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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.
The Reading
Rick Kennett, The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea excerpt
The Art
John Eric Ellison, Intimate Sky

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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