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What’s in Issue 496

Serials Riddle-solver Gardar Vinsson escapes a Viking raid but finds himself in a strange village where not everyone is who he or she appears to be. Meanwhile, an icon of the fertility god Frey has gone ironically missing: Bertil Falk, The Saga of the Stolen Wooden God, part 1; part 2; part 3.

New contributor Jacob Peppers introduces the lonely Rune Scribe Drasayurn and the outcast warrior Calek. When zombies attack, the two will need each other desperately, but that is not where their problems end: A Rune Scribe’s Past, part 1; part 2.
Kill old horses for fish bait and fill a barn with chunks of ice. Such are among the many chores Gaston Tardif must perform to boss lady Josephine Carmelo’s exacting standards while she lolls in her sunny resort far from wintry Quebec: Mike Florian, The Way of the World.

New contributor Douglas Van Hollen portrays the life of Meade, a foot soldier on patrol on a very alien planet: Night of the Sun, part 1; conclusion.

Matilda meets handsome Sebastian and receives flowers from a hotel employee. But she and her father have bigger fish to fry: Ron Van Sweringen, A Season at the Villa Novesta.
Poetry Alessandro Cusimano, Incubus
Hongping Liu, Season Changes
Mary B. McArdle, Sounds of Fall
Memoir New contributor Peggy T. Horton depicts her mother’s determination to enjoy life regardless of what others thought: She Did It Her Way.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Peggy T. Horton, Jacob Peppers, and Douglas Van Hollen.
Challenge Challenge 495 Response: “Spancil Hill
Challenge 496 scores some Indirect Goals.
The Reading
Julie Wornan, The Mutual Reverse See, 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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