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What’s in Issue 289

Novel Slawomir Rapala, The Three Kings
Tha-kian slave traders have repeatedly thrashed, pummeled and bludgeoned Iskald to within an inch of his life. That abuse was a picnic compared to the horrors awaiting him in a Nekryan ore mine.
Chapter IV: Empty Heaven, part 5
Chapter V: On the Brink of Madness, part 1
Novella Bertil Falk, Eucharist for a Sinless Mankind
The angel-like inhabitants of the immaterial universe desperately need Mother Tamara Crossfire’s missionary work. Meanwhile, Teresia Nightmare finds that a centuries-long space war puts her in a mood to forgive her erring Xavier Pascal.
Chapter 2: The Not-Sinning Ones, part 7
Chapter 3: The Building Stones of Sinlessness, part 1
Serial New contributor Michael A. Potter has a mountain climber slip into the hands of some decidedly strange people during Alessandro’s Unexpected Traverse, part 1; part 2.
Siobhan has reason to weep in Ireland during the famine, but where ill abounded, kindness did all the more abound: R D Larson, Wind From the Edge of the Cloud, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor R. Scott McCoy pictures a family after the end of civilization on Day Twenty.

New contributor Pat Wakeley examines art as a prerequisite for procreation in a world gone Over the Edge.
A vengeful slap can do double duty: Jennifer Walmsley, Smiler.

New contributor Sylvia S. Wrigley shows what happens to a man who was really not Everything She Wanted.
Poetry Michael Lee Johnson, I Hide My Craft
John Grey, Octobered
Anna Ruiz, I Awaken This Morning
Shelly Parenti, Gravity
Essay Mark Murdock, Analogical Meaning in Lord of the Rings, part 3; part 4


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes R. Scott McCoy, Shelly Parenti, Pat Wakeley, and Sylvia S. Wrigley.
Challenge Challenge 289 warns against Pegging Out the Sin-Meter.
Contest 4 Lewayne L. White, Quarterbacky
The Art
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art
NASA: Picture of the Day
The Reading
Danielle L. Parker reviews Colin P. Davies, Tall Tales on the Iron Horse

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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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