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The Readers’ Guide

What’s in Issue 388


This is the last regular issue of the second quarter.
Next week we’ll bring you the Editors’ Choices from issues 377-388.

Novel In the final showdown with Alex, the rogue artificial intelligence, O’Leary and Christie learn that what is real transcends both the physical and the virtual:
Karlos Allen, Rusted Chrome
Serial Faced with mechanical doom, the Captain, Varus, and Penel must fulfill their own destinies: Resha Caner, Dark World, part 6; conclusion
Money-runners for racketeer Joe “Fingers” had better keep their accounts on the up and up, or he’ll cut them off: Arnold Hollander, One for the Money.

New contributor Tom Lassiter portrays a widower and his young daughter, who find they can rise above an endless rain: The Girl Who Disappeared Clouds.

Captain Jim Blunt roves the spaceways of the galactic frontier in search of profit and adventure. He’s bold, brave, and big-hearted, but he has an even more special quality: he’s willing to learn: Danielle L. Parker, The Embrace of the Four-Armed Houri, part 1; part 2; part 3; conclusion.

Young Robbie Mathews, a talented art student, receives a precious memento as a parting gift from his instructor, Madame Volinsky. But Robbie finds that he must lose that gift in order to keep it: Ron Van Sweringen, The Cross Among the Lakes.
New contributor S. R. Panda introduces Hasrat, a medical student visiting a psychiatric patient. The case seems easy at first, but overconfidence may cause the young physician to doubt his own sanity: Exercise in Humility.
Poetry John Stocks, Love’s Like That
Prakash Kona, Love’s Nest
Memoir A true hero spares us from having to be one, ourselves: Michael Murry, The Hero with a Single Face.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Tom Lassiter and S. R. Panda.
The Critics’
Resha Caner and Don Webb discuss “Dark World.”
Challenge Challenge 388 gives Long Shrift.
The Reading
Marina J. Neary, Wynfield’s Kingdom, 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

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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