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What’s in Issue 457

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Novel Kev has escaped from the clutches of the Bavarian cook. Wandering in the night, he finds a strange friend in a curbside philosopher, the Inaction Man. They share some methylated sprits:
Phillip Donnelly, Kev the Vampire
Chapter 11: Booze and Banishment
Chapter 12: The Guru
Novella Fred makes an emergency return to Earth just as the authorities descend upon Sam, Margie and the space aliens. An authority briefly goes postal, but all’s well that ends well, and Fred and Margie receive two mysterious vials as a souvenir of their adventure:
Richard M. Smith, A Bridge to Earth
Chapter 5: Back Again, part 5
Chapter 6: Aftermath, conclusion
Drama Rebecca proclaims her tawdry ambitions, and Florence is left alone as the ‘lady with the lamp’: Marina J. Neary, Lady With a Lamp, scene 10; scene 11, conclusion
Serial Capt. James S. Blunt, a rogue trader on the edge of Human space, receives a mysterious summons from an acquaintance among the dread Asp: Danielle L. Parker, Tower of Sighs, parts 1-3.
What if a drama teacher is a villain off stage? How best to thwart him? The play’s the thing: Margaret Karmazin, Giving the Hook, part 1; conclusion.

A space alien shows up in a backwoods community with a strange question: ‘If thou art God, what am I?’ Hilarity ensues: Bill McCormick, If Thou Art God, part 1; conclusion.

Beware this burly trucker driving a garishly decorated big rig. He calls himself ‘Prophet’ and he’s dead set on minding other people’s business: Tim Simmons, Bound for New Orleans.
Little Mariella sees and hears things her parents might like to know about in advance: Julie Wornan, Bugsy.
Poetry David Barber, Space and Time
Dawnell Harrison, Angel’s Hair


Challenge Challenge 457 asks a Loaded Question.
The Reading
Bill Bowler reviews John W. Steele, The Chronicle of Belthaeous.
Letters Gerard Garland, The First “Hell” on TV
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

Bewildering Stories News

Serials complete: A Bridge to Earth and Lady With a Lamp conclude in this issue. Kev the Vampire and “Tower of Sighs” conclude in issue 459 but are complete on line now. Follow the links in the table of contents menus.

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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