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Novel Slawomir Rapala, The Three Kings
The Jewel of Lyons sits proudly and at peace atop a craggy sea shore. But storm clouds are gathering around Duke Vahan and his son Iskald. General Aezubah is the first to sense the danger.
Chapter 1: Troubled Tides, part 1; part 2; part 3
Novella O. J. Anderson, As Good as Dead
Jack Creed’s career in combating monsters started when he was a teenager. Even at a young age he had the right stuff — know-how, firepower, and, above all, steely-eyed courage: Chapter 1; Chapter 2; Chapter 3.
Serials Bodkins plays out the Robinson Crusoe story turned upside down. When rescue comes, that’s when Bodkins really needs rescuing: Bill Bowler, Bodkins the Great, part 4; part 5; conclusion.

Allunai and Showa need each other for survival, but first they have to be sure they can trust one another: Leona Rigger, Marked for Eradication, part 3; conclusion.
In an insane asylum, you’re not supposed to be able to distinguish fiction from reality. What happens if you can? Doug Hiser, The Blackbird of Death.

New contributor Jack P. Lowe introduces Isburg and Helen, an old married couple who hate each other because they’re so much alike: Endless Blue Horizons, part 1; conclusion.

A state of literary inspiration is a good thing, but if you get too carried away, you may not want to leave: Tamara Sheehan, Homebody.
In a highly linked society, where can one hide? Kane X. Faucher, Fakebook.

New contributor Match Ryan depicts a wonderful transformation in Loretta, the Prodigal Dog.
Poetry Michael Lee Johnson, No One is Here
Anna Ruiz, Little Stone
John Stocks, Absinthe on Black Hill
Memoir New contributor Francine Schwartz remembers when I Was Dancing.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Jack Phillips Lowe, Match Ryan, and Francine Schwartz.
The Critics’
Fiona Davis writes about Wonus.
Challenge Challenge 281 calls Come Home, Little Con-Dog.
The Art
NASA: Endeavour Spacewalk 7
NASA: Picture of the Day
The Reading
Pamela Faye reviews R D Larson, Mama Tried to Raise a Lady.
Editorial Don Webb, storySouth: Our Readers Get Their Say

Bewildering Stories News

storySouth contest: The fifth annual “Million Writers” contest is open at storySouth during the month of March. Readers, authors, and editors are invited to submit nominations for prose fiction published on line in 2007. Please see our editorial in this issue for details.

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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