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The Readers’ Guide

What’s in Issue 858

Novels Yegor grudgingly takes his turn visiting with his daughter, Nastya. She doesn’t want to hear old stories; she wants something new.
Natan Dubovitsky, Near Zero
Chapter 21: Dvadtsat’ Odin

Miles Martin takes a break from Maria Shoenbrun and hangs out in a bar. He meets someone just his type but doesn’t realize he’s met him before, in another guise.
Bill Kowaleski, Creative Destruction
Novella Springfield Andrisson is a spoiled young teenager off to her freshman year in college. She has strong feelings about things she might not like, but what she does like is liable to pull her trigger.
Mickey Corrigan, Trigger Warnings
Serial Cy de Gerch concludes her quest balanced between her calling as a warrior and as a patron of alien art: Rick Kennett, The Gods in Their Galleries , part 3; conclusion.
New contributor Martin Lochman introduces a random plague of transformations that forces two brothers to come to a new mutual understanding with What Used To Be Mom, part 1; part 2; conclusion.

New contributor Joshua J. Mark depicts a spacefarer caught between life and memories: Beyond Time and Circumstance.
Hidjrah needs a charm to fend off a rival for her husband’s affection. At least, that is what an old magician thinks the charm is for: James Penha, Charming.
Karin S. Heigl, Fern Delighted — Farn erleuchtet

On the mean streets of Dallas, life can be heartbreakingly meaner than one can imagine: Gary Clifton, Lost Souls


Welcome Bewildering Stories introduces and welcomes Martin Lochman and Joshua J. Mark.
Challenge Challenge 858 says that when things are broken, one sets about Picking Up the Pieces.
The Reading
Nick Pipitone reviews Albert Camus, The Plague.
The Critics’
Don Webb discusses Albert Camus and The Plague.
The Art
Richard Ong, Solitude

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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