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The Readers’ Guide

What’s in Issue 860

News This is the last regular issue of the second quarter, spring or fall according to your hemisphere. Next week, we’ll bring you the Editors’ Choices from issues 849-860 in the Second Quarterly Review.
Novels Father moans and mother howls. Their little daughter, Nastyenka, is the only adult in the room, and she has the last word.
Natan Dubovitsky, Near Zero
Chapter 23: Dvadtsat’ Tri

Are Earthlings the galactic champions at quota-meeting capitalism? Poor Andrew has a very hard time persuading his fellow Cygnians to see beyond next quarter’s bottom line.
Bill Kowaleski, Creative Destruction
Novella Springfield Andrisson advocates banning unpleasant books. Would she ban her own cautionary tale?
Mickey J. Corrigan, Trigger Warnings
Chapter 7: The Program
Chapter 8: Three Weeks Later
Chapter 9: Hard Core
Chapter 10: Howl, conclusion
“On the Internet, nobody knows if you’re a dog.” — Scott Adams’ Dogbert: Harrison Kim, Just Inside the Frame, part 1; conclusion.

Stubbornness can take a long time to forgive, but forgiveness is welcome when it comes: Morris J. Marshall, Back to the Barber Shop.

The latest tracking device tells a soldier which desserts will shorten his life, and by how much. But what if the device knows more than that? And what to do when the readout goes to zero? Bob Welbaum, When Your Number Comes Up.
New contributor Lizz Bogaard introduces a mysterious muncher who asks for More, Please.

Police work is not exclusively about catching bad guys; it sometimes calls for compassion: Gary Clifton, Tricycle, Tricycle.
Poetry New contributor Farideh Hassanzadeh, Pen Pals


Welcome Bewildering Stories introduces and welcomes Lizz Bogaard and Farideh Hassanzadeh.
Challenge Challenge 859 Response: Near Zero, chapter 22
Challenge 860 signs off as Yours Truly.
Special Challenge 860: Trigger Warnings, chapters 7-10
The Reading
Scott Coon, Lost Helix excerpt
The Art
Richard Ong, In the Light of Eternal Struggle

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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