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- Print Length: 258 pages
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- Publisher: Spotlight Publishing (January 23, 2012)
- Publication Date: January 23, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0075C4NM2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #974,560 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
InterGalactic Medicine Show Awards Anthology, Vol. I Kindle Edition
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"Trinity County, CA" is an almost-buddy-film kind of story that starts out slow. And confusing. A lot of terms are thrown around that make sense later (and add depth to the beginning if you re-read it) but come across as a mess of jargon when you first meet the characters. However, if you can fight through that (it doesn't last long) the story picks up pretty well, especially after you figure out what it is the main characters do. And boy, oh, boy, is that a fun ride! Lots of action and a great fight/battle scene, not to mention an intelligent sidekick, made me smile by the end.
"Sister Jasmine Brings the Pain" starts out great, with a gun-toting nun and a cyborg canine who sounds like one of the dogs from the Pixar film Up. It turns out that the Apocalypse has come. Well, actually, all of them have come at once, from that impending ice age and giant ants to zombies and cell-phone induced madness. There's a whole list of things to survive. The humor doesn't stop in this story and neither does the action. The android, Caper Williams, Girl Detective, and her psychic spider "muppetbot" made me laugh out loud.
"The Ghost of a Girl Who Never Lived" is a heartbreaking examination of the power of grief and what people are willing to do to bring back the ones they love, as seen through the eyes of a "body". It's good. I really felt the pain of the "body" who only wanted a chance to find herself.
I wanted to like "The American". It starts out beautifully, but after a while the lack of information, far from creating a sense of mystique, only made me confused.Read more ›
The four award winners: "Trinity County, CA" is a science fiction story from famed fantasist Peter S. Beagle, most noted for The Last Unicorn and A Fine and Private Place. Set in an alternate northern California where law enforcement must deal not only with pot farms and meth labs but also with illicit breeders of fire-breathing dragons, the story is exciting but neither very original nor too substantial. "Sister Jasmine Brings the Pain" by Van Carr is a parody of post-apocolyptic SF, which veers between truly funny and merely silly. Bruce Worden's "The American" is an elegiac piece of SF, set in a future Europe dominated by a United States which has become both all-powerful and inscrutable to outsiders.
My favorite of the four award winners is Keffy R.M. Kehrl's moving and thought-provoking "The Ghost of a Girl Who Never Lived," which both depicts the pain of its characters and explores the philosophical implications of biotechnology.Read more ›
As for the Card haters out there who bash everything he is connected to because they think he is anti-gay, you're dead wrong. I just finished reading every last one of his published stories, and he always deals with gays in a very respectful manner. Just because he wrote a story where a gay man forces himself to procreate for the continuation of the human race, that makes him homophobic?!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some of the stories are just exciting, some made me think. A wonderful combination. I am looking forward to the next anthology.Published 21 months ago by Fred Collington
I did find out that you can subscribe too IGMS and get access to all volumes for $15/year, so I may avail myself of that next. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Calypsoreid
Some of the best writers out there, edited professionally. This is sure to please.
And I have to write 6 more words before I can submit. Oh, I just did.
I like scifi but do not usually read short stories. This was a pleasant surprise of several good stories and I enjoyed most of them. Read morePublished on May 2, 2012 by Charles T. Calhoun
I really enjoyed this issue of the Intergalactic Medicine Show. The stories are very entertaining and the artwork is definitely beautifully done.Published on April 28, 2012 by E_Wazu
Who doesn't like a good, well-written short story now and then. For those of us who enjoy fantasy and sci-fi in equal doses, this book is perfect. Read morePublished on April 23, 2012 by Dad/Coach/Teacher