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What’s in Issue 641

Novel Former Cosmitix Finance Director Stuart Surof meets Lorenzo de’ Medici. The Duke explains the role of supermoney in the supermarket of the superworld. He and an investment advisor bid for Surof’s business: Just sign this contract... But Surof sees what the supermarket is really like. A mutant ape sums up the adventure pithily.
Bertrand Cayzac, Floozman in Space
Chapter 13: The Seventh Ennead, part 3
Serial Presto the master magician, down on his luck, keeps an appointment with Mr. Beelzy, who makes him “an offer he can’t refuse”: Bill Prindle, Mr. Beelzy’s Trick, part 2; part 3.
Short
Stories
New contributor Ian Anderson takes a police detective to a mysterious house in search of a missing person who is supposedly present but can’t be found: The Home of Gifts, part 1; conclusion.

An amateur photographer explores an abandoned hotel dating from the Cold War era. The photos he takes on floor 7½ show that it really is a “haunted house”: Ásgrímur Hartmannsson, Scheduled for Demolition.

New contributor Melissa R. Mendelson sends an ambitous young reporter to the scene of a drug overdose. It’s in the Arole Woods, where very bad things happen and have happened: Summer Over the Death of My Youth.
Drama When two young suburban fathers go trick-or-treating on a lark at Halloween, they find the tables turned: Charles C. Cole, Happee Halloween.
Flash
Fiction
Sondra Thoene flees the deadly pursuing incubus deep into the boreal forest: Richard King Perkins II, Dark Ripples.
Poetry Mike Acker, Sharp Edges
Short
Poetry
Gregg Dotoli, Seeds
Marjorie Sadin, Without Bees

Departments

Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Ian Anderson and Melissa R. Mendelson.
Challenge Challenge 641 sings Smoke That Ghostly Cigarette.
Letters Bewildering Stories discusses Floozman’s Seven.
The Art
Gallery
Daniel Ayles, Zombie Mask
Richard Ong, Smoking Ghost

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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