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What’s in Issue 249

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Novel Gary Inbinder, Noble Lies
Luddy and Aurelia emerge victorious in the arena at Finn’s games, but Luddy still needs Finn’s help in solving an esoteric mystery:
Chapter 20, part 4
Chapter 21, part 1; part 2
Serials Tala Bar, Women in Autumn
In a tournament of love, one player is defeated, two resign, and another wins on points:
Chapter 7: Tuesday
Chapter 8: Shabat, conclusion

Bertil Falk, Requiem for an Android
The pilgrims return from the outer reaches of known space, from the depths of time, and from a fantastical realm under the Vatican to resolve an age-old issue: who has a soul?
Chapter 3: The Extreme Abyss, part 1; part 2
Chapter 4: The Circle is Closed
Chapter 5: All’s Well That Ends Well? conclusion
Jack Creed returns for an ultimate showdown with monsters haunting a whole city: O. J. Anderson, Dead for Good, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor Michelle Bobier has a boy discover in adventure fiction the models of bravery that will enable him to confront his isolation within his own family and in a haunted house: Hero, part 1; conclusion.

Lulu-Belle is a Texas-sized relative of Paul Bunyan, and her fishing line is stronger than her truck’s winch cable, but even so she can only catch, not keep, the Big One: Crystalwizard, Lulu-Belle and The One That Got Away.

New contributor Rod Hamon brings a far-traveling astronaut back to Earth, where he finds that humanity has changed for both the worse and the better: Clash of the Mutants, part 1; conclusion.

Does Starr really have second sight? Or does her memory reveal flashes of scenes she has already experienced? Sylvia Nickels, Starr Sight.

A mad scientist haunts a criminal by means of a conscience implant and a black van: Roberto Sanhueza, Always on My Mind.
New contributor Meagan Kane shows the fate of a soldier ill-suited for combat: Badge of Fear.
Poetry Bill Bowler, Erato
Anna Ruiz, Chrysalis
John Stocks, Ruins by Jacob’s Ladder
Essay Steven Utley recalls his early experiences with dinosaurs: Winslow on Dinosaurs.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Michelle Bobier, Rod Hamon, and Meagan Kane.
Challenge Challenge 249 pronounces Machina ex cathedra.
The Art
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art
NASA: Picture of the Day
The Reading
Jerry Wright reviews XXX.
Editorial Jerry Wright, xxx

Bewildering Stories News

Schedule: Issue 250 will be followed on July 2nd by the Second Quarterly Review. Gary Inbinder’s Noble Lies will conclude in issue 250. Claës Lundin’s novel Oxygen and Aromasia will probably commence in issue 253, after the conclusion of serials by Fahim Farouk, Ranvir Parma, and Rachel Parsons, in issues 251-252.

Acknowledgements: Contributors are asked to be patient with us. We’ve received an unusual number of submissions in the past week. Preparing issue 249 as well as extraneous time pressures have slowed our responses. If you haven’t received an acknowledgement by the end of next week, please send a query; e-mail does sometimes go astray.

Proofreading: Your editor is very grateful to the Review Board for reporting errata in every issue, and issue 249 has required an unusual amount of work. I’m also grateful to the authors for corrections received in response to the Preview notices. Once again, our standard reminder: the on-line texts may not be letter perfect, but they will almost certainly be more accurate than the authors’ own copies.

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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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