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What’s in Issue 288

Novel Slawomir Rapala, The Three Kings
Shira reminds the Tha-kians of profits awaiting at the slave market, but his shipmates seem to think that their captives are supposed to be beaten senseless and thrown overboard. Iskald is cursed, whipped, thrashed and cudgeled repeatedly but only grows all the more stubborn.
Chapter IV: Empty Heaven, part 2; part 3; part 4
Novella Bertil Falk, Eucharist for a Sinless Mankind
On the eruptive surface of Io, Paxinterra, Mervil Tojas, and Björn Personit ponder sinlessness from the perspective of android Cardinals. Meanwhile, Xavier Pascal pleads with Abbess Tamara Crossfire to abandon her missionary work in an immaterial universe and save him from the wrath of Teresia Nightmare.
Chapter 2: The Not-Sinning Ones, part 5; part 6
Serial Beverly tries to talk to her family and has a date with Joe, but Anida offers something different: Fred Ollinger, The Brummagem Clan Ablated, part 3; conclusion.
They who build walls deserve not to get what they don’t get: Bill Bowler, The Wall, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor Jacqueline Gum looks at love as both a physical and mystical reality: Night Traveler.

New contributor Heather Kuehl introduces the elf Kinandrea, who finds in Jackson a devoted husband: Raising the Dead, part 1; conclusion.
What Dorian Gray images might be captured by Xselian’s camera obscura? Oonah V Joslin, Exposure.

An uncommon idiomatic turn of phrase lends special intensity to shopping and zombies: Lyn Perry, The Hunt Hunt.
Poetry Gary Inbinder, Storm at Sunrise
Michael Murry, Soldier’s Soldier
Christopher Barnes, Playground Soldier
Richard H. Fay, Infiltration
Essays What symbolism, some of it faintly naughty, might lurk in the Ring and the pronoun “I”? Mark Murdock, Analogical Meaning in Lord of the Rings, part 2.

Michael Murry shows how the march of poetic meter can sound ‘a fire bell in the night’: Beasts of My Land.
Memoir Gabriel Timar shows that Newfoundland is itself a truly Bewildering story: God’s Country.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Jacqueline Gum and Heather Kuehl.
Challenge Challenge 288 slides through the issue, Getting Splinters in the Process.
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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