What’s in Issue 261
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:
|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.
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.|
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art|
NASA: Picture of the Day
|Editorial||Jerry Wright announces: Observation One Arrives!.|
Bewildering Stories News
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.
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“Poems are not made with ideas; they are made with words.” — Stéphane Mallarmé
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