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The Readers’ Guide

What’s in Issue 840

Novel In a seedy restaurant, Yegor meets the poet Algoltsov, who is a slovenly genius. Yegor haggles with Algoltsov over the rights to three fine poems.
Natan Dubovitsky, Near Zero
Chaper 3: Tri
Novella Hen-ree is spurned by his community, and Sammy’s father also considers his offspring bad luck. But sheer magic can make Henry a master Iron Mage and Samantha, the mistress of the winter wind.
Amber Ray, If Wishes Were Horses, part 5; part 6; conclusion
New contributor Nikki Everts shows how a life of drudgery can lead elderly Eloise to a A Life of Crime.

When a couple is out of Synch, a real-life date may go bad, even cosmically bad: Dan Reed, The Real Thing.

When one is in deep trouble, a fantastical story may help. Or it may dig deeper: Howard Vogl, Under the Clay Pots.
Poetry Nancy D. Bonazzoli, Old-Growth Forest
Channie Greenberg, Whether Equine or Strigine
Jack D. Harvey, Guernica at the Prado
Michael Amitin, Kiosk Café
Meg Smith, None More Grace


Welcome Bewildering Stories introduces and welcomes Nikki Everts.
Challenge Challenge 840 thinks a character might put down her pistol and exchange it for currency that’s both old and new. She could become a Poem-Packin’ Mama.
The Art
Richard Ong, Aurora Magic

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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