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What’s in Issue 866

Novels Yegor appeals to Igor for help in finding Crybaby, but Igor is indifferent. Yegor explains what “near zero” really means.
Natan Dubovitsky, Near Zero
Chapter 29: Dvadtsat’ Devyat’

The visitors from Earth find that the Cygnians have spared no expense in building a grand hotel for offworld tourists.
Bill Kowaleski, Creative Destruction
Chapter 25: Earth Sector, Tertia
Novella The Grand Satrap lounges in decadent splendor. Sing Tzu is hard pressed to aid the rebels. Logan and Rampart continue their desert journey.
Arthur Davis, The Morland Basking Plain
Chapter 3: The Grand Satrap
Serial New contributor Richard Dillio brings combatants together in a medieval-style quest for Brokki’s Burial, part 1; part 2.
New contributor Evelyn M. Lewis sends a search and rescue operative to bring back a virtual gamer in distress. Such a task may be impossible in A Solipsist’s Country, part 1; conclusion.

A Southern belle takes revenge on a Yankee carpetbagger: John Mara, Digging Up the Past.

New contributor Ana Teresa Pereira depicts two sisters who are very different but have someone in common: The Dark Pond.
New contributor K. A. Williams introduces a bereaved widow who finds consolation in her work on her First Day Back.
Poetry Stephen Ellams, Musical Tastes Change


Welcome Bewildering Stories introduces and welcomes Richard Dillio, Ana Teresa Pereira and K. A. Williams.
Challenge Challenge 866 notes that hydrogen ice can hardly wait to get into action. It sublimates into vapor at a temperature very close to Absolute Zero, at 6° K.
The Reading
Phillip E. Temples, Uncontacted Frontier excerpt
The Art
Richard Ong, Rocket Girl

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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