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The Readers’ Guide

What’s in Issue 722

Novel Jiri Lee helped overthrow Jackson Bain’s social class. Now they are both refugees from the revolution. In exile, they must decide whether to go back to the past or prepare a new future.
Bill Kowaleski, Living Standards
Chapter 42: Queenstown, conclusion
Serials First Coswald, then Browning, and now the entire cabal are irresistibly drawn to the lure of the accursed pocket watch.
Bryon L. Havranek, The Masterful Timepiece
Chapter V: A Final Bit of Justice, conclusion

New contributor Michael Díaz Feito brings to life medieval traders in religious relics. They set off from Spain to the Holy Land. As sainte-terreurs, they are truly holy terrors.
The Relic-Mongers
Chapter 1: Greenness; Chapter 2: Perfects; Chapter 3: Hercules;
Chapter 4: Meat; Chapter 5: Barcelona
Short
Stories
Both hardened crooks and amateurs need to remember that appearances can be deceiving: Gary Clifton, Seeking Romance in Paradise.

New contributor Ralph E. Shaffer brings back Rick’s bar from Casablanca to parody Shakespeare in Mogadishu.
Flash
Fiction
A hedgehog family has trouble protecting their own from elder abuse: Channie Greenberg, Precious’ Grandma.

Even the most talented writers can outdo themselves if they overlook the principles outlined in Bewildering Stories’ essay “Who’s Your Audience?”: Ásgrímur Hartmannsson, A Wanton Display of Skill.
Poetry David Adès, Taken by Stealth
New contributor Mr. Ben, The Worthiness of Truth
Short
Poetry
Ronald Linson, Random as Raindrops

Departments

Welcome Bewildering Stories welcomes Mr. Ben and Michael Díaz Feito.
Challenge Challenge 721 Response: “Beat the Drum
Challenge 722 concludes Time’s Up.
The Music
Hall
Ada Fetters reviews Steve Gunn at Barboza.
The Art
Gallery
Steven Rice, Mind of Many

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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