Bewildering Stories

What’s in Issue 144

Novels Queen Loren and her mage, Robbenson, despair at king Alias’ tyranny and plot a revolt: Julian Lawler, Battle Seer
  chapter 22: A Knife in the Foot
  chapter 23: The Bully’s Pet, part 1; part 2.

‘Toni introduces Carla to the great Impressionists, and she proves to him that he too has the ability to draw and paint. They then move on to the re-hooking of Jean-Christophe... but that becomes a real challenge, forcing Carla to discover and project “sexy,” on the spot!’ Michael E. Lloyd, Observation One: Singing of promises... chapter 22: Paris, France, part 3.
Novella In an idyllic, prehistoric setting, Tamar is espied by a stranger at a sacred spring: Tala Bar, Sacrifice, part 1.
Serial In the Earth Defense Force, both man and alien must leave a lot behind: Jörn Grote, Left Behind, part 1.
Short
Stories
Before becoming a tyrant’s bodyguard, read the job description first: Gareth D. Jones, Devotion, part 1; conclusion.

Some... people... have a hard time finding a good mattress these days even in Transylvania: Danielle L. Parker, Lucretia’s New Mattress, part 1; conclusion.
Flash
Fiction
This beauty contest gives a whole new meaning to the expression “to dissolve in tears”: Charles Richard Laing, The Pageant.
Poetry The Orkeldor ends where it began — hungry: C. Meton, The Orkeldor, conclusion.

Thomas D. Reynolds shows that interstellar explorers must beware of A Planet Without Hope.

Departments

The Critics’
Corner
Beverly Forehand, “Acquisitions” with Danielle L. Parker
Julian Lawler’s Battle Seer : a contest !
Challenge Challenge 144 goes from pillar to post: Them Dry Bones.
Excerpt Deep Bora, Code Name Cobra
The Reading
Room
Danielle L. Parker reviews Loren Estleman’s Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula.
Jerry Wright reviews L. E. Modesitt’s Scepters.
Editorial Jerry Wright, E-Books redux

In Times to Come

News brief: Our Links page has new additions, particularly ComStar Media, Expression Connection, Scorched Earth Publications, Jupiter, OnSpec, Thunderburst, VerbSap, and Word Dragon. Alfa Eridiani has also changed its URL.

In issue 145

Novels:
Michael E. Lloyd, Observation One chapter 22 “Paris, France” part 4
euhal allen, The Bridge II, Prologue; chapter 1 “A New Et Sharma
Novella: Tala Bar, “Sacrifice” part 2
Serial: Jörn Grote, “Left Behind” part 2
Short stories:
C. Meton, “Sick Kitty”
new contributor Michael G. Naber, “Mr. Sheffield’s Day”
new contributor Beth Wodzinski, “The Lemon Handlers”
Poetry: Thomas D. Reynolds, “Back Alley”

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