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What’s in Issue 491

Novel Xérus’ next call changes everything. Arthur is suddenly on an urgent mission, with mixed results. Simon and Arthur have a lot of explaining to do to each other, and Julia bravely fills in the rest of the awful details. Arthur now has plenty of time to write his novel.
Michael E. Lloyd, Missing Emilie
Book II: Reparations
Chapter 10: Fair Exchange, part 1; part 2
Chapter 11: Cooling Off, part 1; part 2
Novella Flo has what promises to be a lucrative gig, singing at parties thrown by the mayor of Black Water Swamp. Suddenly shots ring out, the plot thickens, and Flo needs Tucker to get her and others like her out of there alive: Ron Van Sweringen, Flotation Jones, Chapter 3; Chapter 4; Chapter 5.
New contributor Chris Hugh takes a dim view of a recently popular novel. What better critique than to have it roasted by The Dragon with the Girl Tattoo.

New contributor Charles M. Knudsen brings hope to a man struggling with agoraphobia and loneliness: Interference Patterns, part 1; part 2; conclusion.

New contributor A. J. Vasquez introduces Verona, who has a bone — and a lot of other body parts — to pick with a tormentor: The Soul’s Last Dance
Unconsciousness can be a good thing when the alternative is much worse: LaVerne Zocco, Sounds Before Night.
Poetry David Adès, The Hammer of Uncertainty
David Barber, Humans
Memoir B. Z. Niditch reminisces about Alex and Friends.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Chris Hugh and Charles M. Knudsen.
The Critics’
Thomas F. Wylie, “Nobody’s Hell
Challenge Challenge 491 plays Tit for Tat, Too.
The Reading
David Scholes, Alien Hunter, excerpt
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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