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What’s in Issue 861

Novels Yegor goes to a movie in hopes of viewing Crybaby. It’s a private showing attended by a socialites known as “Our Own.” Yegor seems to have his place in the group.
Natan Dubovitsky, Near Zero
Chapter 24: Dvadtsat’ Chetire

Gerry, Elka and Keyshawn are joined by Sociologist-Andrew, who reports on his failure to stop the Cygnians from flooding the market with small fusion reactors. New steps must be taken.
Bill Kowaleski, Creative Destruction
Novella New contributor J. H. Malone introduces EarthTours, an agency that provides space aliens with secret tours of quaint planet Earth. But one of the tourists has gone missing, and the search is on. Space aliens are full of surprises, but maybe the quest will end in a Roundup, part 1; part 2.
Serial Riley, a deliveryman, delivers a pizza. He discovers a baby and is paid with a written invitation to a rally to promote a men’s shelter: Max Christopher, The Battles of Leuctra, part 1; part 2.
New contributor Rune Froseth introduces Maurice Guepardot, who ponders the meaning of life and death. How better to find out for sure what it might be than to press The Decision Button, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor Chariklia Martalas brings a worker from the impoverished planet Jigon to toil in the mines of Zolot. He will provide a revelation worthy of high art in The Miner and the Opera.
New contributor Kay Smith-Blum shows a humorous side of medical precautions in all this Testing, Testing...
Edward Ahern, Breaking Waves

The City by the Bay is known for its beauty and its colorful characters: Charles C. Cole, One Winter Near San Francisco.


Welcome Bewildering Stories introduces and welcomes Rune Froseth, J. H. Malone, Chariklia Martalas and Kay Smith-Blum.
Challenge Challenge 861 is all dressed up and Buttoned Down.
The Reading
KJ Hannah Greenberg, Rudiments excerpt
The Art
John Eric Ellison, Android Interest

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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