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What’s in Issue 185

Best wishes for a happily Bewildering Valentine’s Day.

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Novels Young Billy Sims is doing the “pushing,” but adults are very slow to set “limits”: Bonnie Gibson, Pushed to the Limit, part 7.

New contributor Jack Alcott begins a historical novel based on unknown events in Edgar Allan Poe’s mysterious six-month career as a cadet at the U.S. military academy at West Point: Grim Legion, part 1; part 2; part 3.
What’s wrong with immortality? Here’s what: Oscar Deadwood, After the Fall of Love.

Which is better: to tell a mismatched couple to call the whole thing off or to encourage them to make their relationship work? Kenneth Nichols, Love-Line.

Poor Rhiannon shivers in an unseasonable snowstorm while trying to convince Rosalyn to stop giving an old friend the cold shoulder: Rachel Parsons, As I See the Snow Melting, part 1; conclusion.

Amid the polar ice, the last sailor of a lost ship recalls a vision of ineffable beauty and love: Slawomir Rapala, Atlantis, Atlantis!

Why does Homer Twistle really murder his wife? Norman A. Rubin, Pardon My Murder.

Lake Shiriki has acquired the power of the First Nations’ coyote spirit: Thomas R. Willits, Splashes, part 1; part 2; conclusion.
After a hard day of firing people, working at home can almost ruin a couple’s plans for a restful evening: Jon Bishop, Working Overtime.
Poetry In many different ways — with flowers, realism, the future, and a surprise ending — the poems complete this issue’s Valentine’s Day theme.

Rebecca Lu Kiernan, You in the Future
Mary B. McArdle, Subdivision
Carmen Ruggero, Forever Jasmine ; Quilt of Deception ; Sweet Petunias — Bitter Lemons
New contributor Vishal Thapar tells a story in verse: The Corridor on the 6th Floor.
Essay Okay, so you can’t go to Mongolia and look for dinosaur fossils. Cheer up, there’s no telling what else you might discover: Steven Utley, The Autobiography of an Autodidact.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Jack Alcott and Vishal Thapar.
Challenge Challenge 185 brings you Valentine’s Day Presence.
Letters Michael J A Tyzuk writes about Trades Education.
The Art
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The Reading
Michael E. Lloyd reviews Cyrano de Bergerac, The Other World.
Jerry Wright reviews Chris Dolley, Resonance.
Editorial Jerry Wright, Education Revisited

Bewildering Stories News

In print: Danielle L. Parker’s “A Dream Within” is the lead story in the anthology Beacons of Tomorrow, from Tyrannosaurus Press. Congratulations, Danielle, and best of luck with your novels.

Thanks: We’re especially grateful to Carmen Ruggero for the long hours of editorial work and sage advice she provided in preparing this issue.

Our thanks also to Mike Lloyd for double-checking the links. That’s a necessary job; like proofreading, it never seems to end! And no, Mike did not get paid a princely sum — though his novel Observation One deserves it — for his review in this issue. He wrote that out of knowledge, enthusiasm, and the goodness of his heart. Thank you, Mike.

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