The Readers’ Guide
What’s in Issue 461
The players move into place as Earth’s Dream Singer prepares to join the Galactic Council: euhal allen, The Bridge: a New Beginning
Chapter 1: Starting Over, part 2
Omar Jones is drafted into the interstellar expedition and the spaceship is on its way to Planet X: Bill Bowler, The Shepherd of Zakhbaal
Chapter 2: A Good Chance
Michael moves up in his employment in Birdland. First he has an unsettling interview with beauteous Ms. Chickman and then an examination by a cockatoo named Dr. Steven Hawk: Faith H. Goble, Birdland, chapter 2.
Musicians may come and go, but the Muse preserves music: Darke Conteur, Strings.|
New contributor Lisamarie Lamb introduces Janet West, who is traveling west on a city bus. Janet has a point to make about the nature of fiction and reality, intent and perception: Travelling West, part 1; conclusion.
Mattie Williams is a good cook and a fine piano player, and she has a sure aim with buckshot. Her windfall may come as a bit of a surprise, but it is well-earned: Ron Van Sweringen, The Walking on Water Cafe.
New contributor Frank Wight shows what might happen when cloning and personal regeneration go beyond ethical limits: Life Goes On, part 1; conclusion.
Pop and Sonny combine to make a children’s birthday party an object lesson in current events: Michael D. Brooks, Popolitics.|
Sandra Crook shows the mayor of Pézens pining for the charms of Madame Lafitte. But she has a warning for him in the fate of The Two Swans.
|Poetry||John Grey, Art for Our Sake|
Oonah V. Joslin, Talking to Myself|
New contributor B. Z. Niditch, Jack Kerouac’s Run
|Gordon Purkis, Shade of Mondays|
|Essay||In the early 19th century, a poet eloquently lamented the disappearance of the commons: James Graham, The Poetry of John Clare, part 1; conclusion.|
|Welcome||Bewildering Stories welcomes Lisamarie Lamb and B. Z. Niditch.|
|Challenge||Challenge 461 sees a spaceship Hotfooting It.|
|Richard Ong, At Stonehenge|
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art|
NASA: Picture of the Day
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.”
Readers’ reactions are always welcome.
Copyright © January 9, 2012 by Bewildering Stories