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Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show: An Anthology (v. 1) Paperback – August 5, 2008
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The first collection of short stories from online magazine Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show (www.oscims.com), launched in 2005, features noteworthy SF and fantasy stories from a bumper crop of talented new authors. Four new Enderverse stories from Card will initially draw genre fans, but the stories from lesser-known writers are the compilation's real driving force. James Maxey's provocative To Know All Things That Are in the Earth takes a decidedly skeptical look at the Rapture; David Farland's The Mooncalfe puts an interesting—and unique—spin on oft-trod Arthurian legend; and Tom Barlow's brilliantly sardonic Call Me Mr. Positive explores isolation on a deep space mission gone tragically awry. If the quality of these stories is any indication, IGMS has as much promise as the newcomers it showcases. (Aug.)
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This collection of 17 stories from Card’s e-zine takes its title from his belief that writers getting readers to suspend disbelief is like old-fashioned medicine-show hawkers convincing customers that their patented elixirs will work. On the whole, he and Schubert have selected well, even if 5 of the 17 are Ender universe stories by Card himself. The best of those is Pretty Boy, about one of Ender’s opponents and of a particularly horrifying form of child abuse. Highlights among the remaining dozen entries are Aaron Johnson’s comics adaptation of Card’s Fat Farm; Brad Beaulieu’s In the Eyes of the Empress’s Cat, which will not necessarily make cat lovers purr; The Mooncalfe, in which rising fantasist David Farland takes a dark look at the Matter of Britain; and David Lubar’s Hats Off, in which dealing with a bully with magic backfires amazingly quickly. Adding value are the authors’ afterwords, which disclose the remarkable diversity of ways writers reach the Web or the page and how Card influences new writers. --Roland Green
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issue #1 - 10 written stories
issue #2 - 9 written stories
issue #3 - 10 written stories
issue #4 - 10 written stories
issue #5 - 10 written stories
issue #6 - 10 written stories
issue #7 - 11 written stories
issue #8 - 10 written stories
(80 in all)
Instead I got 18 select stories out of the first 4 issues:
5 from issue #1
4 from issue #2
5 from issue #3
4 from issue #4
The book includes the artwork for each story. It also contains the new Ender stories from each of the first 4 issues. And it's 432 pages. I suspect it'd be somewhere around 2000 pages if it included all of the stories up to issue 8.
Despite my disappointment in the book's lack of completeness, I'm still glad I bought it. It's a solid collection of great stories that I can hold in my hand and read, without having to stare at a computer screen. And I'm thinking it might be worth paying an extra $2.50 to get the rest of the stories from his website.
IN SHORT, HIS STORYTELLING, AND THOSE TELLERS HE RECOMMENDS, SEEMS TO AWAKEN PARTS OF BOTH OUR HEARTS AND OUR HIGHER CONSCIENCE THAT LOOKS AT RIGHT AND WRONG, LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE OF OTHERS WHO MAY BE VERY DIFFERENT, AND GROWING UP STRONG AND FLEXIBLE OF MIND AND HEART. THE STORIES ARE SELDOM ONLY WHAT THEY SEEM.
WHAT A PLEASURE TO HAVE FOLKS SUCH AS THESE IN MY WORLD!