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What’s in Issue 248

Novel Gary Inbinder, Noble Lies
Luddy and Aurelia go to the arena to fight as gladiators in Consul Finn’s games. Their first bout will be an interview with reporters: Chapter 20, part 1; part 2; part 3.
Serials Tala Bar, Women in Autumn
A little boy prefers a toy robot to a pet hamster, and Anat becomes rightly alarmed at Lorry’s reckless driving:
Chapter 5: Thursday
Chapter 6: Shabat, part 1; part 2

Bertil Falk, Requiem for an Android
Can a pious but soulless machine be acceptable to God? The quest for an answer will lead to the outer reaches of the known universe and into the Roman catacombs:
Chapter 1: And Peace on Earth, part 1; part 2
Chapter 2: Being Chased, part 1; part 2
Which is worse: the sin or the cover-up? Steven Berry, Beneath the Floor, part 1; conclusion.

When the nano plague gets loose, it’s all Halloween all the time: Mark Eller, Hunt Night, part 1; conclusion.

Have you ever worked at a job and in a place that didn’t exist yet? As long as the paychecks aren’t postdated, it may be best not to quibble: Mary B. McArdle, Fully Staffed.

New contributor Michael Merriam introduces a married couple who take ‘men are from Mars, women are from Venus’ just a little far; or perhaps not far enough: Protect and Serve.
New contributor Robert Laughlin gives a whole new meaning to obstreperous cinema audiences: Moving the Picture Show.
Why does Beckett’s Godot keep you waiting? Blame the bureaucracy: João Ventura, They... — Portuguese original: Eles...
Poetry Crystalwizard, Sixpence
Anna Ruiz, Cardboard Box
New contributor Dike Okoro, I Will Remember Her
Essay Steven Utley takes another trip down memory lane to revisit films that were so bad they were good: Grade Z.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Robert Laughlin, Michael Merriam, and Dike Okoro.
The Critics’
Gary Inbinder and Don Webb discuss The Almost Human.
Challenge Challenge 248 notes that The Androids Are Not Waiting for Godot.
The Art
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art
NASA: Picture of the Day
The Reading
Jerry Wright reviews James Van Pelt, Summer Of The Apocalypse.
Editorial Jerry Wright, An Editorial Comment

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.”

To Bewildering Stories’ schedule: In Times to Come

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