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The Readers’ Guide

What’s in Issue 886

An interstellar battleship needs different captains with special duties. After long years of war far from Earth, one of them may need to decide where home really is: David Barber, A Hand of Captains.

New contributor John D. Connelley brings an argumentative predator to the window of a young boy, leaving A Childhood Memory, part 1; conclusion.

An accidental tragedy can color an entire life with unearned guilt: Silvia E. Hines, Sibling, part 1; part 2; conclusion.
In a police raid, Supervisor Glen Chism finds that his agents give him both too much and too little: Gary Clifton, Secondary Solutions.

Sometimes, a relationship breakup can be taken a little too literally: Jeffrey Greene, Emphatically Yours.
James R. Rudolph, When the Music Stops
Meg Smith, Imaginary Time

Old friends are to be cherished, especially one that is very old indeed: Charles C. Cole, Speaking for a Friend.


Welcome Bewildering Stories introduces and welcomes John D. Connelly.
Challenge Challenge 886 finds the top a difficult target. Sometimes one goes Over and Under the Top at the same time.
The Reading
Bill Kowaleski, Brighter Than the Stars excerpt
The Art
John Eric Ellison, Social Distancing

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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