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What’s in Issue 485

Novel Arthur milks his new job and a little errand for the Inspector for all they’re worth. He’s still making no real headway, but receives an imaginative suggestion which quickly bears fruit. Pureza is delighted, but she’s keen for him to work on making other amends.
Michael E. Lloyd, Missing Emilie
Book II: Reparations
Chapter 6: Are You Being Served? part 1; part 2; part 3
Novella Iris Perle becomes ever more intrigued as she continues to observe the sculptor Clara and her friends in the alternate dimension: Karen B. Kaplan, Upward Spiral, part 2.
An old library building may need renovation, but need it be replaced? Body and spirit reflect one another: Bertil Falk, The Spirit of a Library.

Space aliens may have a rather strange and morbid taste in their version of reality TV: Ásgrímur Hartmannsson, The Objectors of Thunderpunch, part 1; conclusion.

If you have a poetic masterpiece, for pity’s sake don’t bury your only copy. Who knows what may happen if you try to retrieve it: Lesley Mace, The Final Stunner.

New contributor Killion Slade introduces Rick and Liz, a couple who are happily married until Liz retrieves a mysterious book of her Grandma Gertie’s. It had cute illustrations that beguiled Liz as a young girl. Who knew they’d become a family curse? Dead as a Doornail, part 1; conclusion.
Poetry Bill Bowler, Out of the Fog
New contributor Cristina Del Canto, Caracas
Channie Greenberg, Cobbling Books in Ten-Minute Intervals
Essay Gordon Purkis, Hurt


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Cristina Del Canto and Killion Slade.
Interview Bewildering Stories interviews Maria Kontak.
Challenge Challenge 485 prosecutes Moperies.
The Reading
Danielle L. Parker reviews C. J. Cherryh, Deceiver.
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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