The Readers’ Guide
What’s in Issue 890
|Novella||Alec has not been able to come to terms with his father, Claire or Jennifer. Now they come back to haunt him in various ways: C. M. Barnes, Shadow Hour, part 3; part 4.|
|Serial||Reggie receives a visitation from a supernal being who explains the roles of Mel and Samael and the difference between what is “scripted” and what is not: John W. Steele, The Force Within, conclusion.|
Truth is as truth does, and its effects tell the truth about those who define it:
David Barber, Island of the Fortunate.|
The ivy-covered ivory towers of academe may seem impenetrable at first. A brother and sister reveal that very real people live there: Channie Greenberg, Owmapow’s Sister.
New contributor Mitchell Waldman introduces young Marty, who receives a warning from the past. Violence — wherever and whenever it occurs — it is liable to force a decision not only about one’s character but about one’s identity as well: Auschwitz Dreams.
|A rogue bus driver says, “This is my wilderness,” but wilderness stakes its own claims: Harrison Kim, A Tour in My Wilderness.|
|Poetry||Lana Bella, A Dead Man Who No Longer Cries|
Ed Blundell, Over and Over|
Meg Smith, The Element of Gold
|Do our lives have meaning? If so, what is it? The question is not really ours to answer; it is held in larger hands: Douglas Young, Reflections on Retirement.|
|Welcome||Bewildering Stories introduces and welcomes Mitchell Waldman.|
|Challenge||Challenge 890 observes that literature often plumbs the depths but sometimes also comes up with The Depths of Plumbing.|
|Rick Kennett, The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea excerpt|
John Eric Ellison, Intimate Sky|
A randomly rotating selection of Bewildering Stories’ art
NASA: Picture of the Day
This Week’s Sky at a Glance
Randomly selected Bewildering motto:
Randomly selected classic rejection notice:
Readers’ reactions are always welcome.