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What’s in Issue 265

Novel Claës Lundin, Oxygen and Aromasia
Aunt Vera reminds Aromasia that women have long since achieved equal status with men in society. Meanwhile, Oxygen and Apollonides joust almost in medieval style for their fair lady’s slightest sign of approval:
Novella In the House, the inhabitants suffer even fatal injuries, but no one dies. Might they survive the Tempest, as well? Peter A. Balaskas, In His House, part 4.
If your dreams tell you the secret of life, write it down on a piece of yellow paper before you wake up. You may discover that the secret is really quite simple: Bob Brill, The Secret of Life, part 1; conclusion.

When a specter comes trick or treating and stays to haunt the town, a dapper exorcist may be just what’s needed: Chris Chapman, The Tale of Tie-Burn Tridds, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor Lincoln Crisler shows how concert fans can really take their fervor for rock stars over the top: Farewell Engagement.

Young Dan’s life is all Halloween all the time. It’s high time someone put a stop to that: Colin P. Davies, Happy Halloween, part 1; conclusion.

In an underwater world, Marche finds his way to the surface in a rite of passage: Janie Hofmann, The Recruit.

New contributor J A Howe introduces Liz Hopkins, a small-time crook, who gets mixed up in interplanetary big-time crime: Not Gonna Wait, part 1; part 2; conclusion.

New contributor Laura Stamps paints a lyrical picture of a cat and a raccoon: Days of Wordsworth.
Music can either soothe or smother the savage breast: Sophie Bachard, The Vanity of Arthur Dent.

Sometimes a superhero just needs a change of pace... or place: Richard K. Lyon, Rotational Assignment.
Caroline M. Davies, Lettuce Meditations
Mary B. McArdle, Patagonia


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Lincoln Crisler, Jackie Gamber, J A Howe, and Laura Stamps.
The Critics’
Don Webb, One Word or Two?
Challenge Challenge 265 calls “Man overboard!”: Heroes Afloat.
Letters Kevin Ahearn nominates The Best and the Brightest.
The Art
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art
NASA: Picture of the Day

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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