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The Readers’ Guide

What’s in Issue 495

News This is the last regular issue of the third (summer or winter) quarter of 2012. Next week we’ll bring you the Editors’ Choices in the Third Quarterly Review. We’ll resume regular publication with issue 496 on October 1st.
Misfortune can evoke nostalgic regret for what might have been and a fond hope of what yet might be: Noel Denvir, Spancil Hill.

New contributor Raud Kennedy spins a modern fable in which a stray dog tells what life is like on the street and what it’s like to be adopted by other Strays.

An institution may seem mysterious, but its location may provide conclusive evidence of its purpose: Richard Ong, The Mystery of Rosewood Hall.

New contributor Kay Poiro foresees a strange alien invasion that leaves a survivor to wish only that Roses Grow.

A mother undergoes weird nighttime transformations that her husband understands but her daughter wouldn’t inflict on anyone: Elyss G. Punsalan, Inheritance.

New contributor Lyndon Storey updates a figure from Roman mythology with a moral: you can’t reply in kind, you must declare a Ceasefire.
New contributor Rory Fleming implies a reminder: life is not ‘but a dream’ or a video game, for one very good reason: Miracle Bridge.
Poetry New contributor Marty Hollis, Ice Song
Memoir You never know where a new road may lead, and sometimes the surprise can be a good one: Charles C. Cole, The Kindness of Strangers.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Rory Fleming, Marty Hollis, Raud Kennedy, Kay Poiro, and Lyndon Storey.
The Critics’
Don Webb discusses Staging Missing Emilie.
Challenge Challenge 495 goes Over the Sea in Rime.
The Reading
Danielle L. Parker reviews Lev Raphael, My Germany.
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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