The Readers’ Guide
What’s in Issue 656
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
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:
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.|
|Gary Inbinder helps us in Decoding Floozman 20.1.|
|Challenge||Challenge 656 sings Pink Grow the Flowers, Oh.|
Denny Marshall, In the Cold|
New contributor Cesar Valtierra, Spiderbaby
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art
NASA: Picture of the Day
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.”
Readers’ reactions are always welcome.
by Bewildering Stories