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What’s in Issue 297

Novels Slawomir Rapala, The Three Kings
Laela rebukes Iskald for being a bloodthirsty barbarian, but she’s going to need him for exactly those qualities; treachery and an ancient conspiracy lie in ambush.
Chapter IX Knight in Shining Armor, part 3; part 4

Michael E. Lloyd, Observation Three: Changing Hearts
Kristy Toresito is unhappy as the Domans’ U.S. ambassador. She puts together a colourful local team, but they are delayed even as the Brighter Vale financiers plot to dismantle Kristy's unsavoury little business. Meanwhile, many U.S. government agencies scratch their heads as they contemplate the effects of the Mojave Incident.
Foreword: The story to date
Chapter 1: Napa Valley, California, part 1; part 2
Chapter 2: Bay Area, California
Chapter 3: Much Ado
Serials New contributor Bertrand Cayzac, Floozman
Floozman, an unusual superhero, brings deliverance through a scandalous abundance.

‘I am the keeper of small flowers... I am the mountain painter draping the view with my cloak of mist and gentle color... I make coffee beans spicy and teach mocking-birds their trade. I’m a dreary day on the forest’s edge... Sometimes, I am the whole sky. All this, and once someone had the nerve to tell me that I would always be average’: Shannon J. Prince, Why Magicians Have No Epitaphs, part 1.

Want the latest gizmo? Not so fast, there; sometimes an old version just... blows it away: E. S. Strout, Last Chance.
Drama Arthur Rimbaud plays a game of whist on a ship bound for America: Bertil Falk, The Portent.
Martin Green gives an entirely new slant on the expression ‘bored to death’: The Button-Pushers of Mars.

New contributor Brin Manoogian-O’Dell depicts a cubicle employee on a trip: Blurred Borders.
Poetry Anna Ruiz, Origami Bird
John Grey, Henry
Memoir When does ‘foreign aid’ help, and when does it not? Gabriel Timar, African Poverty.
Essay Mel Waldman, Divided Judaism


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Bertrand Cayzac, Brin Manoogian-O’Dell, and Greg Oguss.
Challenge Challenge 297 greets Cousin Tablecloth.
The Art
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art
NASA: Picture of the Day
The Reading
Excerpt: Greg Oguss, Angelust
Editorial Don Webb, Another Quarter, Another Show

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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