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The Readers’ Guide

What’s in Issue 542

News This is the last regular issue of the season. Next week, we’ll bring you the Editors’ Choices in our Third Quarterly Review. We’ll resume regular publication with issue 543 on September 30.
Billie Occasion goes to check on the progress of a generation ship headed outward into the galaxy. The ship has contacted a space alien and asks Billie to find out why it seems a little... disappointed: Bertil Falk, An Interstellar Tryst.

New contributor Danielle N. Gales introduces Karen, a spaceship pilot who is suddenly confronted by a strange void in both space and her personal life: Hope in the Long Dark, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor Paulette Smythe depicts a woman who accidentally finds a pair of spectacles that reveal strange things: Simon’s Spectacles.

What is life like in a call center in the Philippines? Let’s just say it can get quite surrealistic: Mia Tijam, Quartered in the Sunset, part 1; conclusion.
A drifter from New York survives a catastrophe in the darkest jungles of Brazil: Ron Van Sweringen, Swimming the Amazon.
Poetry Marty Hollis, The Cabin in the Hollow
Channie Greenberg, In the Little Temple of My Sleeping Bag
Oonah V. Joslin, For the Love of Lilies


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Danielle N. Gales and Paulette Smythe.
Discussion Bewildering Stories and Mia Tijam discuss “Quartered in the Sunset”.
Challenge Challenge 542 glides Merrily Down the Stream.
The Reading
Bill Bowler reviews Arkady & Boris Strugatsky, It’s Hard To Be a God.
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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