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The Readers’ Guide

What’s in Issue 723

Serial The medieval relic peddlers are on their way to the Holy Land. Political complications arise that have an eerie resemblance to those of today.
Michael Díaz Fieto, The Relic-Mongers
Chapter 6: Redness; Chapter 7: Epistle; Chapter 8: Taxes;
Chapter 9: A Big Cat; Chapter 10: Too Future
Short
Stories
Texas Ranger Henry Paul Brannigan hears of cattle rustlers. Two newcomers in town soon put him and his friend Bear Smith on their trail, heading for a true Wild West showdown: Gary Clifton, Border Jumpers, part 1; conclusion.

Sam is a mild, well-meaning fellow who has only one problem: two fiancées. What can he do but split? And he does, in a manner of speaking: Matthew Harrison, The Difference Splitter, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor Sjoerd van Wijk shows a father celebrating his daughter’s birthday. Where better to wish her a Happy Tenth but in the City of Light... and life?
Poetry New contributor Scott E. Green & Herb Kauderer, War Games
Douglas Young, The Ultimate Refuge
Short
Poetry
Shola Balogun, Falcon
Essay The younger generation will surely be amazed to learn what computers and communications were like in the olden days, almost thirty years ago: Charles B Pettis, How I Learned to Love the Internet.

Departments

Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Scott E. Green and Sjoerd van Wijk.
Challenge Challenge 723 anticipates Unintended Consequences.
Discussion Bewildering Stories discusses The Early Days of E-Mail.
The Reading
Room
David Adès, Afloat in Light   excerpt
The Art
Gallery
Richard Ong, Beowulf and Grendel

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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