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What’s in Issue 302

Novels Slawomir Rapala, The Three Kings
Iskald’s voyage home passes without incident, but once ashore he wonders anxiously how he’ll be received:
Chapter XI Belonging, part 4
Chapter XII Heritage, part 1

Michael E. Lloyd, Observation Three: Changing Hearts
The Domans assess the situation and consider their handling of Toni and Maelene. Quo reports on some largely uninspiring human behaviours. In Las Vegas, Toni shares his views on the media; and Maelene delivers her expansive surprise, but it seems to fall a little flat:
Chapter 11: Conference Room, Mater, part 1; part 2
Chapter 12: Thinking Big, part 1; part 2
Novella In a matriarchal society in an asteroid belt far, far away, young lads of marriageable age weigh their chances at matrimony: Bertil Falk, Bias and Vanity, chapter 1.
Serial New contributor Emanuele Pettener introduces Tommaso Egerri, who must have a story ready by Saturday for the dread editrix Grassona, part 1.
New contributor Tad Bolmont depicts a boy who earns his pay as a Guardian.

New contributor Noel Denvir reveals what’s right with the music scene around a Distant Star.

True love with a real person is the ideal. What’s the next best thing? R. Scott McCoy, The Morning After.

Carl’s life in a tenement is like a bird on a short-circuited power line. How to get out? Take the nearest transportation; it’ll show the way: Travis A. Moore, Elevator, part 1; conclusion.

To realize the world’s grandest dreams, just hatch this beautiful emissary from beyond time and space — if you will: Thomas Lee Joseph Smith, Sit-Ups of the Space Marines.
‘Café’ stories abound, and this one keeps coming back to haunt us: Gary Inbinder, Nemo at the Café.

What’s your opinion of metempsychosis? Speculation is one thing; consciously living it, that’s another: Mary King, Coming Back.

If you want to take big risks, they may as well be pretty ones: Sylvia Spruck Wrigley, Sailing.
Poetry Oonah V Joslin, What Boundaries
John Stocks, Altered States
Anna Ruiz, Hatshepsut


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Tad Bolmont, Noel Denvir, and Emanuele Pettener.
The Critics’
Bertil Falk considers The Proto-Detective Novel.
Challenge Challenge 302 Altering States
Challenge 302 Response: Bill Bowler, The Imagery of “Elevator”
Letters Deep Bora writes about Conflict on the Border in Assam.
Mary King sends Congratulations.
Danielle L. Parker writes About the Challenges.
The Art
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art
NASA: Picture of the Day
Editorial Don Webb, About Simultaneous Submissions

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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