What’s in Issue 239
Gary Inbinder, Noble Lies|
Prologue, part 1; part 2; Chapter 1, part 1; part 2
Luddy, a hero of the New Earth Republican Guard and battle-tested in the Algolian war, is promoted to Gold status. While reveling in his new privileges he meets Aurelia, daughter of Consul Finn. She gives him a very dire mission to prove his loyalty.
|Novella||Branwen, Rosalyn and Dulcimer perform an intricate dance of intrigue, seeking the favor of Rhiannon: Rachel Parsons, The Year of the Dead Rose, chapter 12; chapter 13, part 1, part 2.|
|Serial||The aliens of the Continuum are trying to bring the universe into balance, but what problems they cause for Bix and Duke, as well as their own Agent Gvedn! Why did legendary jazz great Bix Beiderbecke die young while the musical genius Duke Ellington forged a glorious career spanning more than five decades? Bob Brill, Bix’s Angel, chapter 1; chapter 2, part 1, part 2.|
Want to run away and join the circus? Make sure first that it’s really a circus and not a horror show: David Burnham, Dream Girl, part 1; part 2; conclusion.|
New contributor David Lovato shows Sully Michaels who is fed up with his bomb shelter and just can’t take it any more: A Sheltered Life.
New contributor Cherri Randall gives a female perspective of Bigfoot: I Had Bigfoot’s Love Child.
If you want to live forever, make a godly boast. But the gods never forget hubris: Tamara Sheehan, The Man in the Mirror.
‘We’re all strangers to one another, no matter how close we are’: Mel Waldman, A PTSD Party.
Sometimes names are well chosen, sometimes not: Sophie Bachard, Little Boy.|
‘What is a vice on this side of the Pyrenees is a virtue on the other side, and vice-versa’ — Pascal: Jeff Haas, The Civilized World.
New contributor Angela N. Hunt turns Wonderland on its head, current-events style: Alice Assassin.
Bill Bowler, Nipple Confusion|
Carmen Ruggero, The Wooden Spoon
|Essay||New contributor Sean M. Darnell examines the logical possibilities of world-saving time travel stories: The Anti-Thesis.|
|Welcome||Bewildering Stories welcomes Sean M. Darnell, David Lovato, and Cherri Randall.|
|Challenge||Challenge 239 admonishes you to Wash Your Hands.|
Marjorie Salzwedel discusses The Wager.|
Michael Teal sends Greetings from the Ancient One.
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art|
NASA: Picture of the Day
|New York Times reviewer Joe Queenan talks of Jack Alcott’s Grim Legion.|
Bewildering Stories News
Art Page: Our random selection of art has been updated with new pictures. Open, click, and enjoy!
Identity crisis: Congratulations to Don Webb for his story “The Great White Bed” in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Donald James Webb is the real Don Webb and the author of the story. “Ye Copy Editor” is the other Don Webb.
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Bewildering Stories’ official mottoes:
“Poems are not made with ideas; they are made with words.” — Stéphane Mallarmé
Ars longa, vita brevis. Rough translation: “Proofreading never ends.”
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