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What’s in Issue 685

Novel A “wealthy” hires young Jiri from his poverty-stricken “enclave.” The bonus awarded Jiri’s mother is a princely sum for her but a paltry one for a “wealthy.”
Bill Kowaleski, Living Standards
Serial Nick Andrews has been fired from his hack-writing job at True Crime magazine. Not only is his talent liberated, so are his characters: Bill Prindle, Ghost Writers, part 3; part 4.
Short
Stories
New contributor Louis Brierley brings a mysterious but fair-playing visitor to the bedside of a hospitalized girl: The Midnight Man.

New contributor Julianne Carew depicts an accidentally disfigured girl who is reunited with her dead mother by way of an avatar: Mirrors.

New contributor John Cooper Hamilton cautions against the consequences of “easy credit”: Egg Basket.

Humans may not be the only ones who can be divided into “cat” and “dog” people: Roger PItcher, The Splon Is a Lonely Hunter.
Flash
Fiction
New contributor Betsy Isbell shows how it is possible to tell two different stories at the same time. Just choose your words carefully: Heave(n) for Don(e) Pedro.
Short
Poetry
Shola Balogun, The Rose on the Cross
Lana Bella, She Is Twice Touched and Once Recoiled
Memorial
Reissue
Susan A. Hagedorn, Immortality

Departments

Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Louis Brierley, Julianne Carew, John Cooper Hamilton, and Betsy Isbell.
Challenge Challenge 685 plays with (Paren)thesis and Antithesis.
Letters Cheryl W. Ruggiero, Remembering Susan Hagedorn
The Reading
Room
Edward Ahern, Capricious Visions excerpt
The Art
Gallery
Denny Marshall, Ceremony

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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