Schrödinger’s cat.
Bruce Pavalon, Space Girl Blues
Chapter 6: The Cat Came Back
Rani makes many sacrifices for her mother, brother, sister and their families. You’d expect them to appreciate her, wouldn’t you? Rudy Ravindra, Cash Cow, part 1; part 2; conclusion

New contributor Sean Silleck takes David and Renee on a long hike into the wilderness, a trek that summarizes The Unhappy Life of an Ad Man, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor Kitley Wellington describes a friendly game on which rather unlikely stakes are wagered: Cricket in Surlingame, part 1; conclusion.
Poetry James Robert Rudolph, To Burn the Sky Yellow
Edward Ahern, Ebb Tide
New contributor Pushkar Bisht, On Your Returning


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Pushkar Bisht, Sean Silleck, and Kitley Wellington.
Challenge Challenge 650 Response: Elous Telma, Oikos Nannion and Science
Challenge 653 remembers that “clothes make the man” and sees how Clothes Make the Space Alien, too.
The Art
Denny Marshall, Dormant Orchard
Richard Ong, Twisted Mansion

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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