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Bewildering Stories

The Readers’ Guide

What’s in Issue 680

Serial Who planted the smoke bomb? Charles C. Cole, What We Do Together, part 3; part 4.
Short
Stories
In an existence where Internet presence determines both lifespan and worth, the short-lived Ephemerids have just discovered the terror of cultural amnesia: Ada Fetters, Ephemerids, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor Stuart North weaves intricate plots of double-dealing and treachery in the magical kingdom of Zodom: Root Causes: A Tale of Zodom, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor Roger Pitcher brings Aliens to Earth. What might they want to buy from the natives? And what is really in those blankets and beads? Your Humble Servants, part 1; conclusion.
Flash
Fiction
In transactions involving haunted real estate, the rule is not only caveat emptor but also caveat venditor: M. C. Tuggle, Whisper Listing.
Poetry Shola Balogun, Distant Voices
Short
Poetry
Lana Bella, His Tongue Is a Hyperbole
Gregg Dotoli, After Paris
Essay Andrew Sacks, Grandmaster Fearless

Departments

Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Roger Pitcher and Stuart North.
Challenge Challenge 680 laughs Out Loud in Real Life.
The Reading
Room
Gary Inbinder, The Hanged Man excerpt
The Art
Gallery
Denny Marshall, Space Jet
Richard Ong, Temple of Zeus

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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