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What’s in Issue 365

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Serials The apocalypse attending Mother Saulcerite’s elevation to the ‘Mopacy’ ends with a question from Carolus Brainflower, one that is probably unanswerable:
Bertil Falk, Apocalypse for a Dissociated Creator
Harley Pigeon learns what really happened in an odd and sinister love triangle, and he realizes what his tomato dream really means:
Rob Hunter, Cherokee Purple, part 5; part 6; part 7; part 8; conclusion
If you can achieve great things in fifty years, what could you do in ten times as many, given the talent and motivation? Lou Antonelli, Twilight on the Finger Lakes, part 1; conclusion.

New contributors Walther & Antonio Bellomi depict a spectral family of ancient nobility gathering at Christmastime to exchange news and look askance at one of their members’ becoming a... plumber! But what do these nobles know? They’re just ghosts, after all: An Incredible Christmas StoryUn’incredibile storia di Natale.

New contributor Albert J. Manachino tells a Santa Claus story from hell: The Game of Burke and Hare.

Clarise Samuels gives an entirely new meaning to the old question ‘Are you a man or a mouse?’ in The Edict of Vilnius.
Charles Dickens has a new friend: Ron Van Sweringen, A Warm Heart.

Young Beth-Ann is very attached to her old home and will go literally to any lengths to avoid moving to far Toronto: Joanna M. Weston, The Wreath.
Poetry Anna Ruiz, Two Movements, One Design
John Stocks, Ethie McLean
Marina J. Neary, Midwinter Elegy
Essay Bertil Falk, John Bampfylde, the Archetypal Mad Poet


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Antonio Bellomi and Albert J. Manachino.
Challenge Challenge 365 discovers a Touching Semblance.
The Reading
Rachel V. Olivier, The Holly and the Ivan, excerpt
The Art
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art
NASA: Picture of the Day
Earth Observatory Picture of the Day

Bewildering Stories News

Happy Holidays! This is the last regular issue of 2009. The next two weeks will bring you the Fourth Quarterly Review and the Annual Review. We’ll resume regular publication with issue 366 on January 4, 2010. E-mail slows down appreciably at this time of year; contributors please be patient.

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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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