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What’s in Issue 375

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Novel Diana and Sarina go out for an evening at a Goth party, which is already a bad scene. When they leave, things take a turn for the worse:
Robert N. Stephenson, Uttuku
Serial The girl and the soldier have learned a lot and have some decisions to make. However, The People feel they must avoid change at all costs: Colin Lee Heintze, In the Valley of Hermits, part 3; conclusion.
New contributor Nikki Alfar takes a girl on a trip of recognition: Adrift on the Street Formerly Known as Buendia.

New contributor Jannette Johnson introduces Master Corporal Floorg, who’s not sure who his friends or his enemies are: Echoes of Deception, part 1; conclusion.

Check your place on the food chain; hubris may consist in thinking you’re higher up than you are: Albert J. Manachino, Lady of the Lake.

The saddest dreams are those that ‘wheel like phantoms into an unfinished sky’: Sarah Ann Watts, Wicker Unicorns.
Pop and son are arguing again, this time about whether art is imitating life or vice-versa: Michael D. Brooks, Imitation.

Billie and Charles are not exactly who they appear to be: Ron Van Sweringen, Tuesday Night at the Rainbow Club.
Poetry John Grey, A Bride
Oonah V. Joslin, Flight of Starlings
Marina J. Neary, Mustardseed’s Ambush
John Stocks, Plath


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Nikki Alfar and Jannette Johnson.
Challenge Challenge 375: Down the Streets of Broken Dreams
Letters Tantra Bensko, Online Classes in Experimental Writing
Danielle L. Parker, The Value of Bewildering Stories
The Art
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art
NASA: Picture of the Day
Earth Observatory Picture of the Day
Our Earth as Art

Bewildering Stories News

100 Stories for Haiti: One of our editors, Sarah Ann Watts, is a contributor to a charity anthology. The proceeds will go to Haiti disaster relief through the British Red Cross. Information about the paperback and the e-book is available at

Coming up 4’s: News received on March 4. As of this issue, Michael E. Lloyd’s Titles & Authors Index lists 1,500 short stories in 375 issues for an average of exactly 4 per issue. The short stories make up 44% of all entries in the Index. That suggests the lottery numbers 4, 14, 15, 24, 34, 37, 44. As long as more than 13 million lotteries of the same kind are being played at the same time, the odds are pretty good — somewhere in the cosmos. Perhaps a Skeeglix in the Andromeda galaxy will take stylus in tentacle to thank Bewildering Stories for the hot tip. If you happen to be lucky, please remember the first News item.

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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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