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What’s in Issue 226

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Novel Michael E. Lloyd, Observation Two
Salvatore is re-recruited by the lovely Lucia. The Chief Surveyor learns a lot of apparent facts about Earth’s geology and mining. But the Domans apply their ‘Truth Delta Analysis’ to the data and, as expected, find they will need Salvatore to help them establish the fuller truth: Chapter 4, Venice, Italy, part 1; part 2.
Toni’s great-uncle Giuseppe will again be the new Illuminator’s selfless benefactor: Chapter 5, Rome, Italy
Novella The argument over the war in Turkmenistan begins to wind down — until Fat Toe comes completely unglued: Luke Jackson, The Spinning Pinwheel Flame War, part 5; part 6.
Toward the end of his life, an elderly gentleman counts his every step: Jeff Brown, One Hundred Seventy-Eight.

If you’re convinced you’re a cat, are you really one? Laurel Hickey, Sa-sa Says.

‘All she’d wanted was one knight’: Marie Lecrivain, Shall Not.

When an angel finds two Edenic choices in an old curiosity shop, he chooses one and leaves artists to accomplish what the other might have done: David Redd, Coptic Street Sunset, part 1; conclusion.

What happens when you go beyond the end of nowhere? E. S. Strout, The Big Empty.

The Fairy Tale Police Department is on the case again. This one involves an intruder from another society’s stories: Lewayne L. White, Something Fishy, part 1; part 2.
Brad Andrews brings multicolored space aliens to Earth, seeking military advantage in The Ultimate Vehicle.

New contributor Branigan Grace shows the worst that can happen when one drops in unannounced: Next Time, Call First.

New contributor Stephen Patrick asks where old ornaments go, and where they might belong: Fragile: Handle with Care.

New contributor Michael Pelc shows a decision forever pending: 3:08.

The worst and best visions are true, even at the same time: Carmen Ruggero, Christmas Out Of Tinsel Town.
Poetry Carmen Ruggero, Eyes of the Raven
Anna Ruiz, Oblivious
Rebecca Lu Kiernan, Rummy Park : Inside My Hot House Orchid


Seasonal Michael E. Lloyd, The Bewildering Stories Holiday Song, 2006
Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Branigan Grace, Stephen Patrick, and Michael Pelc.
Challenge Challenge 226 discerns The Absence and the Presence.
Letters Kevin Ahearn, Yes, Virginia, science fiction does exist
The Art
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art
NASA, Picture of the Day
The Reading
Danielle L. Parker reviews Lian Hearn, Across the Nightingale Floor.
Editorial Jerry Wright, The End (of the Year)

Bewildering Stories News

Bewildering Press: Jack Alcott’s Grim Legion is now available in print at our publications page.

Thanks to Lewayne L. White for helping bring our Reviews page up to date. Lewayne is now our official Reviews page consultant!

Happy Holidays in whatever manner you celebrate them... This is Bewildering Stories’ last issue in 2006. The Fourth Quarterly Review will appear in two parts: the first on December 25, 2006 and the second on January 1, 2007. We will resume normal publication with issue 227 on January 8.

E-mail: Ye Copy Editor will be traveling between December 19 and January 7. E-mail responses will be slower and more sporadic than usual. Sorry ’bout that; I’ll begin to catch up in January. Please be patient.

Bewildering Stories in print: euhal allen’s The Bridge, which appeared between issues 99 and 165, is available in print at

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To Bewildering Stories’ schedule: In Times to Come

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