What’s in Issue 348
|Novel||The brain trust of Hades, Ltd. has completed plans to smuggle George Pike aboard the Khomus vessel Nimrod, where he must impersonate the captain. Pike discovers that in his new incarnation he’s been a hero in the space wars of this alternate Earth: Gabriel S. Timar, The Hades Connection, chapter 9; chapter 10, part 1; part 2.|
Fred Looseman gives a conference presentation about risk analysis in the La Figa bank’s operations. His session is desultory, even boring — until the audience realizes what La Figa is and what the risk really involves: Bertrand Cayzac, Floozman: First Episode with Figs and Riesling
part 3: Fred’s Presentation — La Présentation de Fred
part 4: The Old Consultant’s Slumber — Le Sommeil du vieux consultant
Walter Wobble despairs of his career as a student and settles into an existence as a latter-day Romantic poet in a New York City tenement. There’s more: a vision of the captivating Cynthia may turn Walter’s life into an opera: Bill Bowler, The Bohemian
If you saw a preview of your life, would you want to live it? Could you? Mark Bastable, Flick Book, part 1; conclusion.|
An old, abandoned house doesn’t want to crumble, and it has strange and roundabout ways of protecting itself: Michael D. Brooks, Bully Factor.
New contributor S. D. Houston plays a practical joke on Dorian Gray: Falling Shut.
Does life resemble a crossword puzzle or is it the other way around? Maybe it all depends on who reads the clues: Diana Pollin, Grey Lines on White Paper.
New contributor Eileen Elkinson evokes nostalgia for school days, good old gang-war, violence-ridden school days: Everyday Disasters.|
New contributor Peter McMillan gives a few good reasons why a certain man might not want to be seen At the Grocery.
Francine Schwartz, Silhouettes|
John W. Steele, The Machine
|Don Webb, I’m All, “And the Night Visitor!”|
|Welcome||Bewildering Stories welcomes Eileen Elkinson, S. D. Houston, and Peter McMillan.|
Challenge 347 Response: Crystalwizard writes about “The Name of the Tree.”|
Challenge 348: Like, Say It Again, Sam?
|Danielle L. Parker reviews Gardner Dozois & Jonathan Strahan, eds, The New Space Opera.|
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.
Copyright © August 10, 2009 by Bewildering Stories