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What’s in Issue 709

Novel A strange cult harboring a mysterious chalice dissolves in a brawl over power and status. Jackson Bain precipitates the same thing at the highest levels of government but with a minimum of incivility.
Bill Kowaleski, Living Standards
Serial A divorce attorney begins to realize that his business is being disrupted by the wisdom berry. Meanwhile, a special branch of the army comes looking for the eccentric genius, Master Fu: Joseph McKinley, Perfect Wisdom Berry Blast, part 3; part 4.
Short
Stories
Jensen is under intense pressure to meet his sales quota, and he wants to buy a genetically modified puppy for his girlfriend. But his most immediate problem is his potential customers: Patrick Doerksen, There Will Be No Puppy, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor Simon Williams shows how a truly bewildering story might arouse curiosity and arrest The Gentle Decay of the Past, part 1; conclusion.
Flash
Fiction
New contributor Raluca Balasa shows how a schoolboy might lose a girl friend to an irreconcilable conflict: The First Kill.
Poetry Stephen Ellams, Sylvia
Short
Poetry
Gary Beck, Prisoners Are Entitled
Karin S. Heigl, River Glow — Flußglanz

Departments

Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Raluca Balasa.
Challenge Challenge 709 enjoins you to Heed the Bark.
The Reading
Room
Kenneth C. Eng, Spell Knights   excerpt
The Art
Gallery
Richard Ong, Where the River Glows

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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