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What’s in Issue 414

Novel Jonas starts his day by going to a new job. It’s a bit hard to start work when the employer’s computer says Jonas does not really exist. Okay, he’ll have to prove he does exist; all it will take is a little visit to the state bureaucracy.
Ásgrímur Hartmannsson, Error, chapter 2
Novella Capt. Jim Blunt is on the hunt for the drug-dealing Death King. It’s a dangerous quest, but he shows early on he’ll take no guff from any hired thugs.
Danielle L. Parker, Death King, chapter 3
Serials Young Thandie has a lot to deal with: her late mother’s narcissism and her father’s subservience to it. But with the help of her friends she stands up to them both, and Thandie eventually wins her and their independence: Eric J. Kregel, She Shall Live On, part 3; conclusion.

Jason and his friend Jo-Jo go to the police for help in tracking down the identity of the ghost Jason has seen: David Price, The Hidey Hole, part 3; part 4; conclusion.
New contributor Karen S. Elliott depicts a colorful spectacle that might be taking place in your own backyard: The Garden.

New contributor Jessica Knauss introduces Emily Mattheson, a young schoolteacher who is somewhat lazy and careless. And very dangerous: Unpredictable Factors... part 1; conclusion.

Bud Williams casts off his upper-class trappings to see how the ‘other half’ lives. He finds Gloria, a vision of beauty. But Bud has wanted to see the ugly side of life, and that is what he’ll get: Ron Van Sweringen, Wet Forever After.
What is a wilderness guide to do when he really does not want to go where his talents take him? Tom Mahony, Release.
Poetry Richard Ong, The Visiting Hour
Essay Early modern science fiction writers had some fun with the theme of time travel: Bertil Falk, Time Paradoxes in 19th-Century Swedish Science Fiction.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Karen S. Elliott and Jessica Knauss.
Challenge Challenge 414 looks askance at The Young Dope Peddler.
The Art
Üzeyir Lokman Çaycı, Behind the Green Door
NASA: Picture of the Day
Sky and Telescope, This Week’s Sky at a Glance

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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