Welcome to issue 24 of IGMS. Let's dive right into the stories, shall we?
Our cover story is "Under The Shield" by Stephen Kotowych. An alternate history
tale set in turn of the 20th century New York, it depicts a world brought to the edge
of war by Nikola Tesla's powerful energy shields and death ray, the latter of which
was the true cause of the devastation at Tunguska in 1908.
Next up is "What Happened at Blessing Creek," an . . . let's call this one an
alternate reality story by Naomi Kritzer, where 19th century pioneers explore a west
that's a little wilder than the one we knew, replete with Indians and wolves, as well
as dragons and magicians -- and one young girl who suddenly finds herself thrust
into the middle of the conflict between settlers and Indians over the fate of the
town of Blessing Creek.
Michael Banker's "Second Chances Made of Glass and Wood" takes us to an
intriguing fantasy world where souls can be magically transferred from dying
human bodies to carved wooden miniature bodies, and explores this world through
the eyes of someone who never walked the world in a human body to begin with,
never knew the taste of food in her mouth or the flash of color before her eyes.
"Old Flatfoot" by Ross Willard swings the pendulum in the other direction,
showing us the existence of a police robot designed to protect and serve, but never
allowed to make a decision of its own. But when 'Old Flatfoot' discovers its days
are numbered, it takes matters into its own hands in an unexpectedly sentimental
Part One of Jared Adams' "Whiteface" is the first half of a novelette about a
father's quest to find a place in the world for a son who repeatedly chooses the path
of the outcast, first as an unknowing child, but later in life with the full knowledge
of not only the ramifications of his choice, but full knowledge of his father's
displeasure with such a choice. Part Two will conclude the story in our next issue.
And as with every other issue, we bring you another of David Lubar's Tale for the
Unafraid, and Darrell Schweitzer's InterGalactic Interview with Ben Bova.
Last, but by no means least, we bring you a sneak-peek at Orson Scott Card's
forthcoming novella Shadows In Flight, a direct sequel to his hugely popular
novel, Shadow of the Giant. Shadows In Flight is due out from Tor in January, but IGMS will preview it, presenting chapter one in this issue, and
chapter two in the next issue.
Edmund R. Schubert
Editor, Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show
P.S. As usual, we've collected essays from the authors in this issue and will post
them on our blog (www.SideShowFreaks.blogspot.com). Feel free to drop by and
catch The Story Behind The Stories, where the authors talk about the creation of