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What’s in Issue 631

Novel A battle ensues when pirates from Phobos board the space elevator module. The crippled container lurches into a space dump. A conflicted Joe Dasein realizes he can save the passengers only by piloting his space sportship, Satan’s Suppository, into harm’s way.
Bertrand Cayzac, Floozman in Space
Chapter 8: I Am the Passenger, part 2
Novella Johnnie Piper and his father, Tom, have taken separate escape routes. Ed, the loan shark, is hot on their trail. Johnnie and Tom may get away if they can only follow their plan: James Shaffer, Back to the World, part 12; part 13; part 14.
Short
Stories
Victor meets the relatives of a person whose body he has dissected in a physiology lab. Victor cannot maintain a clinical composure when faced with the meaning of life and death: E. B. Fischadler, Victor Frenchstone, Medical Student.

New contributor Michael A. King takes an isolated middle-aged man on a night stroll, where he encounters a mysterious clue to his past: The Burden of the Box.

New contributor Robert A. Lawler has John Henderson buy a rare old coin in an Iraqi souk. The meaning and mysterious function of the coin will stump physicists but not archeologists: The Fourth Side, part I; part II; parts III-IV; parts V-VI, conclusion.
Flash
Fiction
A taxi driver’s erratic passenger seems to have a special meaning to the detective investigating the passenger’s accidental death: Charles C. Cole, A Personal Investigation.
Prose
Poetry
New contributor Richard King Perkins II, A Few Pages of Elric in the Night
Short
Poetry
Oonah V. Joslin, Rainy Day

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Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Michael A. King, Robert A. Lawler and Richard King Perkins II.
Challenge Challenge 631 Heads or Tails or What?
The Art
Gallery
Richard Ong, Pompeii 2

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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