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What’s in Issue 859

Novels Yegor tells Nastya a story about his and her mother’s marriage and home life. The marriage is a delusion, and the home life is an illusion. But Yegor may have discovered the source in a peculiar neighbor.
Natan Dubovitsky, Near Zero
Chapter 22: Dvadtsat’ Dva

Now that Miles has met Jason in private, we realize that Miles and Maria are a very mismatched couple. Miles’ concerns are compounded by dark-money politics and the business in Botswana.
Bill Kowaleski, Creative Destruction
Novella Springfield may be only a freshman, but she’s determined to make her university do things her way or not at all. Meanwhile, her parents introduce her to a “therapist” whom she finds refreshingly feral.
Mickey J. Corrigan, Trigger Warnings
Chapter 4: Change the System
Chapter 5: Baby Steps
Chapter 6: The Good Doctor
New contributor Glenn Bresciani introduces a Sociomancer who must deal diplomatically with a Magic-maker, a Stealth-stabber, goblins and a troll: Dagger Quest, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor Tom Hooker shows how a superhero may not only have a thankless job, he may also need mission support: A Case of Petit Mal.
Of what use is an extra cemetery? Sometimes more than one might expect: Charles C. Cole, The Corner Lot.
Poetry New contributor Baishampayan Seal, Questions That Stay
Stephen Ellams, Black Dog
Essay Writing poetry is already hard enough. Add submitting it for publication, and the exercise becomes practically Dantesque: Edward Ahern, Submitting Poetry Without Muse Endangerment.


Welcome Bewildering Stories introduces and welcomes Glenn Bresciani, Tom Hooker and Baishampayan Seal.
Challenge Challenge 859 sees that some people think they’re pretty important. In literature, it’s interesting to follow Megalos’ Mania.
Letters Mickey J. Corrigan and Bewildering Stories discuss Near Zero.
The Art
John Eric Ellison, Android Curiosity with Hummingbird

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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