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What’s in Issue 720

Novel Jackson Bain dresses in a faintly ridiculous costume to make his getaway. Jiri Lee provides stun rifles. Jackson and Jiri will need keen marksmanship and expert rocket-plane piloting to make their escape. Neither of them has both skills.
Bill Kowaleski, Living Standards
Chapter 40: Evasive Measures
Serial A secret cabal of oligopolist swindlers meet for dinner. One of their number appears with an ornate pocket watch bearing a supernatural curse. It’s one of those things you can neither keep nor get rid of. The game is afoot. What is to be done?
Bryon L. Havranek, The Masterful Timepiece
Short
Stories
Old, empty houses may be haunted by mournful regrets: Patric Quinn, Sounds in the Dark.

New contributor A. T. Sayre introduces a dead man whose mind is transferred to a replica of his former body. But who is he, really? And how can he know? He keeps insisting, I’m Not Robert, part 1; part 2; conclusion.
Flash
Fiction
Twelve-year old George witnesses a catastrophe. Since his life is full of unsavory characters, he expects to be blamed for it, even hanged. What might help him escape the fate he fears? Gary Clifton, Happy Jack.

Are wildfire soot and atmosopheric pollution melting the world’s glaciers? If you want an “alternative” explanation, here’s one that makes about as much sense as any: Karin S. Heigl, Black Dragon — SchwarzdracheSvarti Drekinn.
Poetry New contributor Sujoy Bhattacharya, The Flute
Douglas Young, The Most Fabulous Flower of All
Short
Poetry
Denny Marshall, Oort Cloud Bound

Departments

Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Sujoy Bhattacharya and A. T. Sayre.
Challenge Challenge 720 undertakes a case of Ghost Bust-In.
The Reading
Room
Alison McBain reviews Cindy O’Quinn, Dark Cloud on Naked Creek.
The Art
Gallery
Richard Ong, Black Dragon

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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