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
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 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”|
|Danielle L. Parker reviews Paul di Filippo, Harp, Pipe & Symphony|
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.”
Readers’ reactions are always welcome.
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