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The Readers’ Guide

What’s in Issue 649

News Many of our contributors have sent thank-you notes for being included in one or more of our Reviews. As we like to say, “a good word goes a long way.” It’s still the holiday season till January 5th. Merry Holidays and Happy New Year!

Veteran readers may be a little... bewildered by this Readers’ Guide. There’s a reason for it. If you were a railroad yard master, how would you handle scheduling when four freight trains arrive all at the same time? Our “news” article explains. It also points out how Bewildering Stories is a practical and economical alternative to an e-book.
Novels Stuart Surof reads while sitting on a vacuum-action space toilet. The avatar of Janatone’s automobile — Joe Dasein’s hearse — tells Stuart’s avatar, Plethon Soares, Jr., where to look for Fred Looseman. But first, Plethon must determine the nature of space and time in both the real world and the superworld.
Bertrand Cayzac, Floozman in Space
Nannion is a cat with a famous name. She accompanies a lady to a mysterious island where an abandoned biological experiment has run amok.
New contributor Elous Telma, Oikos Nannion
Novellas Frank Williamson is a man on the run in a dilapidated scooter on a post-apocalyptic landscape. He picks up a three-eyed, blue-skinned Tellurean hitchhiker he names Dippy. The two may become unlikely friends.
New contributor Terry L. Mirll, Karat Cake, part 1

A young man with a troubled past falls in love with a young woman who believes she’s been abducted by aliens and that one of her alien abductors has fallen in love with her.
New contributor Bruce Pavalon, Space Girl Blues
Chapter 1: Umbrella
Short
Stories
New contributor Todd Glasscock tells how nanosurgery might relieve a father’s and mother’s despair: About Jake.

Where can head and heart find a home? On the mean streets: Harry Lang, Arabella of Radius Lane.
Poetry James Robert Rudolph, A Southern Gothic Summer
Guest contributor Ari Webb, Fall to Winter to Fall
Short
Poetry
Edward Ahern, Shambling
Denny Marshall, Long Journey

Departments

News Bewildering Stories explains Scheduling in the First Quarter.
Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Todd Glasscock, Terry L. Mirll, Bruce Pavalon, Elous Telma, and Ari Webb.
Challenge Challenge 649 makes some House Calls.
The Art
Gallery
Daniel Ayles, Demons
Richard Ong, Ghost Trees

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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