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What’s in Issue 646

Novel Walt, the Artificial Uterus, is about to give birth to the superbaby, which has already been kibitzing on current events. The baby needs a name. The popular consensus is Astérix, after an illustrious predecessor. The poet Novalis provides extra inspiration.
Bertrand Cayzac, Floozman in Space
Chapter 15: Astralix, part 2
Serial Mud is finally summoned by the man who placed him in a Tibetan monastery as an infant. In new surroundings, Mud makes himself at home, although his hosts are somewhat secretive. They will become very strange indeed.
New contributor J. P. Flores, Mud, part 1; part 2
“There is no story so truly Bewildering as reality.” But a movie producer can give it a shot: Ronald Linson, In Pursuit of Princess Nepalia, part 1; part 2; conclusion.

New contributor Xenia Melzer retells a version of “Hansel and Gretel” from the viewpoint of the witch: Forest Deep, Forest Dark.

New contributor Chris Wilkensen depicts a world-traveling son’s reluctant return home to a city he loves: O’Hare’s Lost and Found.
Police work is often sad. Sometimes both perpetrators and victims have nowhere to go but down: Gary Clifton, The Casa Loma Players.
Poetry Stephen Ellams, Vanitas
Anna Ruiz, An Ancient Light, Gathering
Edward Ahern, Flying


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Xenia Melzer and Chris Wilkensen.
Challenge Challenge 646 advises Breaking Orbit.
The Reading
Sherman Smith, Golden City on Fire : excerpt
The Art
Daniel Ayles, Cubist Encounter

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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