The Readers’ Guide
What’s in Issue 869
At the Diamond restaurant, Yegor impresses the diners and Capt. Warhola with an oration describing the Existentialist feeling of the Absurd. Capt. Warhola is moved to join Yegor in a vigorous reaffirmation of life.|
Natan Dubovitsky, Near Zero
Chapter 32: Tridtsat’ Dva
Senator Bourbonnais recovers from the Cygnian mugging and learns of Sirians’ activity on Earth. The news radically alters the Senator’s political outlook.
Bill Kowaleski, Creative Destruction
Chapter 28: A Revelation
|Serial||Omega and his Karakian partner Hoonra discover that the Dreamer will make a strange and fascinating ally: Tom Vaine, Omega Brown and the Tellerian Shapeshifter, part 3; conclusion.|
New contributor C. J. Heckman enlivens an evening at the Bristleboar Inn when some veteran regulars confront The Stranger from Scyllamar.|
New contributor Brad Kelechava reveals to three children and a mayor the importance of The Seagulls of Brachy Bay, part 1; conclusion.
New contributor Dorothy Rice shows that behind an artist’s signature — or the lack of one — portrait painting may have more to do with real life than one might ever guess: Art Everlasting.
|New contributor Robert Walton brings a former bandit to right a wrong in a small California town of the Old West: Llorona.|
|Poetry||Lori R. Lopez, Night’s Whispered Breath|
|Meg Smith, The Primitives|
|One never knows when a prospective enemy may turn out to be a friend: Charles C. Cole, My Friend the Bully.|
|Welcome||Bewildering Stories introduces and welcomes C. J. Heckman, Brad Kelechava, Dorothy Rice and Robert Walton.|
|Challenge||Challenge 869 notes that some stories answer and some raise the questions When, Where and Why?|
|John Eric Ellison, Descending Circles, Ascending Earth excerpt|
Channie Greenberg, Complications|
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art
NASA: Picture of the Day
This Week’s Sky at a Glance
Randomly selected Bewildering motto:
Randomly selected classic rejection notice:
Readers’ reactions are always welcome.