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What’s in Issue 849

Novels Yegor’s “chief,” Igor, has given Yegor a kind of playmate, Sara, as a present. The result is a glimpse into the cruel mentality of the underworld.
Natan Dubovitsky, Near Zero
Chapter 12: Dvenadtsat’

Maria Schoenbrun doesn’t like to hear what others think might be good for her. Rather than decide for herself, she’ll shut them up.
Bill Kowaleski, Creative Destruction
Chapter 8: Miles Steps In
Serial New contributor Daniel Stride introduces Manfred, the son of a village shaman. Manfred wins a flute in a card game, but it makes no sound he can hear. And yet some mysterious beings can hear it, when he blows A Breath Through Silver, part 1; part 2.
In a frozen world where global warming has turned itself upside down, 16-year old Nate discovers dangerous technology from a previous age: Scott Coon, Enduring Winter, part 1; part 2; conclusion.
New contributor Hattie Dove has Lucy cook up a savory-smelling stew for her crime-boss grandfather: Two Can Keep a Secret.
Poetry Wendy Holborow, Sponged Out
Oonah V. Joslin, New and Modern Poet
James Robert Rudolph, To Glide Past


Welcome Bewildering Stories introduces and welcomes Daniel Stride.
Challenge Challenge 849 notes that when diverse urgencies collide, they create Divurgencies.
Challenge 849 Response says to ask not for whom the bell tolls but For Whom the Joke’s Told.
The Reading
Ken Poyner, The Revenge of the House Hurlers   excerpt
The Art
Richard Ong, The War Fortress

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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