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What’s in Issue 688

Novel Imelda Gates and Jackson Bain go back a long way. Meanwhile, Jiri has learned that Bain’s proclivities have models in Antiquity. Bain plans to make a deal with Jiri, but Imelda can’t be as hopeful about it as Bain is.
Bill Kowaleski, Living Standards
Chapter 4: The Gift
Serial Tom Teufel has been progressing admirably in his retraining workshops. What he finds most valuable in them is a new friend, Dale: Bill Prindle, A Demonic Dilemma, part 3; part 4.
Short
Stories
New contributor Nicholas Froumis has two young boys learn what it means to wear Great-Grandpa’s Uniform.

New contributor Matthew Harrison gives Mark and Tracy, colleagues in information technology, a task: to devise a self-teaching algorithm. The result proves the adage “Nothing exceeds like success,” and its name is Josh.

New contributor Pascal Inard introduces Geoffrey, an interstellar explorer who discovers a planet that looks remarkably like his native Australia. Geoffrey is disconcerted to find that his long-lost mother is there, too. Has Geoffrey reformed his youthful waywardness or is he still a Bad Boy?
Flash
Fiction
Sometimes, mothers can be very hard to please: Gary Clifton, A Mother’s Blessing.
Short
Poetry
Shola Balogun, The Cathedral
Alan P. Garfoot, Oldskool
Denny Marshall, Volcano Planet

Departments

Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Nicholas Froumis, Matthew Harrison, and Pascal Inard.
Challenge Challenge 688 sees the perils of Artificial Unintelligence.
The Reading
Room
Channie Greenberg, A Grand Sociology Lesson  excerpt
Artwork Richard Ong, Spotlights
Translation Ludmila Sharga, Un Ange à mon appel   tr. Maria Kazak
The Art
Gallery
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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