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The Readers’ Guide

What’s in Issue 500

News Happy Halloween: Bewildering Stories has no official “holiday” issues. Once begun, where would they end? However, certain kinds of stories and poems do tend to cluster around the equinoxes and solstices, as well as at other times, such as Halloween. Bewildering Stories is not all Halloween by any means, but here Halloween can come at any time.
When may reality come into question? When unaccountable repetitions begin to appear: Lou Antonelli, Snow Globe, part 1; part 2; conclusion.

New contributor Sam Bellotto, Jr. depicts a fellow whose unlucky cat leads him to play ‘trick or treat’ on himself: The Cold Cat Distribution.

Resurrection is one thing; resuscitation, quite another. And like advice, good intentions are worth what they cost you: Beverly Forehand, Dirt.

How might anyone — including space aliens — get on Louis’s good side? It’s very simple. Just don’t boss him around: Margaret Karmazin, A Solitary Man, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor Don Katnik shows the perils of using an out-of-date guidebook: On the Breakwater.
New contributor Christopher DeWan tells a fable of the small and the large, of nature and catastrophes: Sugar and Stones.

A casual gathering of friends in a late-night bar? What might they really be doing that only the waitress can see? Varya Kartishai, The Ballad of Life and Not-Life.
Marty Hollis, Irish Graveyard Jig


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Sam Bellotto, Jr., Christopher DeWan and Don Katnik.
Challenge Challenge 500 Flashing Yellow
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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