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What’s in Issue 452

Novels Lionel and Donas finally have the conversation they’ve long needed, and it clears the air: Mary B. McArdle, Give Them Wine
A Disparity of Language, chapter 26, conclusion

Kev had already shown an interest in vampirism, and a pair of street toughs finally push him over the edge: Phillip Donnelly, Kev the Vampire
Chapter 3: Exodus
Novella Who is that, making strange noises and shining mysterious lights downstairs in the middle of the night? Maybe just some friendly, neighborhood space aliens: Richard M. Smith, A Bridge to Earth
Chapter 4, part 1 : Visitors
Serial On the way to Cleveland, the leader of the band decides it’s time to proceed alone: Michael C. Thompson, The Negatives
Chapter 3: Pilgrimage
New contributor J. G. Buckley shows how the Santa Claus myth may be getting old, tired and cynical. But not too old to take a shot at another, really bad myth first: Santa’s Crossbow, part 1; conclusion.

A new planet, a new paradise, an old story, but one that takes a different turn: Gary Inbinder, Seeds.

If the Finman brings rain when you really need it, pay the price agreed upon, because the Finman is a trickster: S. J. McKenzie, Nuckelavee, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor Mallory Noone goes to great lengths for a ‘boy meets girl’ story, but it’s worth it. A gifted but cynical young student learns compassion and takes a long view of her science experiment: Ryder’s Choice, part 1; conclusion.
Poetry Hongping Liu, Tibetan Pilgrimage
Alessandro Cusimano, Mercury Mission
Robert Shmigelsky, Moon of the Underworld


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Mallory Noone.
The Critics’
Don Webb, What Wine?
Challenge Challenge 452 takes some Long Trips.
At the
Lewayne L. White reviews Skyline
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

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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