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What’s in Issue 260

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Novel Claës Lundin, Oxygen and Aromasia
Oxygen is very jealous of Aromasia and says he will run against her in the by-election in Majorna. Dispirited, Aromasia discovers a 19th-century anti-feminist tract. In foreign news, there are rumors of war.
Chapter 6: An Evening Party
Serials Gary Inbinder, The Mysterion
Olivier chooses between love and duty, and the Mysterion shows an awful truth to those who make other choices.
New contributor Thomas J. Keller tells of an announcement to expect space aliens’ arrival in forty days and to cease worship. That sets cats among the pigeons: What to Believe, part 1; part 2.
Gaag and Ayla run afoul of their world’s ‘purity’ laws, but the newly arrrived humans have their own ideas about what’s pure, or so they say: Bill Bowler, Ayla, part 1; part 2; conclusion.

New contributor Lynn Mann brings a magical letter to Tommy.

New contributor Dan Murphy tells of a mourner who seems to be the only one to hear strange sounds at Kynia’s Funeral.

New contributor William J. Piovano creates a paean to literature in Reflections on a Recursive Faustus, part 1; conclusion.

Is being an ‘adult’ a matter of evolution? David Redd, Adult, part 1; part 2; conclusion.

Don’t take aggressive ambitions to a haunted lake; something bigger and stronger may lie in wait: John W. Steele, The Golden Thing, part 1; conclusion.
Poetry Michael Lee Johnson, Casket of Love
Anna Ruiz, India
Thomas B. White, Cooked Breakfast With the Devil


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Lynn Mann, Dan Murphy, and William Piovano.
Challenge Challenge 260 asks Did You Hear That?
The Art
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art
NASA: Picture of the Day
Editorial Jerry Wright, Robert Jordan passes

Bewildering Stories News

Scheduling: As “In Times to Come” says, issues are made up days — not weeks — in advance, and issue lengths may require rescheduling some titles. Multiple-installment short stories have caused that to happen in this issue. Contributors please keep in mind that even the official schedule is only the editor’s best estimate.

Mail: Please address all queries about Bewildering Stories and, for the time being, Bewildering Press, to Ye Copy Editor. Unfortunately, the Copy Editor is not qualified to handle any problems with the forum.

Randomly selected Bewildering motto:

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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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