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The Readers’ Guide

What’s in Issue 684

Serial Who’s the best storyteller? The characters: Bill Prindle, Ghost Writers, part 1; part 2.
Short
Stories
New contributor Mark Keane introduces Samuel Dunne, who would like to write a biography of his great-uncle. His laptop computer shows him they share disturbingly more than their name: The Laptop, part 1; part 2; conclusion.

It may be time to update words of wisdom from the Trojan War: “Beware of space aliens bearing gifts”: Bill Kowaleski, Politics Unusual, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor Hannah Sandoval depicts Jenny, whose life has been shaped by her participation in a high-school clique from hell: Hi, I’m Corpse Bride Barbie, part 1; part 2; conclusion.
Flash
Fiction
Whom can a girl date when her father dotes on her every suitor’s fingerprints and police record? The answer may be surprising, but it is logical: Channie Greenberg, Of Fingerprints and Drinking Glasses.
Poetry Gary Beck, Back to Work
Short
Poetry
Shola Balogun, Remember Kenule
Lana Bella, Requiem Aeternum
Memorial
Reissue
Ron Van Sweringen, Rupert and the Girls’ Night Out

Departments

Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Mark Keane and Hannah Sandoval.
Letters Bill Bowler, Remembering Ron
Challenge Challenge 684 warns there’s No Turning Back.
The Reading
Room
James R. Rudolph reviews A. Rahman Ford, Life as a Sclerian.
The Art
Gallery
Richard Ong reports from Toronto Fan Expo 2016 with:
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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