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The Readers’ Guide

What’s in Issue 868

Novels At the Diamond restaurant, Yegor meets Sara Warhola, a captain in State Security. She gives Yegor secret insights into Russian history and society, and she tells him where he might find Crybaby.
Natan Dubovitsky, Near Zero
Chapter 31: Tridtsat’ Odin

A Cygnian anti-predator faction plans to scare visiting Earthlings by mugging them. Their plan goes badly wrong for both them and the tourists.
Bill Kowaleski, Creative Destruction
Chapter 27: Botched Operation
Novella Marcos Xzen and his troops pursue Logan Drewry in a painful, exhausting trek across the desert in a race that will end at the edge of Tunduria.
Arthur Davis, The Morland Basking Plain
Tunduria, part 1; conclusion
Serial Omega Brown and his Karakian partner, Hoonra, crash-land on a forbidding planet. To escape, they must ward off a monstrous pursuer and deal with a strange society controlled by a Dreamer.
Tom Vaine, Omega Brown and the Tellerian Shapeshifter, part 1; part 2
A lover of old films traces the personal and cinema history of a striking and enigmatic actress. It seems to be summed up mysteriously in a strange film: Jeffrey Greene, “The Resurrectionist” part 1; part 2; conclusion.

New contributor Howard Zaharoff depicts how Maurits Escher, the creator of paradoxical artworks, might have experienced dinner in a restaurant when Escher Dines Alone.
If genes determine personality, an implant might make family history all the more vivid: Coleman Bomar, The New Fatherhood.
Douglas Young, Yellow Weeds


Welcome Bewildering Stories introduces and welcomes Howard Zaharoff.
Challenge Challenge 868 asks with feigned innocence: What’s to Sneeze At?
The Art
Richard Ong, The Symphony of Space and Time

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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