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What’s in Issue 386

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Novel Detective O’Leary taps into the Net and barely escapes intact. Meanwhile, Bill has recovered from his disastrous encounter and helps plan a new strategy:
Karlos Allen, Rusted Chrome
Serial In tunnels on an alien planet, people have evolved to live like ants. The work is hard enough, but the politics are horrendous:
Resha Caner, Dark World, part 1; part 2, page 1, page 2
Holy relics have been objects of veneration since time immemorial, and their authenticity has often been doubtful. But what if an indisputably authentic relic were discovered — and it began to multiply? Antonio Bellomi, Mystery InfiniteMistero InfinitoMysterium Infinitum.

New contributor Z. T. Burian pictures poor Henri, a medieval peasant sentenced to mind-numbing labor in a cynical bureaucracy in the afterlife. It’s supposedly Purgatory, but is it, really? That Great Big Ladder in the Sky, part 1; conclusion.

If you’re going to dig deep, be sure it’s for buried treasure. Looking for the subject of a horrible legend may not be worth the effort: James A. Ford, The Tomb of Amoratrix.

A beautiful chair commands a respectable price, but this chair has story that is itself well worth the cost: Ron Van Sweringen, The French Chair.
As we always say, writers can never be too careful in their choice of names. But sometimes prudence can be taken just a little far: Oonah V. Joslin, Boldly Going Nowhere.

One thing seems to be sure: something moved: LaVerne Zocco, The Moon Moved.
Poetry Channie Greenberg, Past the Halflings’ Village
John Stocks, An Evening with Mr Williams


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Z. T. Burian.
The Critics’
Bill Bowler, High School Honey: Confessions of a Conflicted Author

Bertrand Cayzac, Floozman Is Not a Work of LiteratureFloozman n’est pas une œuvre littéraire
Challenge Challenge 386: Pilgrimage to Enigma
The Reading
Eric G. Müller, Rites of Rock, excerpt
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

Serial: “Dark World” concludes in issue 388 but is on line in its entirety as of this issue.

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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