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What’s in Issue 357

Novel Interstellar emissary George Pike takes a jaundiced view of international conferences, but the one he’s called has to accomplish a big project. And George holds the whip hand:
Gabriel S. Timar, The Hades Connection, Chapter 21, part 1; part 2.
Novella The world begins to sort itself out after Floozman’s first appearance. Fred Looseman is exhausted, but he promises Floozman’s return:
Bertrand Cayzac, Floozman : First Episode with Figs and Riesling
part 13: AftermathAftermath
Serial New contributor Michael R. Meyerhofer introduces Castor, a ‘mouthbrush’ merchant whose product is effective if you don’t mind why. He has powerful and greedy enemies but a powerful and clever sidekick, as well: A Merchant’s Luck, part 1; part 2; part 3.
A football game on Mars? Winning isn’t ‘the only thing’: Bertil Falk, The Morning Gift.

New contributor Ingvar Mattson depicts a future world where industrial espionage is conducted by mage-led commando raids. But as always, infantry is the key to victory: Project Unnamed: Memories, part 1; part 2; part 3; conclusion.

New contributor Kyle White will make you think twice about taking a job as a night watchman in an abandoned warehouse, especially if you like kitty-cats: The Hand That Feeds You.
New contributor Grove Koger portrays an alternate history in which a defeated king remains loyal to the end: How is the Empire?

Sue Parman, The Garbage Man
Poetry Oonah V. Joslin, Definitions - after W. C. Minor
Mary B. McArdle, Vortex
Rebecca Lu Kiernan, Night-bloom
Anna Ruiz, Anunnaki
Memoir And where were you on January 20, 1961? Ron Van Sweringen, Hail and Farewell.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Grove Koger, Ingvar Mattson, Michael R. Meyerhofer, and Kyle White.
The Critics’
Bertrand Cayzac, et al., “Figs and Riesling
Challenge Challenge 357 comes back to Where It Began.
The Reading
Danielle L. Parker reviews William Morris, The Wood Beyond the World.
Editorial Don Webb, Correspondence With Agents and Publishers
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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