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InterGalactic Medicine Show Awards Anthology, Vol. I by [Maxey, James, Beagle, Peter S. , Roberts, Scott, Stone, Eric James, deBodard, Aliette, Foster, Eugie, Brennan, Marie , Kontis, Alethea]
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  • File Size: 1209 KB
  • 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
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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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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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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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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. So when he created a web site on which he promised to print some of the newest sci-fi and fantasy stories by good authors as well as some of his own, I immediately subscribed. Now that he has produced an anthology of award winning stories from his site, I had to purchase it from Amazon. I am most happy I did. Great stories even when read the second or third time around. I highly recommend the InterGalactic Medicine Show Awards Anthology. You also might want to check out his website

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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. I remember when these collections were a common staple on bookstore shelves and hope to see more of them again.
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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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