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What’s in Issue 339

Novella The more Brian becomes recalcitrant, the more Lord Max Nagual ratchets up the threats. This time, it’s a dose of chaos: John W. Steele, Beyond the Island, chapter 12; chapter 13.
Serial New contributor David Smolenski introduces Bobby, age 5. Bobby’s birthday wish not to wake with nightmares has the opposite effect: You’re a Big Boy Now, part 1; part 2.
New contributor Dorothy Crossan shows three siblings on their way to dispose of their late father’s ashes. The ceremony will end in something of a shock as well as a release: Still Life.

Have you ever wanted to do something over again and get it right? Arnold does, in such a big way that he’ll need some strong-arm intervention on his behalf: Elliot R. Dorfman, Happy Birthday, Arnold.

A robot may be persecuted, but it can still recite poetry: Marjorie Salzwedel, Hidden Robot, part 1; conclusion.

A tree limb is the mark of liberation for Caroline. If it’s too high, bring it down, figuratively: Tom Underhill, Low Limb High, part 1; conclusion.
Road rage can lead to some rueful last thoughts: Crystalwizard, The Driver.

A couple on a flying trip to a tropical island discover that getting there is half the fun: Julie Eberhart Painter, Caribbean Paradise.
Poetry Ashutosh Ghildiyal, Reflections on Time
John Stocks, Woolacombe Sands: Evening
Memoir Gabriel Timar, The World is a Jungle
Book Two: The Violent Jungle
Have we seen this film before? If so, there’s a good reason for it: it’s true.
A Visit to the Cellar


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Dorothy Crossan and David Smolenski.
Challenge Challenge 339 heads Over the Cliff.
Letters Michele Dutcher, An Homage to Humor
The Reading
Bertil Falk reviews Hal White, The Mysteries of Reverend Dean
The Art
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art
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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