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The Readers’ Guide

What’s in Issue 652

Novels Facing overthrow by Jay-Bee’s forces, Jenny Appleseed confers with Brigitte Kaliyuga on means of escape. The choices are many, and they are complex in their ramifications.
Bertrand Cayzac, Floozman in Space
The Aquarium’s funding dries up. The scientists try to give the animals an escape route. Years later, an elderly marine biologist brings a little white cat to the island for a nostalgic visit.
Elous Telma, Oikos Nannion
Novellas Ouroboros Security Chief Richard Lohman is fond of heads. Identity-chip forger Solly Goldstein would do well to be aware of it. Terry L. Mirll, Karat Cake, part 4.

A little girl has an abduction dream. Aaron Evinrude acquires a decal that endears him to taser-wielding, bagel-baking Anini.
Bruce Pavalon, Space Girl Blues
Chapter 4: Dream #1
Chapter 5: Working Man
Short
Stories
New contributor Bob Lovely brings Albert Old Eagle to a new town and to new and unexpected friends: Breeds, part 1; part 2; conclusion.

In a kind of hobby shop, strange-looking visitors may build strange things: Phil Temples, Makerspace.
Flash
Fiction
Co-workers may be sympathetic in times of illness, but they don’t dare forget a birthday: Melissa R. Mendelson, I’m Better Off With a Cat.
Poetry Anna Ruiz, Pleiades, My Starship
Short
Poetry
New contributor Robert Carr, Gristle
Stephen Ellams, Soulmate
Essay Famous names lurk in a small cemetery in Los Angeles: Andrew Sacks, Westwood’s Hidden Treasure

Departments

Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Robert Carr and Bob Lovely.
The Critics’
Corner
Bertrand Cayzac, Bouncing on Non-Being
Don Webb, Seeking Everythingness
Challenge Challenge 652 sees some things Spaced Out.
The Art
Gallery
Denny Marshall, Cinder Cale

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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