The Readers’ Guide
What’s in Issue 572
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
|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.|
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.
|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|
|Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu, The Old Man|
|Welcome||Bewildering Stories welcomes Martin Westlake.|
|Bewildering Stories discusses Film Cartoon Culture in the Pre- and Post-War Eras.|
|Challenge||Challenge 572 wonders Where the Cactus Doesn’t Grow.|
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art|
NASA: Picture of the Day
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.”
Readers’ reactions are always welcome.