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What’s in Issue 91

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Novels Julian Lawler ends The Prophet of Dreams with a beginning: young Addigo and a friend are playing forlornly outside the castle at a sad moment when they are met by the young queen. She becomes their playmate and friend. The Epilogue recounts a moment that is bittersweet in view of all the trouble we know the future holds in store for them.

Tala Bar continues the saga of Gaia in “The Land.” In this second part of chapter 1, the scene shifts from Dar’s wanderings across a post-apocalypse landscape to the story of a girl, Nim, who befriends a young boy, Col. In light of Nim’s rootless family life, will the catastrophe bring changes for the better or the worse?

Ian Donnell Arbuckle rounds out the theme of friendship in our novel installments in Made It Way Up. Kelly and Bernard seem to have a rather sweet relationship, and both Bernard and Lane seem to be fast friends as Kelly observes them planning their mysterious project.

Serial Michael J A Tyzuk foreshadows the second theme of this issue: health care. However, Tamara Tomson’s “Rude Awakening” calls for forensic science and psychology more than hospitalization.
Ásgrímur Hartmannsson puts a twist on a famous mystery title, The Big Sleep. The hero is a newsman and no hard-boiled detective; but does he seem humorously mercenary? There’s a point to it: average life expectancy has been increasing, but not longevity. What if people did live longer? Aye, there’s the rub, for in that clinic of extended care, what “Big Insomnia” may come, must give us pause...

New contributor Saurbh Katyal revives the story of Dr. Frankenstein and his creation in a setting a few decades hence. An android super-physician is by definition not human, and he... it... may not have the best interests of the patients at... heart? What is “The Seeker” after? The patients may find that the cure is worse than any disease.

Android physicians are bad only to the extent that they imitate the dark side of humanity. Nothing out-monsters a man. Thomas R. takes a quaint and faintly humorous image for his title and puts a sinister twist on it. In these days of streamlined transplants, the term “The Organ Grinder’s Monkey” can take on an entirely new meaning.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes another contributor from the East, Saurbh Katyal.
Challenge John Thiel responds in general to Challenge 90, and Challenge 91 asks about personal relationships and the uses of power in this issue’s stories.
The Reading
Jerry Wright reviews...
  Paul Levinson’s The Consciousness Plague.
Editorial Ch... ch... changes

In Times to Come

Issue 92 will continue to delight you with Bewildering treats! Donald Sullivan returns with a story on horseback; Stephen Heister uses a science-fiction staple: the department store; and Roberto Sanhueza recounts the further adventures of his very likable characters, Katt and Dawg! Norman A. Rubin’s story will appear in issue 93.

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