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Novel Claës Lundin, Oxygen and Aromasia
Hemispherion takes time out from building his second spaceship to approach Oxygen for help in seeking sunken treasure. All’s well that ends well, and the question in the title of the concluding chapter can be answered with a resounding ‘Yes!’
Chapter 23: The Wonderful Chest, part 1; part 2; part 3
Chapter 24: Reality or Dream? conclusion
Internet numerology haunts a retired actress. Trouble is, the curse of Eleven is contagious: Walter Giersbach, Number Eleven.

On the coastlands of the Eldritch Sea, the Night Bird sings a siren song to a boy who is destined to become a prophet: Harry Lang, The Song of the Night Bird.

If your Christmas lights go off and on inexplicably, listen to little Katy and check your snowmen: C. Meton, The Littlest Snowman.

If something goes right inexplicably, check your karma and go with the flow: S. M. Murdock, Happily Perfect.

New contributor Troy D. Nooe says that chicken wire can help overcome Writer’s Block, part 1; conclusion.
Drama Jacob Friedman is haunted by an uncle’s vision of green eyes from sixty years ago: Mel Waldman, The Good Dybbuk of Brooklyn.
New contributor Andrew Bolt can’t seem to get a straight answer at the pearly entrance from St. Doorman the Mighty.

Reginald seeks three ghosts in the snow: Oonah V Joslin, Whiteout.

New contributor JwBennett holds an audition for would-be deities: Earth Idol.

Bring one group out of the closet and shove another group into it. What’s behind all that anyway? Richard K. Lyon, The Christmas Present War.
Poetry Darby Mitchell, A Net to Catch a Silver Fish
John Stocks, A Song at Twilight
Michael Lee Johnson, Graying In My Life
Oonah V Joslin, Ships


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Andrew Bolt, JwBennett, and Troy D. Nooe.
The Critics’
Gary Inbinder, What a Coincidence...
Don Webb, Oxygen and Aromasia: the Future in the Past
Challenge Challenge 271 response: Carol Reid writes about “Primitive Instincts.”

Challenge 272 calls None but the Free and Bewildered.

The Art
Crystalwizard, Dragon Tower
NASA: Picture of the Day

Bewildering Stories News

At Year’s End: This is Bewildering Stories’ last regularly scheduled issue for 2007. The Fourth Quarterly Review will appear in two parts, on December 24th and 31st. We’ll resume regular publication with issue 273 on January 7, 2008.

Bewildering Season’s Greetings: Stories are all we are and all we have. Some are cautionary; some, diverting; others, instructive. Write your own. After all, that is what everyone does, and there is no story so truly Bewildering as... reality.

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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