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What’s in Issue 572

Novel Stella has searched for Earl all over San Franciso; now it’s Earl’s turn to search for her. Stub Wilcox applies for a job. He has a nervous tic that makes him unemployable, but he’s a great bartender and a fine partner for Earl’s musical routine.
Sherman Smith, Two Blind Men and a Fool
Chapter 52: Bubble Naked
Chapter 53: A Blind Man and a Clown
Serial Gardar Varinsson sets out to bring home his baby daughter. On the way, he is challenged to solve a murder mystery and finds he may not be paid for his efforts: Bertil Falk, The Number of the Killer, part 1; part 2.
Short
Stories
Kindly old Professor Sears has the best of intentions in confiding in Margaret, but he has not yet heard of what happens to whistleblowers: C. E. Gee, The Crime of the Ancient Mariner.

Jonas is a hit man for hire in peaceful Smoky Bay. A commission earns him a lively afternoon of gunplay, demolition derby and collateral damage: Ásgrímur Hartmannsson, Assassination, Ltd.

New contributor Martin Westlake introduces Peter Spencer-Lord, an enthusiastic inventor and businessman who plans to provide the world with an adequate food supply. It’s one of those best-laid plans of mice and men: Just Protein, part 1; part 2; conclusion.
Flash
Fiction
When digging cemetery plots, one can’t be too careful in choosing which earth-moving contractor to hire: Charles C. Cole, Cemetery Blues.
Poetry Bill Bowler, The History of the Last Five Seconds
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Poetry
Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu, The Old Man

Departments

Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Martin Westlake.
The Critics’
Corner
Bewildering Stories discusses Film Cartoon Culture in the Pre- and Post-War Eras.
Challenge Challenge 572 wonders Where the Cactus Doesn’t Grow.
The Art
Gallery
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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