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What’s in Issue 869

Novels At the Diamond restaurant, Yegor impresses the diners and Capt. Warhola with an oration describing the Existentialist feeling of the Absurd. Capt. Warhola is moved to join Yegor in a vigorous reaffirmation of life.
Natan Dubovitsky, Near Zero
Chapter 32: Tridtsat’ Dva

Senator Bourbonnais recovers from the Cygnian mugging and learns of Sirians’ activity on Earth. The news radically alters the Senator’s political outlook.
Bill Kowaleski, Creative Destruction
Chapter 28: A Revelation
Serial Omega and his Karakian partner Hoonra discover that the Dreamer will make a strange and fascinating ally: Tom Vaine, Omega Brown and the Tellerian Shapeshifter, part 3; conclusion.
New contributor C. J. Heckman enlivens an evening at the Bristleboar Inn when some veteran regulars confront The Stranger from Scyllamar.

New contributor Brad Kelechava reveals to three children and a mayor the importance of The Seagulls of Brachy Bay, part 1; conclusion.

New contributor Dorothy Rice shows that behind an artist’s signature — or the lack of one — portrait painting may have more to do with real life than one might ever guess: Art Everlasting.
New contributor Robert Walton brings a former bandit to right a wrong in a small California town of the Old West: Llorona.
Poetry Lori R. Lopez, Night’s Whispered Breath
Meg Smith, The Primitives

One never knows when a prospective enemy may turn out to be a friend: Charles C. Cole, My Friend the Bully.


Welcome Bewildering Stories introduces and welcomes C. J. Heckman, Brad Kelechava, Dorothy Rice and Robert Walton.
Challenge Challenge 869 notes that some stories answer and some raise the questions When, Where and Why?
The Reading
John Eric Ellison, Descending Circles, Ascending Earth excerpt
The Art
Channie Greenberg, Complications

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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