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What’s in Issue 659

News This is the last regular issue of the season — winter or summer, according to your hemisphere. Next week, we’ll bring you the editors’ choices from issues 649 to 659 in the First Quarterly Review.

By coincidence, this issue has a very distinctive theme. What is it? Maybe Challenge 659 can help. We also have a new auxiliary page. It answers in brief the dozen most frequently asked questions about submissions. Readers and writers alike will surely be amazed, even truly bewildered: Review Readers’ Checklist.
Novels The map tells Janatone about reality and how the Kings of Mars led their people into non-being. Winaretta rides to the rescue on her motorbike. Claire holds off the mob and shows Floozman some cheerful oysters whlie explaining how the One Good can’t both be and not-be at the same time.
Bertrand Cayzac, Floozman in Space
Chapter 21: It Is Done!, part 2

Frank has always had a curiously close relationship to sea creatures. At Dioptra, he has a vision that is far more than a dream; it seems to be an attempt at communication.
Elous Telma, Oikos Nannion
Chapter 11: Frank‘s Sea Visions, part 1; part 2
Novellas Lohman sends the Grunts in pursuit of Frank and sets out after Hildy on his own. A day that began badly threatens to end far worse: Terry L. Mirll, Karat Cake, part 13.

Aaron learns to bake bagels. He follows Anini to Nikoli’s Laser Emporium, where everything begins to seem faintly sinister.
Bruce Pavalon, Space Girl Blues
Chapter 14: Something Else
New contributor Corinne Enright depicts the plight of Eve, who appears to have dissociative identity disorder. By outward appearances, that is: Hearing Voices.

New contributor Daniel Tierney introduces Lilith, who asks a simple question and gets a lifetime of answers in a single moment: Weeping Willows.

Holly Withers is a very practical soul and ready to retire. She knows exactly what she wants in a cottage, even if it is a haunted house in a haunted town and has a haunted cat: Ron Van Sweringen, A House by the Water, part 1; conclusion.
Poetry David Adès, Ever So Quiet in My Plenitude
Lana Bella, Geometry


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Corinne Enright and Daniel Tierney.
Challenge Challenge 659 explores A Fullness of Haunts.
The Reading
B. Z. Niditch, Everything, Everywhere excerpt
The Art
David McDaniel, Moon Rover
Richard Ong, Warp Bloopers From Space

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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