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Bewildering Stories

What’s in Issue 323

Novel Richard K. Lyon, The Long Dark Road to Wizardry
You have troubles? What if your life is at stake in a mortal duel with an unbeatable foe, and your champion is mounted on a wooden horse on a slippery slope? And a one-eyed barbarian will murder you unless you can just get him to read this book... It’s worry time!
Book II: What Was Found in the Cellar
Episode 2: Mounted Combat on a Wooden Horse
Episode 3: The Undead Book
Novella Tala Bar, Lunari
The crew of the marooned starship Incentive begin to make the acquaintance of their descendants through time-slip telepathy. The future Lunarians are very strange indeed: their diet is rudimentary and they talk in colors. Are they male or female? Maybe. Anyway, what would be the point?
Chapter 4: The Controller, part 1; part 2
Serial New contributor E. V. Neagu introduces us to a writers’ group whose founder scorns it. But a shy member promises to introduce him to Hilbert, who is a redoubtable muse or agent... or something: The Circumstances Concerning Hilbert, part 1.
You have to hand it to these Tantrics, they have a great talent for sheer fun: Tantra Bensko, Daring with Monks, part 1; conclusion.

Want to stage a farce? Here’s a bagful of props: Chris Chapman, The Cosmic Slug, part 1; conclusion.

In the purchase of a pet, beware both the smug and the con: Kenneth C. Goldman, A Pet Shop Parable.
Not exactly the baby an adopting couple would expect — or is it? RD Larson, Waiting for Aria Rose.

New contributor Swan Morrison reflects on profound reflections arising from menial, repetitive labor: Stackers.
Poetry Mark Bonica, Convertible
Katherine L. Michaels, My Day
Casey Quinn, Simple Poems
Memoir Which would you have married: the lively one, the mysterious one, or the faithful one? Will Gray, The Last Dance.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Swan Morrison and E. V. Neagu.
The Critics’
Oonah V. Joslin, Explication of “Praise Song for the Day”
Challenge Challenge 323 sees the coin Coming Up Tails.
The Art
Deep Bora, Woods Villa
NASA: Picture of the Day
Earth Observatory 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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