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Bewildering Stories

The Readers’ Guide

What’s in Issue 844

Novels Yegor’s education was ordinary, but he has read a lot. Nonetheless, words are hard to understand. “Through the noise and dusty obstacles of modernity and temporality that crowd around life in vain, he heard the triumphant laughter of primordial silence.”
Natan Dubovitsky, Near Zero
Chapter 7: Sem’

Sirian secret agent Jason Wise pays a visit to Keyshawn, Elke and McDermott. They discuss countermeasures to the potential resistance to fusion power.
Bill Kowaleski, Creative Destruction
Chapter 3: Jason Wise
At what point might a good deed become too good? R. R. Brooks, A Blanket of Well and Woe.

New contributor Ajay Tulsiani shows why a patient afflicted by obsessive anxiety might be wise to take his therapy Slow and Steady.
At class reunions, people are usually recognizable from “back when.” When they aren’t, things can get more than a little out of hand, especially in Marvel Gap, Texas: Gary Clifton, Homecoming Blues.

An old kindness to an injured bird may find an echo in a couple’s future: Charles C. Cole, Farewell, Solitary Loon.
Poetry New contributor Jazzy Colbert, Living With OCD Monster
Robin Helweg-Larsen, Post-Literacy
Ken Poyner, Forgotten Colony
Channie Greenberg, Security From Saved Emails
Michael Wooff, Sonnet Not Found in Laura’s Tomb


Welcome Bewildering Stories introduces and welcomes Jazzy Colbert and Ajay Tulsiani.
Challenge Challenge 844 goes Down the Dark Side.
The Reading
Gary Beck, Transitions excerpt
The Art
Richard Ong, Dragon Tamer

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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