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The Readers’ Guide

What’s in Issue 690

Novel John Chester reveals to Jiri one of Jackson Bain’s most closely guarded secrets. Meanwhile, Mira is sacked and returned to her enclave. Jiri wants to visit her, but DeShaun warns against grave risks.
Bill Kowaleski, Living Standards
Chapter 6, part 1: The Truth; part 2: Mira Exiled
Short
Stories
Frankie Witt, a chronic drunk, is transformed when he concocts a beverage with mysterious ingredients: Edward Ahern, The Consubstantial Man, part 1; part 2; conclusion.

Jake Kravitz has acquired a long and bad reputation as a cop, but nobody has been able to pin anything on him. Then Beatrice Jackson and Tim Ripley get on his case: Gary Clifton, Dead Ends.

New contributor Patric Quinn depicts a senator and an aide who have found a way to fulfill the fondest wishes some children have for their parents and grandparents: Dinner at Sea.
Flash
Fiction
Ask not who future presidents might be, ask what: Boris Kokotov, Utterly Presidential.
Poetry Bertrand Cayzac, Second Martian Eclogue
Short
Poetry
Shola Balogun, In Solitary
Denny Marshall, Work on Terra Five
B. Z. Niditch, They Smile
Classic
Reissues
“Civilization is a thing of the calm, the patient, the pragmatic, and the wise. We are not assured it will triumph.” Don Webb recalls Cassandra’s Voices in 2016: Warnings to the Modern Age.

Departments

Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Patric Quinn.
Challenge Challenge 690 calls out, Party Overboard!
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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