What’s in Issue 245
|Novel||Luddy affirms an alliance with Consul Cato while Aurelia and the team of insurgents undertake a ‘mission impossible’ to free Dax’s uncle. Consul Finn is waiting for them: Gary Inbinder, Noble Lies, Chapter 16, part 1; part 2.|
|Novella||The story glides to a happy end at the White House, where the boy and his friends rescue the President from a sack into which he’s been stuffed by a trusted employee: Bill Bowler, The Boy With Orange Hair, Chapter 12; Chapter 13, conclusion.|
|Serial||The duel between the alien and Earth spaceships is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s plenty of conflict seething aboard both vessels: Karlos Allen, Trouble with the Natives, Chapter 2; Chapter 3, part 1; part 2.|
New contributor Steven Berry sends a father and son on a fishing trip. The fishing is good, but the relationship goes from bad to catastrophic: Dark Water.|
What do superheroes need above all? A code of ethics: Ed Coet, Simon and Papa John, part 1; conclusion.
New contributor Michele Dutcher shows an extremely talented linguist at work deciphering messages from ancient astronauts. He’s less astute with messages from a lady in his company: Five Silver Discs, part 1; part 2; conclusion.
New contributor J. Michael Keith depicts a mixed marriage. If the couple can overcome their evolutionary differences, they can overcome anything: The Second Circle, part 1; part 2; conclusion.
What is that hospital robot thinking? Don’t ask; it just might tell you: O. J. Anderson, Intensive Care.
If you want to go out in a blaze of glory, pack the proper equipment: Sophie Bachard, Up in Smoke.
If you owned the portrait of Dorian Gray, would you be tempted to take a peek at it? Sarah Ann Watts, Dorian Gray: Not for Sale.
|Poetry||John Stocks, By Lambeth Bridge|
|Michael Lee Johnson, Dad Died|
|Welcome||Bewildering Stories welcomes Steven Berry, Michele Dutcher, J. Michael Keith, and Chris Kuell.|
Challenge 244 response: Gary Inbinder writes of Feasting and Fun.|
Challenge 245 asks Born 700 Years Too Late?
|Letters||New contributor Chris Kuell writes about Hearing Bewildering Stories.|
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art|
NASA: Picture of the Day
|Danielle L. Parker reviews Neal Asher, Brass Man.|
Randomly selected Bewildering motto:
Randomly selected classic rejection notice:
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.”
Readers’ reactions are always welcome.
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