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What’s in Issue 393

Novel Shaun and Donna hit the streets and parks of Paris in search of new architectural misdemeanors. And while they’re at it, Donna is desperate to absorb the aftertones of the city’s great departed spirits:
Michael E. Lloyd, Donna’s Men
Book I: Windmills Everywhere
Chapter 5: Dazing Ape Harry, part 1; part 2; part 3
Novellas What’s a genie to do when a stoned partier wishes for ‘warrald peace’? Why, consult the highest authority, of course! And you know who that is...
Oonah V. Joslin, A Genie in a Jam
Skippy overcomes bandits and becomes Celia Cadwalader’s bodyguard on her trip to Bartertown to become the mayor’s seventh wife:
Frederick D. Rustam, Skippy’s World
New contributor Uddalak Banerjee depicts a hapless student’s shame and his fear of living in a world controlled by a faceless puppeteer: The Pantomime.

New contributor David Pilling sets several characters and themes in motion in a space aliens’ plot to change the world: Shunned, part 1; part 2; part 3; conclusion.

New contributor Alexei Russell introduces Hitman Hollis, a well-intentioned boxer who makes a tragic mistake: Teak’s Prizefighter.

Dixie’s desire for wealth is understandable, but who is the mysterious Carmody? What does he want, and why? Adelaide Shaw, Carmody, part 1; conclusion.
So much is left unsaid in coffee-shop conversations. What if we could overhear it? Arthur Mackeown, The Eyes Have It.

Do you remember the old joke about imagining authority figures in their underwear? Get a load of this corporate king! Bryce R. Piper, A Decision to Slip Into Lightly.
Poetry John Stocks, Every Thought Expects Betrayal
Anna Ruiz, The Embrace of Heron’s Wings


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Uddalak Banerjee, David Pilling, and Alexei Russell
Challenge Challenge 393: Fall Guys
Challenge 393 Response: Jerry Wright and Don Webb, The Intentional Fallacy
The Reading
Bertil Falk reviews Anthony Boucher & Denis Green, The Casebook of Gregory Hood
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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