What’s in Issue 262
Claës Lundin, Oxygen and Aromasia|
It’s said that politics makes strange bedfellows. Oxygen discovers that the converse, to which he aspires, is also true:
Chapter 8: A Parliamentary Election and Pangs of Love
|Novella||New contributor Peter A. Balaskas depicts a man confronting physical and moral monstrosities in a ‘house’ isolated by blistering storms: In His House, part 1.|
New contributor Edward C. Doerr depictds a man confronting his own horror in the ‘subway train’ of his mind: Subway, part 1; conclusion.|
When your familiar wants a mango, you’ll pull out all the magical stops to get her one: Olga Godim, Beatrice Shall Come to the Mango, part 1; conclusion.
New contributor Hal Houser takes a new commonplace beyond sociology and into cosmology: The Real Six Degrees of Separation.
What did Catherine the Great do when she discovered a wayward valet busy playing poker? Rhiannon knows! Rachel Parsons, The Frustration of Rhiannon.
New contributor Suanne Warr introduces a proper lady who has problems with everybody else’s enthusiasm about the new songsters in town: Bovine Aspirations.
|New contributor Jim Harrington depicts the feelings of a victim of urban gang warfare: Sons of Their Fathers.|
New contributor Shannon Joyce Prince, The Orisa|
Thomas B. White, The Toxic Years
|Carol Edwards, Cowpats|
|Welcome||Bewildering Stories welcomes Peter A. Balaskas, Edward C. Doerr, Jim Harrington, Hal Houser, Shannon Joyce Prince, and Suanne Warr.|
Reprint: Bruce Catton, Night Train|
Don Webb, Those Three Weird Dots
Thomas B. White, The Otherness of Poetry
David Redd responds to Challenge 260.|
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art|
NASA: Picture of the Day
|Louise Norlie reviews James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner.|
|Editorial||Jerry Wright, xxx|
Bewildering Stories News
by Don Webb, managing editor
Coordinating Editor: Bill Bowler has kindly volunteered for a ‘promotion’ to the newly formed position of Coordinating Editor. He will send acknowledgments to contributors, ask review editors for critiques, and forward them to contributors. He will also forward to the Managing Editor (that’s me, I’ve promoted myself) acceptances formatted in ‘Bewildering Stories standard’ style.
Contributors can make things easier for us by sending manuscripts in ‘BwS standard’. It’s illustrated on our sample page. And it’s astoundingly simple. Indeed, much of my work as Copy Editor has consisted in bulldozing superfluous text decorations and weird spacings out of submissions.
We’ve needed a Coordinating Editor for a long time. A year ago, I foresaw the time coming when I would no longer be able to handle all the correspondence and the rest of Bewildering Stories’ work, too. And the time came. Between September 23 and October 5, I had to travel on short notice and was out of touch the whole time.
With the help of Bill Bowler, the rest of the Review Board, and — we hope — our contributors, we’ll catch up with the mail yet!
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.”
Readers’ reactions are always welcome.
Copyright © October 8, 2007 by Bewildering Stories