A Scythe of Relief?
In David Adès’ “My Imagination Failed Me,” what appears to be the function of the stanza indentations? Could the poem be written in such a way that the stanzas could be read vertically as well as horizontally?
In Michael Díaz Feito’s The Relic-Mongers:
- Can the plot be followed without reading the translations?
- Although the setting is in the Middle Ages, do the plot and characters have a modern allegory? What and who might be represented?
In Arthur Davis’s “The Games of Fifth Avenue.”:
- Why might be the function of the location of the space aliens’ “games”? Would a setting in another country or on another planet make a significant change? If so, how?
- What does “The Games of Fifth Avenue” have in common with Michael D. Feito’s The Relic-Mongers? Broad hint: consider the politics.
In Ronald Linson’s “The Preservation of Death”:
- Do you think Chad does the right thing in his “Intervention”? Why or why not?
- How might the scientist argue his case with Chad?
- Why might Chad’s Intervention prove futile?
In David Castlewitz’ “Blitz Kings Minder”:
- Is there any connection between Darby’s preoccupation with her love life and Odin’s temporary escape?
- The referees put a “holographic” ball in play. Do the blitzball players not play with a real ball? Or is the rebroadcast of the game a hologram?
- The blitzball team is traveling by rail rather than air. Aside from using a train as a dramatic device, what might explain the anachronism?
What is a Bewildering Stories Challenge?