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What’s in Issue 686

Novel Jiri makes friends and great progress in adapting to life as a servant of the wealthies. But he is repelled when he learns what plans the wealthies have for him.
Bill Kowaleski, Living Standards
Chapter 2: Bain’s Proposal, part 1; part 2
Serial Nick Andrews and his characters, along with Ruby Narnian, achieve literary fame in the time just prior to WW II: Bill Prindle, Ghost Writers, part 5; conclusion.
Short
Stories
What preparations do you make when a serial killer invites you to lunch? Gary Clifton, Lunch With a Killer.

“Where did you two meet?” We find out why a couple might not want to answer the question: Morris Marshall, That Burning Question, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor Joshua Taylor brings Zane to Chang’s Virtual Den for a sensuous vacation from real life. But what happens when you go on vacation and can’t come back? Cloudview, part 1; part 2; conclusion.
Flash
Fiction
Love can conquer all, especially if the lovers have a vial of magic potion: Charles C. Cole, Make No Mistake.
Poetry Gary Beck, Remembrance
Short
Poetry
Shola Balogun, Footprints On a Deserted Path
Stephen Ellams, Something Inside of Me Is Still Crying

Departments

Editorial Bewildering Stories discusses PDF Versions: Reading on the Road.
Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Joshua Taylor.
Challenge Challenge 686 says Mistakes Were Made but not by whom.
The Reading
Room
Martin Kerharo reviews:
The Art
Gallery
Richard Ong, Haunted Totem

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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