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What’s in Issue 401

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Novel The year is 2019, and the elderly Robert Kerr has a little tale to tell. He has invited Mrs Donna Wilkins to transcribe it for him. It begins at the close of the nineteenth century, but Donna soon learns of Jane Kerr’s untimely death, and is reading Peter’s diary in parallel with documenting Robert’s version of their childhood days.
Michael E. Lloyd, Donna’s Men
Book III: At Home With Robert
Chapter 1: Ups and Downs and In-Betweens, part 1; part 2
Chapter 2: Salad Days, part 1
Novellas DJ is so serious about Sakura that he’s pretending to be a prisoner in the dread gem mines. He’s searching for the perfect stone as a present for her. The impersonation is less easy than DJ expected, and he’ll need help.
Oonah V. Joslin, A Genie in a Jam
Chapter 13: In the Gem Mines

Just when Rod, Rex and Rhoda think they’ve escaped, Rumex agents show up with some scores to settle. One lesson: we may not be able to judge a book by its cover, but we may get a clue to a character from his name.
Bob Brill, Rod, Rex and Rhoda
Chapter 19: Unwelcome Visitors
Chapter 20: The Long Reach of Rumex
Chapter 21: There’s More
Chapter 22: Rex the Wonder Dog, conclusion
New contributor G. Alex Harris introduces a young boy, Paul, who has recurrent dreams of flying. He finds out there’s a big difference between dream and reality. Dreams can be good where reality is not: The Boy Who Couldn’t Fly.

Old Joe Bates has seen many spooky things in his years as a gravedigger. And then he takes a skeptic to the grave of little Tommy Perkins, who’d been a bad boy: Arthur M. Mackeown, Can’t Catch Me.

New contributor A. R. Norris leads Georgia Rissman into a beautiful meadow, where she meets Peter, a talking frog. Which path shall she take? No, how shall she take whichever it is: To the Meadow’s Edge.
Tours are available to the planet of Nexus IV — the ultimate prison: Danielle L. Parker, Beloved Ghosts.

A girl who hears mysterious voices learns that some of them may be trying to harm her, others to heal: Fehmida Zakeer, Voices in Her Head.
Poetry John Grey, Obsolescence
New contributor Atlee Lang, Utopia


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes G. Alex Harris and A. R. Norris.
Challenge Challenge 401 calls And in the Center Ring...
The Art
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art
NASA: Picture of the Day
Sky and Telescope, This Week’s Sky at a Glance
The Photo
Bill Bowler and Don Webb

Bewildering Stories News

Third Quarterly Review: This is the last regular issue of the summer or winter quarter, depending on your hemisphere. Next week Bewildering Stories will bring you the Editors’ Choices in our Third Quarterly Review. We will resume regular publication with issue 402 on October 4th.

New Department: Our thanks to Richard Ong for submitting some of his astronomical photos; we’re looking forward to them in future issues. We’ve also followed a reference he cited and have added a link to the weekly page of Sky and Telescope in our Art Gallery.

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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