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What’s in Issue 259

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Novel Claës Lundin, Oxygen and Aromasia
Aromasia’s concert is a big success and wins her a lot of stocks and bonds, which take the place of applause in the 24th century. The ‘ancient poet’s’ attentions promise to cause trouble:
Chapter 5: The Concert
Novella At long last, Henry can rest from all his running and shooting: Mark Spencer & Shawn Chiusano, Henry, part 5; conclusion.
Serial In the early 20th century, a young adventurer travels to Timbuktu to carry a strange document to a strange trader: Gary Inbinder, The Mysterion
Chapter I, part 1; part 2
Professor Vanual cannot abide the barbaric circus of executions on his world. He puts his mechanical ingenuity to work to break the chain of horror: Brad Andrews, The Execution Festival.

New contributor Niklas Peinecke depicts a near-future world where prosthetics are bought at the price of hourly advertisements — a possibly life-threatening bargain: A Countdown for Your Security.

How would you spend the last night of the world? Catfish Russ, Swing Low.

Villagers revolt against one of the local monsters, but it greets them with a speech eerily resembling some that can be heard on television news: Thomas Lee Joseph Smith, A Little Too Igor.

Harry will get his eggs cooked the way he likes them only when it rains jellyfish: Arthur Vibert, Compost.
Who’s the double? It depends on your point of view: Gayla Chaney, Shadowboxing My Doppelganger.

Mari Mitchell provides a possible explanation for teenage rebellion: Fur and Moonlight.
Poetry Richard H. Fay, Nanomite 323
Ian Duncan Smith, The Aura Seekers
Thomas B. White, The Day After Fox Hunting Was Abolished in England
Essay Even Pavarotti said he couldn’t read music: Steven Utley, Music Theory and I.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Niklas Peinecke.
Challenge Challenge 258 response: Carol Reid writes about Afterlives.
Challenge 259 seeks Satirony.
The Art
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art
NASA: Picture of the Day
The Viewing
Christopher Stires lists Firsts in Television.

Bewildering Stories News

Catchup: The travel delays foreseen in the News in issue 255 are still having aftereffects. If you sent a submission or other message in the second half of August or the first week in September and have not received a reply, please send a query to Ye Copy Editor.

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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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