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The Readers’ Guide

What’s in Issue 663

Novel Nannion wants to leave the Aquarium catwalk and return to her comfortable hideaway. Her progress is hampered by wet fur and the sudden emergence of a strange mental condition.
Elous Telma, Oikos Nannion
Novellas ‘In a purposeful universe, everything has a purpose.’ Just make sure it’s a good one: Terry L. Mirll, Karat Cake, conclusion.

Aaron continues to search for Anini, but she has no trouble in finding him.
Bruce Pavalon, Space Girl Blues
Chapter 19: She’s Not There
What is life like for a new recruit in the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms — not to mention Explosives? The author swears that all of this has actually happened, just not all in one day: Gary Clifton, Another New Guy, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor Mindy Hartings introduces Mang, a dragon who is an unwilling mercenary: Waiting in Carthagena, part 1; conclusion.

A poor old woman begs on the street of a city that has grown wealthy around her. Don’t ask her age; ask her name: Sherman Smith, The Old Woman With the Little White Box.
Poetry Denny Marshall, Two Kings
Douglas Young, Forest Lessons
New contributor Joan McNerney, I Planted My Garden


Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Mindy Hartings and Joan McNerney.
The Critics’
Bewildering Stories debates the structure and meaning of “Karat Cake.”
Challenge Challenge 663 proposes a toast: All Hail the Purpose.
The Reading
James Graham, Becoming a Tree excerpt
The Art
Denny Marshall, Space #25
Richard Ong, Greetings From the Pomeranian Potentate of Pluto

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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