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What’s in Issue 345

Novel Mr. Lucifer, CEO of Hades, Ltd., needs George Pike’s negotiating experience to head off a cataclysm threatened by a parallel Earth. Time is of the essence in the race to prevent a severe shortage of high-quality souls in the Third Dimension. George will have expert assistance from two of the corporation’s veterans: a certain Niccolò Macchiavelli and Attila T. Hun: Gabriel S. Timar, The Hades Connection, chapter 3, part 1; part 2; chapter 4.
Novella Lord Max Nagual reveals himself as well as Brian’s and Karen’s real origin and destiny: John W. Steele, Beyond the Island, chapter 24; conclusion.
Serial Molly has struggled all her life to contain her magical talent, but circumstances finally force her to use it: James C. G. Shirk, Green Thumb, part 3; part 4; conclusion.
A cat, a snake and a mysterious settee combine to haunt a museum collection of the ancient occult: Nükhet Barlas, The Abyssinian.

A woman out for a walk meets a boy in the flow of the continuum and in the conceptual nature of reality made symbols: Tantra Bensko, The Boy Who’s a Floating Flower.

Time travel offers the wonderful opportunity to go back and correct mistakes. But what if time travel is itself a mistake? How can it correct itself? Lynn Mann, The Assassin, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor Lorraine Nevin tells a story about African history. It bears the moral ‘Beware of false prophets’. And it raises a cautionary question: How far are we from superstition? The Water Carriers, part 1; conclusion.
Sometimes, on a very ordinary day, the ring of a doorbell will announce an unusual visitor: Ron Van Sweringen, The Icebox.

Next time you wonder where your e-mail went, just ask... Julie Wornan, Cookies in Cyberspace.
Poetry Francine Schwartz, Soul Mate
Ashutosh Ghildiyal, The Old Story
Arnold Hollander, Light and Dark


The Critics’
Mark Twain, Effective Prose Style or “Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offenses”

Discussion: What Was Mark Twain’s Real Target? with Bertil Falk, Gary Inbinder, and Don Webb

Challenge Challenge 345: Sagas of the False Gods

Challenge 345 Response: Bill Bowler writes about “Beyond the Island”

Letters John W. Steele reminisces in Looking Back at “Beyond the Island”
The Reading
Danielle L. Parker reviews Paul di Filippo, Harp, Pipe & Symphony
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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