What’s in Issue 116
|Novels||The party of explorers now numbers five as the mysterious Lilit seems to be fully integrated into their number. The valley also seems like an edenic idyll; but Nunez has doubts, and everyone’s sleep is disturbed by recurring dreams: Tala Bar, Gaia, chapter 8: The Valley, part II.|
|Novella||Harry Stafford, fresh from his latest murder, is confronted by Shadrach Hutch. Shad’s suspicions are all wrong, but Harry is cornered and just can’t take it any more. He makes a fatal gesture: Jonathan M. Sweet, The Kestron Lenses, conclusion.|
Joel Gn ends the love story of Jay and Roxanne in the context of mythology. When myth becomes reality, the consequences are always painful: Roxanne, conclusion|
Derth, Berrick and Janeel penetrate to the innermost lair of Devlon, the evil dungeon master. Magic is no impregnable defense, it’s high-tech weaponry, and in hand-to-hand combat the price of victory and defeat is the same: Michael Hanson, Thaumaturgical Fracas, conclusion.
Ziekiel Walters’ contact on Lyzaria had promised a short imprisonment, but Ziekiel is long overdue to go on trial for assassinating a Lyzarian general. And yet, when the trial comes, Ziekiel faces it with a certain strange equanimity: Kris Barton, Agent of Chaos, part 1.
Serial killer Bill Johnson will say that the Devil made him do it. And he’s right, but it’s not “the” Devil; it’s his own: Rick Combs, Me and Joe.|
Roberto Sanhueza’s “Guilty Baby” has grown up; he’s all of six years old now. He has empires to build and clever foes opposing him. It’s best to obey when he says Don’t Call Me Terry.
|Byron Bailey writes a mysterious counterpoint to Michael Murry’s poems by depicting the post-ultimate in warfare: Parchment.|
|Poetry||Michael Murry concludes his Gaelic-style anti-war cycle on the theme morituri te salutamus : Bread and Circuses.|
|Challenge||Challenge 116 asks simple questions about endings: In Conclusion.|
|Letters||Eric S. Brown bids farewell to writing and reveals a deep meaning of ars gratia artis in his letter on Retirement.|
|Jerry Wright reviews Philip Reeves’ Mortal Engines.|
In Times to Come
New serials begin as others end, and Bewildering Stories’ longest will conclude in October. We’d like you to write and tell us your answer to a question: What is Gaia ? Science fiction? Fantasy? Fairy tale? Survivalist novel? Or maybe something else?
Meanwhile, our cycle of new contributors seems to have run its course for the moment. We’ll be seeing a lot of old friends in the coming issues.
Readers’ reactions are always welcome.
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