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InterGalactic Medicine Show Awards Anthology, Vol. I [Kindle Edition]

James Maxey , Peter S. Beagle , Scott Roberts , Eric James Stone , Aliette deBodard , Eugie Foster , Marie Brennan , Alethea Kontis , Edmund R. Schubert , Orson Scott Card
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Book Description

InterGalactic Awards Anthology Vol. I is a collection of stories from Orson Scott Card's award-winning magazine InterGalactic Medicine Show, spotlighting the winners of the magazine's readers' poll for best artwork and best short fiction. Edited by Orson Scott Card and Edmund R. Schubert, this anthology also includes other popular stories from the magazine's six year run, as well as a new introduction by Peter S. Beagle. Includes stories by such award-winning authors as Peter S. Beagle, Eugie Foster, Aliette deBodard, Marie Brennan, Alethea Kontis, recent Nebula-winner Eric James Stone, and more.

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  • File Size: 642 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Spotlight Publishing (January 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0075C4NM2
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  • Lending: Enabled
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good collection overall March 23, 2012
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This is a very good collection of stories. I wish I had time to talk about them all, but I'm afraid I'm going to have to limit myself to the prize-winners and a few favorites.

"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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great series March 25, 2012
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Author Orson Scott Card took a chance and started "IGMS" online back when the very concept was alien to most of the authors and magazines in the field. He supported unknown writers as well as big names, gave many their first chance in print, and most important, paid attention to quality. It ran for years as a small effort known to just a few, but has morphed into something that arguably helped give birth to the current crop of online magazines, from Lightspeed on. Worth reading, worth subscribing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Elliot
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In 2005, Orson Scott Card, famed author of the science fiction classic Ender's Game, founded (and briefly edited) an on-line magazine called The Intergalactic Medicine Show. This anthology collects four stories which the magazine's readers voted as its best, plus 10 more stories chosen by the magazine's editors. Paradoxically, I prefer most of the non-award winners, but this is overall an excellent anthology.

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.

The other stories are a varied, but overall excellent lot: James Maxey's ghostless haunted-house story, "Silent as Dust"; Scott M.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good anthology from a great magazine March 25, 2012
By Ammon
I tried reading most of these stories in this anthology some months ago, and found most all of them to be not my cup of tea. They are good, well written stories though, from one of the best Sci-Fi/fantasy magazines on the market! It's just that I am a very picky reader. If the author's viewpoint does not match mine, I rarely finish the story, even if it is only 5,000 words long. The important thing is that this book exists, contains some great artwork, and is something I can dream of having one of my short storys in, when volume 2 rolls around in another half decade.
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?!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the stories were worth reading April 5, 2012
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I used to read slush for a SciFi magazine, and so I am pretty critical when I read short stories nowadays. Any group of short stories, even in professional anthologies, has a few that leave me cold. I was very surprised by how gripping this group was. When I got to the end, I really felt like every story was worth my time to read it, and many were the excellent kind of SciFi/Fantasy that sticks with you for days.

When I read the 2011 Hugo packet, I found myself saying that I really didn't want to live in any of the worlds they were writing about. IGMS, is a world I will definitely visit again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good collection of stories.
Published 2 months ago by Gregor Notacow Mendel
5.0 out of 5 stars great writing
Some of the stories are just exciting, some made me think. A wonderful combination. I am looking forward to the next anthology.
Published 12 months ago by Fred Collington
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
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 more
Published 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliance.
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.
Published on January 28, 2013 by Pete Aldin
3.0 out of 5 stars Try this if you like scifi short stories
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 more
Published on May 2, 2012 by Charles T. Calhoun
5.0 out of 5 stars intergalactic medicine show
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Intergalactic Anthology
I have been an admirer of Orson Scott Card's writing for years ever since I first read some of his articles and reviews in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Read more
Published on April 25, 2012 by andrejules
4.0 out of 5 stars Good short reads
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 more
Published on April 23, 2012 by Dad/Coach/Teacher
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