Bewildering Stories

What’s in Issue 247

Novel Luddy makes a perilous journey to Algol 1, where he meets with his aunt, Queen Artemisia. She makes a rather odd impression, and Luddy is just a little uneasy when he reports back to Consul Cato: Gary Inbinder, Noble Lies, Chapter 19, part 1; part 2.
Serial Shura sees a functional family at play and explains her break-up to Gallit. Ariela invites Tirza over for tea and introduces her to Anat. Lorry will have some explaining to do: Tala Bar, Women in Autumn, Chapter 3 Shabat, part 1; part 2; Chapter 4 Monday.
Short
Stories
New contributor William A. La Fleur depicts adventures in a college ‘phrat’ that leaves ‘animal house’ in the dust: College Cult.

New contributor Elaine Graham-Leigh depicts prisoners and a guard in a ‘resocialisation centre’ where the guard himself is a prisoner: Limping Step, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor Molly Smith presents you with a magic ring that grants your every wish, although perhaps a little more promptly and literally than you might like: Finders, Weepers.

If you seek hidden treasure in mountain fastnesses, be clean of heart and stout of mind or the guardians may get you. Oh, and heavy weapons might be a good idea, too: John Vieczorek, The Ice Man, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor Peter Woodruff evokes a 21st-century apocalyptic demon: the pollution monster: The Thing in the Pond, part 1; conclusion.
Flash
Fiction
New contributor John Craggs spins a children’s fable of an inadvertent ouroboros: Processionary.

Whom would you like to have write your life story — in advance? Martin Green, Life Stories.

New contributor Bruce Stirling takes the free market to a logical conclusion: Baby eBay.
Poetry Crystalwizard, Kitty Cat poems
Rose Loya, Sweet Hazel Sky (song lyrics)
John Stocks, Last Train for Edinburgh
Short
Poetry
Bill Bowler, Young Poets
Essay Steven Utley takes a trip down memory lane to the music of days gone by: Nature, Nurture, and Music.

Departments

Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes John Craggs, Elaine Graham-Leigh, William A. La Fleur, Molly Smith, Bruce Stirling, and Peter Woodruff.
The Critics’
Corner
Don Webb, Space Aliens as Metaphor
Challenge Challenge 247 sings an ancient ditty: Old Times There Are Not Forgotten.
Letters Peter Woodruff writes about “Reconnected”
The Art
Gallery
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art
NASA: Picture of the Day
The Reading
Room
Steve Mazey reviews Robert Edric, The Mermaids
Editorial Jerry Wright, News and Views

Bewildering Stories News

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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.”

To Bewildering Stories’ schedule: In Times to Come

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