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What’s in Issue 876

Novels Strutsky takes Yegor to Mt. Elbrus, in the war-torn Caucasus. On the way, Yegor tells Strutsky a story of a dream-like semi-romance.
Natan Dubovitsky, Near Zero
Chapter 39: Tridtsat’ Devyat’

Maria Shoenbrun debates whom to shoot: Jason Wise, Miles Martin, herself or all three. In preparation for the hunt, she decides to have a complete makeover and consults a designer who happens to have seen Miles.
Bill Kowaleski, Creative Destruction
Novella Saul is approached by Julieta’s father, Tony Garza. Tony wants Saul to find Julieta’s boyfriend, Tommy Link, who has serious gambling debts: J. H. Malone, Drunk on Time, part 4.
Why would anyone not want to go to the beautiful Alpine resort of Echoff? Perhaps for the same reason that no one else does: Ásgrímur Hartmannsson, Taking the Train to Echoff.

In the world of fairy-tale characters, the tall and taciturn may yet make friends with the tiny and voluble: Ellis L. Knox, The Giant, the Cow, and the Pixie.

Ramona travels to Capetown to attend a relative’s funeral. She has burned many bridges behind her over the years; now it’s time to repair them: Tamara Podella, Nightmare Jack, II, part 1; part 2; conclusion.
Ava appears very innocent to space-freight haulers and pirates, but she’s packing heat in more ways than one: K. A. Williams, The Deceptive Masseuse.
Poetry Ken Poyner, The Sea Serpents of Mars

In a city of the midwestern U.S. in the 1950’s, the mean streets may be the scene of sudden violence. Outsiders may never know the meaning of one particular incident, but a boy from the “hood” will never forget it: Gary Clifton, Ground Rules.


Challenge Challenge 876 finds that many places may be hiding Fossil Forms.
The Reading
Channie Greenberg, Smiling and Nodding With Alacrity excerpt
The Art
Richard Ong, Fairy’s Nest

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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