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What’s in Issue 230

Novel Michael E. Lloyd, Observation Two: Standing Divided
Chapter 11 Dublin, Irish Republic, part 1: Toni gets several tastes of jovial Irish hospitality, and receives his new travel package.
part 2: Toni despairs of religious differences and broader conflicts, and Carla is pleased to reconfirm that Dome no longer has such things.
Chapter 12 John F. Kennedy Welcomes You: How free do you need to be, ye who would enter here?
Serial New contributor Andy West brings gardener Alan Bradley into contact with a cultural virus. It is nothing to sneeze at! Meme, part 1; part 2; part 3.
New contributor Joanne Anderton sends Robin to help her friend Jenny. Robin is a decent, good-hearted witch, but she knows that no good deed goes unpunished: Threefold, part 1; conclusion.

Legends of heroism can last for generations, and stories can bring old friends back from the past — sometimes literally: Bill Bowler, Garbage Planet, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor Gayla Chaney tells of a fellow who’s so down on his luck that the whole corps of guardian angels finally gets fed up. He’ll have nothing but good luck from now on — however improbable that luck may have to be: Deus Ex Machina Lives Here.

What if you wanted to bring back an old friend? Would you have him cleaned up, or would you take him warts and all? Jörn Grote, Surface Tension.

What if humans suddenly got a physical boost from a mysterious source? Would they be a blessing or a curse? It’s time for O. J. Anderson’s Razor Burn to take the case! E. S. Strout, Green T.
New contributor Nik Perring gives a man a box from outer space. It contains answers to a lot of life’s questions: A Gift from the Little Green Man.

New contributor Camille Picott has been watching too much Donald Trump on television. The results: “You’re hired!” Mr. Stump.

What’s the reverse of a vampire story? A supernatural lady who’s a kind of Cinderella after she marries the Prince: Gloria Watts, Believe It.
Poetry Carmen Ruggero, And Just Like That...; Spanish original: Así Nomás
Anna Ruiz, Promised Land
Walt Trizna, New York Beacon
New contributor Duane Locke, The Rigged Jury
New contributor N. C. Unruh, Mage’s End


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Joanne Anderton, Gayla Chaney, Duane Locke, Nik Perring, Camille Picott, N. C. Unruh, and Andrew West.
Challenge Challenge 230 offers some Bonus Questions.
Letters Hélène Calvez congratulates Pablo A. Nieto.
Colin P. Davies writes about Publicity.
The Art
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art
NASA: Picture of the Day
The Reading
Danielle L. Parker reviews Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle, Burning City.
Christopher Stires, David Cronenberg, dir., A History of Violence (film)
Editorial Jerry Wright, Friends

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Bewildering Stories’ official motto: “Poems are not made with ideas; they are made with words.” — Stéphane Mallarmé

To Bewildering Stories’ schedule: In Times to Come

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