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  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: spotlight publishing (January 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976846969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976846963
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,261,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Worth reading, worth subscribing.
Janis Ian
This anthology has humor, horror, science fiction, fantasy-- and lots of great writing.
Elliot
I am looking forward to the next anthology.
Fred Collington

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amy Keeley on 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 By Janis Ian on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elliot on April 22, 2012
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ammon on March 25, 2012
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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 By Charles T. Calhoun on May 2, 2012
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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. This was free and one reason I tried it, but would say it's worth $2.00. I didn't commit to memory some of the better wtiters and consider reading some of them. I will go back and jot some of them down. Overall I would recommend this book.
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