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Novel Richard K. Lyon, The Long Dark Road to Wizardry
Druin perished in a conflagration with his grandfather, the wizard Mardarin. But as the mysterious astral figure Pyre, he works closer than ever with his young cousin Breen, to whom he sends three dreams. Breen is a reluctant partner, especially since he has to assume a new identity for undercover work.
Serial Cohen follows his nose in search of a bomb and heads straight for the funeral foreseen for him in the time viewer: Peter Cawdron, Countdown: Three Days, part 3; part 4; conclusion.
New contributor William Blick introduces Mr. Jensen, who is fed up with failure and wants to select the memories and dreams he can live with: The Quixotic Slumber of Mr. Jensen.

New contributor John E. LaCarna portrays an amateur miscreant who just won’t take a hint: Warning Signal, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor Nicola Somerscales stages a market for otherworldly ‘cattle’. It goes badly awry when one of the animals proves to be sentient: The Auctioneer’s Prize, part 1; part 2; conclusion.

New contributor Tom Underhill shows stages in the career of a man who has supernatural powers but refuses to be the prophet foretold by the sect that has nurtured him: Branded Faith, part 1; conclusion.
St. Joseph has been the butt of bad jokes for two millennia. What might be his point of view? Avis Hickman-Gibb, On the Road Home.
Poetry Bill Bowler, Poems to Louise H., Petite Pathétique
Oonah V. Joslin, Not His Last Duchess
Ashutosh Ghildiyal, Untried Verse
Anna Ruiz, How Others Do It
Essay Craig Snyder lists several story ideas in the form of his Action Plan!.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes William Blick, John E. LaCarna, Nicola Somerscales, and Tom Underhill.
The Critics’
Carmen Ruggero, Michael E. Lloyd’s “History”
Challenge Challenge 329 Responses:
Marjorie Salwezel, “Captain Webster
Don Webb, “Robot Emissary
Challenge 330: Pump O’Clock, and All’s Unwell
Jerry Wright and Danielle L. Parker, RadCon 09
The Art
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art
NASA: Picture of the Day
Earth Observatory Picture of the Day
The Reading
Jerry Wright reviews N. D. Wilson, Dandelion Fire.

Bewildering Stories News

The 1QR: This is the last regular issue of the winter or summer, depending on your Hemisphere. Next week will bring you the First Quarterly Review of 2009. We will resume regular publication with issue 331 on April 6.

Older Writers Grant: The deadline for the Speculative Literature Foundation’s Older Writers’ Grant is fast approaching! The grant of $750 is available to any writer of speculative literature of 50 years or older at the time of application who is just beginning to work professionally in the field. There are no restrictions on the use of the grant money.

Applicants are asked to submit a brief autobiographical statement, a writing sample, and a bibliography. For full details on how to apply for the grant, please see the SLF web site, or email Olderwriters. Applications must be received by March 31st 2009. The successful applicant will be announced on June 1st 2009.

Randomly selected Bewildering motto:

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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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