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What’s in Issue 657

News “Nothing exceeds like success,” as we’re fond of saying. We’re trying to streamline the review process and have added two Coordinating Editors to help Bill Bowler — now Chief Coordinating Editor — manage submissions in longer prose. We already have two Special Editors, for flash fiction and poetry. You’ll find that the Bewildering Stories Crew rosters have been significantly updated.
Novels The Old Consultant explains to Gérard the monetization of Being. The police arrive. The Cyborgs are blamed. All rush to the beach, where a riot ensues.
Bertrand Cayzac, Floozman in Space
Chapter 20: The Great Zombie, part 2

The biology team sends the Watermelon submersible to explore the deep hole on Dioptra. Meanwhile, Nannion undertakes explorations of her own.
Elous Telma, Oikos Nannion
Novellas The Old Man counts his gold. Lohman and his Grunts pursue Frank and Hildy. Stevens discovers that the transmutation machine has alarming side effects: Terry L. Mirll, Karat Cake, part 10; part 11.

Aaron brings Anini a present. She tells him who the space aliens are and demonstrates her devices for warding them off.
Bruce Pavalon, Space Girl Blues
What if being shot out of a cannon could be a new way to fly? Leave it to humanity to turn any innocent invention into a weapon. Robert Earle, Weapons-Grade Humanity.

In Hollywood, some dreams may come true; others, not quite as expected: Ron Van Sweringen, The Land of Make-Believe.
Drama What emotions might a father and son exchange when the law makes the father’s 80th birthday his last? Charles C. Cole, Happy Transition Day.
Edward Ahern, Damn Dog Died
Lana Bella, The Quiet Roots of an Ancient Tree
New contributor Andrea Laws, A Disfigured Persona with Vivid Streams


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Andrea Laws.
Challenge Challenge 656 Response: “Pink Flowers” Explained
Challenge 657 goes Sniffing in the Depths.
The Art
David McDaniel, Complementary Plants
Richard Ong, Tree of Life

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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