Welcome to issue 26 of IGMS. A lot of news items have surfaced since our last
issue came out, the biggest of which was the signing of Harrison Ford to play
Battle School commander Hyrum Graff in the upcoming Ender movie. Indiana
Graff meets Hyrum Solo -- exciting news, indeed. But outside of the three-ring
circus known as Hollywood, we've got a few exciting news items happening right
here at the InterGalactic Medicine Show.
First of all, the long-awaited InterGalactic Awards Anthology - Vol. 1 has just been
released by Spotlight Publishing. It's a collection of the winners of the 2010 IGMS
InterGalactic Awards Reader's Poll (both the stories and the artwork), plus popular
stories from the years before the award was launched. Edited by Orson Scott Card
and yours truly (Ed Schubert), it also features an all new introduction by Peter S.
And speaking of the InterGalactic Awards Reader's Poll, voting for the
2011awards will begin next week. Look for the announcement when the polls open
-- and remember, you're not just voting for the best stories and artwork published
in IGMS in 2011; in all likelihood you're selecting the featured stories for the next
While we're on the subject of awards, this would be a great time to mention that
the current issue of IGMS proudly presents the Grand Prize winner of the 2011
Hydra Contest for the best Brazilian speculative fiction. "Story with Pictures and
Conversation" was written by Brontops Baruq (the author's pseudonym) and
originally published in the limited edition magazine Portal Fundação. It is an
unusual science fiction story presenting the report of an unnamed official
describing a child's words and hand-drawn pictures created during an interspecies
war -- as well as a subtler one between her mother and father.
Our cover story, "Remains of the Witch," by Tony Pi, tells the tale of a flying
monkey, Remue, who was taken under the tutelage of the Wicked Witch, only to
find that role short-lived when the witch is killed by a bucket of water. But when
Remue gathers up the puddle that was once her wicked teacher, she finds the
witch's power is not nearly at its end.
"Arkmind," by Niall Francis McMahon is a powerful science fiction story set in a
world where a super nova has forced mankind to fling its seeds away from earth to
seek new homes. En route one of the ship's artificial intelligence achieves
consciousness, but with all of the humans either dead or in very raw genetic form
and still waiting to be incubated, the AI must follow its own bumpy path to
understanding what consciousness actually means.
"Contaminant Source Removed" is a fun YA fantasy about a 12-year old boy
named Marco who discovers the hard way that improvising with magic spells can
lead to all sorts of unexpected challenges, while "Lair of the Twelve Princesses" by
Amanda Davis is a smart retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses fairy tale as
seen from the perspective of a the female warrior and her wish-granting imp,
whom she continually vexes by refusing to ask for wishes that he grant.
Darrell Schweitzer interviews Carrie Vaughn, whose popular Kitty Norville novels
have been an urban fantasy hit since their first publication in 2005. But did you
know that she's written four other novels, as well as some 50 short stories? See
what else you're missing in Darrell's interview.
Last, but by no means least, we bring you a sneak peek at Orson Scott Card's
forthcoming novel, Ruins, the second book in his popular Pathfinder series, due
out later this year. IGMS is presenting an excerpt in this issue.
Off with you, then. It's time to start reading the stories . . .
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