What’s in Issue 101
|Novels||In Gaia, Tala Bar quickly brings Dar and Nim together with Nunez, who was introduced in chapter 4, part 1. As they cross the lake in his rowboat, a certain... tension... arises. And Nunez mentions someone that Dar thinks she and Nim have already met. Chapter 4 "The Lake,” part 2, installment 1.
Roberto Sanhueza has Thomm and Phydo back together again in Katts and Dawgs, as we knew he would. Only, Thomm discovers that springing Phydo from prison may be too much for even his feline ingenuity in part 5, installment 1.
|Serials||Michael J A Tyzuk shows Tamara Tomson and her partners struggling with the galactic vampire in a hair-trigger brawl to conclude “The Soul Hunter.”
Euhal Allen’s saga “The Bridge” continues a while after it ended in part I. The mysterious structure’s first appearance brought consternation to its designers: it was not uniformly received as a good thing, and a brutal clash of world views has ensued. Katia’s protector “Cyr” returns in The Bridge, part II, but in quite another guise than in its first appearance.
New contributor Cecilia Wennerström takes us into the office of a professor, who has invited a lovely graduate student to use her computer skills to solve an advanced problem in mathematics. How charming and... placid, right? No, Hexaflexagon 8191 is a topological nightmare.
John Thiel makes an addition to our mathematical theme as well as to his already impressive collection of philosophical tales. This story is about perception... or is it only that? Anyway, there’s nothing flat about A Parable Containing a Parabola. But wait... yes, there is!
|Interview||Bewildering Stories interviews Steven Utley. In this issue, Steven describes his literary background and tastes. In part 2, he’ll give some useful advice to aspiring writers.|
|Welcome||Bewildering Stories welcomes Cecilia Wennerström.|
|Challenge||Topology is an important theme in this issue. However, Challenge 101 picks up on another one: Questioning Authority.|
|Letters||Steven Utley writes about the perplexing problems of Fame and Fortune.|
Thomas R. reviews three Russian novels, tying in the Strugatskys’ Far Rainbow and Second Invasion from Mars with Dostroyevsky’s Notes From Underground.
Jerry Wright reviews L. E. Modesitt’s Wellspring of Chaos.
|Editorial||Jerry Wright Oh, yeah...|
In Times to Come
Some things you can count on: Tala Bar will continue to keep us meeting interesting characters in Gaia. Roberto Sanhueza will bring the adventures of Katts and Dawgs to a conclusion with roller-coaster twists and turns. Hot tip: if you haven’t read the initial parts, now is the time to catch up! We’ve bid farewell to Michael J A Tyzuk’s bruised but victorious Tamara Tomson in “The Soul Hunter,” but euhal allen will keep up the pace and resolve this issue’s cliff-hanger in “The Bridge,” part II. And Steven Utley will finish his interview with some practical advice to young writers.
Now for the surprises: we’ve got more serials, a poetry critique from Ásgrímur Hartmannsson and some funny short stories. Keep ’em coming! And we also want your nominations for our Retrospective. Yes, Bewildering Stories wants you! Surely, at some time you must have heard of... hexaflexagons?
Readers’ reactions are always welcome.
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