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What’s in Issue 874

Novels Ryzhik organizes a private hospital to care for Yegor, who has been tortured almost to death. Yegor receives a gloating message from his captors, but who has sent it, and how has Yegor shamed the Order of the Black Book?
Natan Dubovitsky, Near Zero
Chapter 37: Tridtsat’ Sem’

The Upper Zion fusion power project faces stubborn scepticism from potential investors, but coal magnate James Martin agrees that the political obstacles can be overcome. And he knows a potential bonanza when he sees one.
Bill Kowaleski, Creative Destruction
Novella Saul tracks Julieta on his time-scanner and reports back to her grandmother on Julieta’s activities with her boyfriend, Tommy. Meanwhile, Saul looks in on resident genius Liesl Blau, who says she could change the world but won’t: J. H. Malone, Drunk on Time, part 2.
Serial Ian Paulson, increasingly adrift in his own space and time, learns one of life’s most valuable lessons, to be there when you’re needed: N. D. Coley, Megan’s Shift, part 3; conclusion.
Monsters from outer space may not always be invincible, and they may not even be monsters: Ronald Larsen, Snakebitten Dragon.

Don’t jump to conclusions before you’ve heard the whole story: Howard Vogl, A Hazy View on a Sunny Day.
Are non-humans subject to human justice? Charles C. Cole, Pioneer Justice on a Distant Planet.

Managing mice, bunnies and birds can present an ecological challenge: Jerry Guarino, In the Mouse-Bird Ecozone.
Poetry Nick Pipitone, Spirit and Flesh
Edward Ahern, We Lepers


Challenge Challenge 874 Strictly Forebitten
The Art
John Eric Ellison, Orders of the Viking Queen

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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