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What’s in Issue 390

Novel Donna encounters the charming Shaun and is deeply relieved to find she now has a sympathetic ally. Dismissing every warning sign, she shares her most painful secrets with him and takes his cue for her next foray.
Michael E. Lloyd, Donna’s Men
Book I: Windmills Everywhere
Chapter 2: Friend At Hand, part 1; part 2
Novellas DJ meets the director of Jeanie’s Jams and acquires a costume — although perhaps not footwear — appropriate for the company’s new advertising campaign.
Oonah V. Joslin, A Genie in a Jam
Granny the Witch arranges for Bonnie to be taken in by the Sisters of Limited Charity. Skippy, on his way westward, is captured by bandits.
Frederick D. Rustam, Skippy’s World
Chapter 2: The Outsider
Serial In an attempt to recover the past, Professor Stone inadvertently creates a love triangle with Janice and Charlene 3. He also unwittingly creates a monster: Bill Bowler, Charlenes 2 and 3, part 3; conclusion
In the far future, time and space can really get tied in knots: Bertil Falk, The Mystery of the Universal Trifle.

New contributor S. Kilroy has Eric meet Sarah, who has big ideas about the possibilities of microbial evolution. But maybe the bugs are just having fun at human beings’ expense: Symbiotic Puppets, part 1; part 2; conclusion.

New contributor M. L. Nichols introduces a large forest-dwelling creature who comes into contact with people. When large predators meet smart ones, they’re all Monsters.
‘It is so much easier to prepare meals that come prespiced’: Channie Greenberg, Shuffling Through Onion Grass.

In a world where magic is commonplace, revenge fantasies can achieve deadly efficiency: Sean Monaghan, Jacob’s Naked Aquarium.

A flying horse with a tail the color of wheat can take a young girl left of the moon and south of the morning star: Carmen Ruggero, Trigal.
Poetry Anna Ruiz, In the Lexicon Lab
Memoir Henry F. Tonn cautions that one risks becoming both an actor and a spectator in an impromptu theater of the absurd when Dating Over Forty.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes M. L. Nichols.
Challenge Challenge 390: Rap Around the Clock
The Reading
Bryce R. Piper, Orlando’s Vigil, 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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