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What’s in Issue 559

Novel In Gibby’s bar, Stella takes charge and helps her friends get squared away. Back in the hospital administrator’s office, though, making a mess is more in order.
Sherman Smith, Two Blind Men and a Fool
Chapter 23: Family
Chapter 24: Stepping in Harm’s Way
Have you ever wondered what goes into making a reality TV show? Are you sure you really want to know? You may get more than you bargained for: Richard A. Conine, Lonely Planet, part 1; part 2; conclusion

Sometimes cleaning up one’s living space also involves cleaning up one’s life: Morris Marshall, The Turquoise Turtle.

New contributor Jacob T. Morris introduces Cath, a kind-hearted lady who has trouble with men. She also has a super-power that requires her to make some painful trade-offs: Healer’s Trades.

New contributor Luke Thomas brings Eiko and Otto into a conflict where they can either be brothers or appease powerful supernatural entities: The Generosity of Spirits, part 1; part 2; conclusion.

A flock of crows comes to punish Walter Marsh for his sins: Ron Van Sweringen, The Eyes of Matilda Rose.
A proverb says that the Devil is dangerous not because he is smart but because he is so old. But Faust, too, has grown old and wise, and he may have found a way to beat “Mephisto” at his own game: João Ventura, A Faustian UnbargainComo Fausto não vendeu a alma.
Poetry B. Z. Niditch, In the Full Moon


Challenge Challenge 559 Cleaning House
The Reading
David K. Scholes, Trathh, excerpt
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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