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What’s in Issue 873

Novels Yegor learns from Uncle Kolya how superstition despoiled the magical spring and pool of Yegor’s youth. Ryzhik tells him how he purchased the village Yegor had known and turned it into a plaything.
Natan Dubovitsky, Near Zero
Chapter 36: Tridtsat’ Shest’

Miles Martin has had it with Maria Schoenbrun. He flees to the amorous company of Jason Wise. Neither Miles nor Maria knows who or, rather, what Jason really is.
Bill Kowaleski, Creative Destruction
Chapter 32: Miles Escapes
Novella Saul is a young and somewhat carefree expert in information technology. A grandmother tries to recruit him to trace a granddaughter who seems to have eloped: J. H. Malone, Drunk on Time, part 1.
Serial New contributor N. D. Coley introduces Ian Paulson, who has a very hard time knowing both where and when he is. His landmarks in space and time consist of people, especially a clerk at a fast-food drive-in window: Megan’s Shift, part 1; part 2.
New contributor August J. Mordtmann depicts a desperate quest and an eerie encounter in The Sinking of the Carnatic, part 1; conclusion — tr. Michael Wooff

New contributor Dhasi Mwale has Niza’s cheerful but incautious boyfriend, Malumbo, learn that even his magic potions are subject to Murphy’s Law. Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong: Forget Me Not.

New contributor Heather Robinson shows how comedy and tragedy differ in degree, not in kind. And time may play a crucial role, as well, in the Stages of Grief, part 1; conclusion.
Poetry Gary Beck, Watching Steps

Literature thrives in times of social and political turmoil. But how does one write about such conditions in a way that will be remembered? Two classic examples show how it can be done: Don Webb, Politics in Literature: Word and Deed.


Welcome Bewildering Stories introduces and welcomes N. D. Coley, Dhasi Mwale and Heather Robinson.
The Art
Channie Greenberg, Disconnected

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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