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What’s in Issue 257

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Novel Claës Lundin, Oxygen and Aromasia
Where does art turn when everyone has been deafened by 19th-century symphonies? To sound and colors? Nothing so passé; rather, to the exquisite melodies of aromas! And Aromasia is a first-class scent artist: Chapter 2: The Scent Piano.
Novella Young Henry has an uphill battle to straighten out his dysfunctional family when he’s armed with only a sense of responsibility and a paint-ball gun: Mark Spencer & Shawn Chiusano, Henry, part 1; part 2.
Serial Luce and Sibyl find that warding off disasters is less perplexing than explaining it all to the next generation: Evan Appelman, The Masters of Triage, part 3; part 4; conclusion.
Jack Creed and his team have fought monsters in strange places, including the Moon, but none so strange as this: O. J. Anderson, Megakill, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor Ralph Filicchia brings two thugs to a place where a map wouldn’t help them much even if they had one: Two for the Road.

New contributor Matt Shaner brings a set of sad lives to the end of the road: The Final Act.

It’s great to go to Mars, just be careful what you bring home: Walt Trizna, Martian Rebirth, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor Paul Williams describes a diet that guarantees immortality. But a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich looks awfully good in comparison: Immortal Children.
Sad is the fate of a Lilliputian in a world of Gullivers: S. M. Murdock, The Big Blue Bin.

New contributor Jeff Schnaufer depicts the plight of space alien monsters who’ve gone out of fashion in show business: The Creature Without a Feature.

New contributor Michael Zerger brings a news report from tomorrow. Hang on to your organs: Community Service.
Poetry Michael Lee Johnson, Cold Gray
Anna Ruiz, Really Now!
Essay The career of Victor Fox was worthy of the comic books he published: Steven Utley, The Man Who Would Be King of the Comics.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Jeff Schnaufer, Matt Shaner, Paul Williams, and Michael Zerger.
Challenge Challenge 256 response: Gary Inbinder writes about Thinking Like Plants Like People

Challenge 257: Eat, Drink, and Be Martian
The Art
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art
NASA: Picture of the Day
At the
Christopher Stires lists his Top Ten Movies in Outer Space.
Editorial Jerry Wright, Stressing Out, Part the Second

Bewildering Stories News

Progress: Our apologies for the down time last Saturday. Our server’s gateway to the Internet crashed, and the people responsible for maintaining it couldn’t be bothered to resolve the problem over the weekend.

Jerry Wright has removed our server and transferred Bewildering Stories to a new IP address, one at a hosting website that will hopefully prove more reliable.

Jerry will let you know when the forum becomes available again.

Postviews: As always, our editors have made corrections after the preview notices were sent. Our authors are advised to double check their works after they officially appear on line. In several cases the on-line versions obsolete the authors’ own copies.

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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