The Readers’ Guide
What’s in Issue 685
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.|
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.
|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.|
Shola Balogun, The Rose on the Cross|
Lana Bella, She Is Twice Touched and Once Recoiled
|Susan A. Hagedorn, Immortality|
|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|
|Edward Ahern, Capricious Visions excerpt|
Denny Marshall, Ceremony|
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art
NASA: Picture of the Day
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.”
Readers’ reactions are always welcome.