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Bewildering Stories

The Readers’ Guide

What’s in Issue 555

Novel After the battle, Earl relaxes at Gibby’s bar. He and Gibby are joined by Sam and Henry. Earl has nowhere to go, but Gibby has an idea that just may be a very sweet deal for them all.
Sherman Smith, Two Blind Men and a Fool
Chapter 18: Oh, How He Sang
Serial Detectives Johnson and Tubbs discover that zombies may be useful: Ásgrímur Hartmannsson, Working People, part 1; part 2.
New contributor Jill Corddry has kind-hearted Amalda learn something about her strange little foster brother, Wicker: Homeward Bound.

New contributor Anthony Lukas shows how clumsiness may not be all our fault after all: Counter Guy, part 1; conclusion.

Space explorers find an asteroid where the strange inhabitants seem to fulfill old wives’ tales: Prospero Pulma, Jr., The Space Horsemen.

In a near-future world where old age and illness are illegal, who will comfort the comforters? LaVerne Zocco, Dolores Metcalf, Comforter.
Poetry New contributor Alicia Bair, Mortal Contention
B. Z. Niditch, The Stage Manager
Memoir Basic Training includes learning how to deal with some strange and ornery people: Charles C. Cole, Remembering Boot Camp.


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Alicia Bair, Jill Corddry, and Anthony Lukas.
The Critics’
Danielle L. Parker & Don Webb discuss Writing and Listening.
Don Webb says It Beats As It Sweeps As It Cleans.
Challenge Challenge 555 hears the approach of Inexorable Boots.
Letters Bill Kowaleski, The 2013 Mariner Awards
The Reading
Danielle L. Parker reviews Paul Levinson, The Plot to Save Socrates.
Clarise Samuels, Holocaust Visions: The Poetry of Paul Celan
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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