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The Readers’ Guide

What’s in Issue 682

Serials For one brief moment, the helpless logician reaches beyond his past to summon enough strength to supplement the selkie’s powers: Allie Dawson, The Logician and the Selkie, part 3; conclusion.

Henry Serling sells a valuable commodity to the local townspeople: time. Henry’s friend, Fred, has bought some paint from a mysterious traveling salesman. The paint is highly corrosive: Arthur Davis, The Man Who Sold Time, part 1; part 2; part 3.
Short
Stories
Two young friends, Ricky and Jimmy, make a big mistake with the money from the night shift. They”re distracted by their own lascivious ogling. They’re going to learn there are six players in that game: Rick Jankowski, You Deserve a Break Today, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor Sean Mulroy introduces a boy who likes to play in a forest. He espies a peculiar landform and decides it’s just the place for The Altar for Pan, part 1; conclusion.
Flash
Fiction
When dealing with roughnecks, negotiate from a position of strength — or at least pretend to: Gary Clifton, Madman at the Gate.
Poetry Shola Balogun, Songs to the Stringed Instruments
Short
Poetry
David Adès, Hole in One
Lana Bella, Mourning Its Fallen Comrades

Departments

Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Sean Mulroy.
Challenge Challenge 682 groans Gimme a Break.
The Reading
Room
Alison McBain reviews Bascom James, ed., Hyperpowers.
The Art
Gallery
Richard Ong, Parasitus Spinuletus

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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