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The Readers’ Guide

What’s in Issue 656

Novels The characters begin to gather at the Queen’s palace in Black Diamond Bay. The python reveals its role as a caduceus, and Fred Looseman returns as Floozman bearing the ultimate existential financial security. But not everybody understands what’s going on.
Bertrand Cayzac, Floozman in Space
Chapter 20: The Great Zombie, part 1

Mari tells Meni about J-Cap’s childhood and the family and national history he has rejected.
Elous Telma, Oikos Nannion
Chapter 8: Toes in the Water, part 1; part 2
Novellas Hildy seems to have Frank’s and Dippy’s best interests at heart, but Frank is right: can she be trusted? Terry L. Mirll, Karat Cake, part 9.

Aaron spies on Anini. Tina divulges confidential information.
Bruce Pavalon, Space Girl Blues
Chapter 10: Every Breath You Take
Dave is being eaten by a parasite. But he finds a way to turn it into a business opportunity and get into even more trouble: Ásgrímur Hartmannsson, The Man Who Sold Sugar Cubes, part 1; part 2; conclusion.

New contributor Patrick Hueller introduces a young boy and his babysitter. When the sitter says “Sayonara,” it sounds like a place where the boy might feel more at home: Sigh, O Narnia, part 1; conclusion.
Cobock rescues a dog. Oddly, the dog seems to return the favor: Gary Clifton, Temptation’s Limit.
Poetry Douglas Young, The Great and Shining Miss Shelby Garrett
David Adès, The Nine Billion Names of Man
New contributor Ken Allen Dronsfield, Where the Pink Flowers Grow


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Ken Allen Dronsfield, Patrick Hueller, and Cesar Valtierra.
The Critics’
Gary Inbinder helps us in Decoding Floozman 20.1.
Challenge Challenge 656 sings Pink Grow the Flowers, Oh.
The Art
Denny Marshall, In the Cold
New contributor Cesar Valtierra, Spiderbaby

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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