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What’s in Issue 261

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Novel Claës Lundin, Oxygen and Aromasia
The ‘archaic’ poet Apollonides visits a newspaper office to put in a good word for Aromasia in the parliamentary election. He’s led a merry chase, and he finds out more about the newspaper business in the 24th century than he really wants to know:
Chapter 7: A Newspaper Workshop, part 1; part 2; part 3
Serial If you can’t please everybody, maybe you can at least please somebody — if not in thought or smell, then perhaps in taste: Thomas J. Keller, What to Believe, part 3; conclusion.
Linda, of the planetary patrol, has her own way of interrogating a prisoner — make him walk while she rides her horse: Crystalwizard, Breaking Points.

New contributor Randy Foster takes a band member on a trip into his future, where the music is still good and there’s a bit of relived nostalgia to go with it: Rock and Roll Fantasy.

New contributor Kyle Hemmings gives a new meaning to the term ‘head mistress’: They Don’t Catch Colds in Texas, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor David Nordin tells an extended joke about llamas in farming country: And the Sign Read “Taters”.

The customers are sometimes right; it may be best to go through the escape hatch while the going is good: Arthur Vibert, Into the Light.
New contributor Sarah Hilary looks with a jaundiced eye upon precognition and second sight: Yesterday’s Man.

New contributor Josh Skinner wonders how beliefs might adapt to mutation-causing rain: Lilly’s Baptism.
Poetry Darby Mitchell, There is a Place
Mel Waldman, Beautiful Place by the Sea
Kenneth Nichols, The Late Edition
Essay Okay, what did you do on your summer vacation? Steven Utley, My Miracle Summer.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Randy Foster, Kyle Hemmings, Sarah Hilary, Thomas J. Keller, David Nordin, and Josh Skinner.
Challenge Challenge 261 precognites Back in the Saddle Again.
The Art
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art
NASA: Picture of the Day
Editorial Jerry Wright announces: Observation One Arrives!.

Bewildering Stories News

Bewildering Press: Michael E. Lloyd’s Observation One is now available at Bewildering Press. The sequel, Observation Two, appears in issues 225-237.

Previously published works at BwPress: Jack Alcott, Grim Legion; Sam Ivey, Gilboy’s Quest

Next week: The Third Quarterly Review appears next week. We will resume regular publication with issue 262 on October 8.

Mail: Your Copy Editor’s e-mail accounts began playing hide-and-seek during the first week in September, when I was traveling, and I’m still trying to catch up. Any contributors who have not received an acknowledgment, please send a query.

Sample page: Contributors who would like to see what an ideally formatted submission looks like, with explanations, click here. You may be pleasantly surprised; it’s really very simple.

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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