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The Readers’ Guide

What’s in Issue 642

Novel Janatone is touring Earth, driving a hearse. She views a land owned by the insular and wealthy. Her stimuli-shield is very dubious about what she’s doing and worries about his future if things go wrong.
Bertrand Cayzac, Floozman in Space
Chapter 14: Claire, part 1
Serial Mr. Beelzy forgets that Presto and Adele were masters of stage magic. Now, Presto and Adele’s ghost have one trick left to play, and it’s just for him: Bill Prindle, Mr. Beelzy’s Trick, part 4; conclusion.
Short
Stories
New contributor William Carrington recounts the strangely plausible and sometimes comical history of a family in the style of Wikipedia: Wikilove, part 1; part 2; part 3; conclusion.

Be polite to the Bomb Squad robot, Officer Rosie. Her reprogramming hasn’t taken, and she has very much a mind of her own: Gary Clifton, Officer Rosie and the Mindburner.

New contributor Elena Croitoru introduces Mary, who finds that a home where funerals are “happy hours” is not the best place to recover from survivor’s guilt: When the World’s Echoes Stopped.
Flash
Fiction
Never mind what others may think; “coming out” for a lesbian and transgender couple can be a happy, even joyful time: Ron Van Sweringen, Clyde Morrison’s Secret.
Poetry Oonah V. Joslin, The Conversation
Laura Grace Weldon, Fresh Each Day

Departments

Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Elena Croitoru.
The Reading
Room
Elana Gomel, Ethics of Posthumanism : excerpt
Letters Bewildering Stories and Elana Gomel discuss Posthumanism.
The Art
Gallery
Daniel Ayles, Night Spider
Richard Ong, Charon’s Odyssey

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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