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What’s in Issue 154

Novels Kelvin and Me’Avi are a very happy couple, and love conquers all — but not the Starhell refugees, if they can just get a June moon in orbit soon enough to throw their pursuers off the track. And sure enough, accidents will happen... euhal allen, The Bridge, III, chapter 3: Trials, part 1; part 2; part 3.

The sinister simulacrum of Man, Lucius, has captured Phydo, Thom, Kitti and Adam. Now he sends his mighty mutant insect army to march on the city of Kannis the Fair: Roberto Sanhueza, Katts and Dawgs, chapter 10: Kannis Under Siege, part 1; part 2.
Novella Relaxing by the sea, Rhiannon meets a little girl who seems to know just a bit too much about her. And Rhiannon gets her sister, Queen Gwynedd, to laugh; it will be a poignant memory: Rachel Parsons, I Still Wake From My Nightmares, part 4.
New contributor Hope Hammond has a remedy for a bad ghost that causes Death at White Oaks Retirement Center, part 1; conclusion.

What happens to the winner in a championship chili-eating contest? Are you sure you really want to know? Lewayne L. White, Stick-Shift Meets His Match.
New contributor Elizabeth Alexander brings a murder victim back to take vengeance on a vampire, but the motive seems ironically out of place: River’s Daughter.

New contributor Francisco Ruiz Fernández describes how the remaining inhabitants of a lost generation ship bid one of their late comrades a Strange Farewell.
Poetry Thomas D. Reynolds depicts aliens conquering a spaceship. When the rest of the crew is gone, a lowly subaltern receives a Promotion.
Essays Prakash Kona describes the dreamlike relationship between words and a reality that is sometimes harsh. The writer becomes A Dreamer of the Other World, part 1.

As the saying goes, Steven Utley missed it by that much: Another Golden Opportunity Frittered Away.
Interview Bewildering Stories interviews veteran contributor Tala Bar.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Elizabeth Alexander and Hope Hammond.
The Critics’
Tala Bar discusses Story and Mythology.
Challenge Challenge 154 asks you to consider The Writer as Cameraman.
Letter Pedro Blas González writes about issue 153.
Excerpt jangeo Pinkerton, The Templar Knight: A Witch Spell
The Reading
Jerry Wright reviews John Courtney Grimwood’s Pashazade.
Danielle L. Parker reviews Lynne Truss’ Eats, Shoots and Leaves.
Editorial Jerry Wright, Tribes and Diatribes.

In Times to Come

News brief: Another year and another of Bewildering Stories’ Big Projects has finally been completed. Our “modern” format is now the style in all 39 episodes and ancillary texts in Cyrano de Bergerac’s The Other World.

Issue 153 quiz: In our Biographies & Bibliographies, the longest bio sketch is from Claudio Parentela. The longest bibliography is by Thomas R. The youngest photo is of Jörn Grote; the oldest is Don Webb’s.

July 4 issue

On Monday, July 4, Bewildering Stories officially celebrates its Third Anniversary with a Midyear Retrospective for issues 126-150. Issue 155 will appear on July 11.

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