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What’s in Issue 461

Novel 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
Novellas 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.
The Photo
Richard Ong, At Stonehenge
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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