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What’s in Issue 355

Novel George Pike blows up a statue to prove he’s from outer space. That’s good enough for the Prime Minister, but something more drastic will be needed to persuade other heads of government:
Gabriel S. Timar, The Hades Connection
Novella Fred Looseman just wants to get away from it all and have a good time, but he comes to grips with very powerful supernatural forces that will have their way with him. Such is the unique origin of the superhero:
Bertrand Cayzac, Floozman : First Episode with Figs and Riesling
New contributor Terry W. Ervin II has a scholar use a crude manuscript forgery to teach a student a lesson about history — a lesson the teacher, himself, would do well to heed: Fictional History, part 1; conclusion.

Message, message, who’s got the message? Bertil Falk, A Temporal Feedback.

New contributor Steven Hemming explains the origin of an accidental future dystopia: A Cry in the Crowd, part 1; part 2; conclusion.

Do you want to plan an evening of civic fun? Just get this group together to organize it. But don’t hold your breath: Oonah V. Joslin, Com’all Ye, part 1; conclusion.

The exit sign means everything you think it does; the important thing is how you feel about it: Mel Waldman, The Last Exit.
New contributor Liz Haigh introduces a not entirely coolly analytical machine: Analysis Complete.

New contributor Janet A. Weinberg will have you swear off hamburgers: Before the Great Change.
Poetry Marina J. Neary, Shirt of Iron
John Stocks, Summer
Crystalwizard, Forest Dweller
Becky Franklin, A Wish for the Night


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Terry W. Ervin II, Liz Haigh, and Janet Amalia Weinberg.
The Critics’
Don Webb
Challenge Challenge 354 Response: D. A. Madigan on “A Dish Best Served Cold”

Challenge 355: I Remember It Well

Challenge 355 Response: Bertil Falk on “A Temporal Feedback”
The Reading
Danielle L. Parker reviews Iain M. Banks, Consider Phlebas
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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