Letter From The Editor - Issue 35 - September 2013
Welcome to Issue 35 of IGMS, which represents the 8th anniversary of our magazine. Eight
years, wow. Maybe the idea of internet-based publishing just might catch on after all . . .
Our cover story this issue is "Tangible Progress" by Ed Schubert. No, not me - a different Ed
Schubert. Really. Well . . . okay, it's by me. But you have to promise not to tell Uncle Orson. ;-)
Anyway . . . "Tangible Progress" is the story of a young girl in the process of discovering that
there is much more to life with a tribe of werewolf-hunters than merely hunting werewolves.
In "Southside Gods," author Sarah Grey introduces us to plumbers and air-conditioning
repairmen and other potent deities. (I'd tell you more but then this intro would be longer than the
story.) (Further proof that great things do come in little packages . . .)
"Wet Work: A Tale of the Unseen" is the Halloween centerpiece for this issue. It's a tale of the
idle rich, reality show contestants, zombies, and other mindless things that populate this dark but
humorous post-apocalyptic world created by regular contributor Matt Rotundo. Guest-starring
the devil, this one truly has something for everybody.
"Last Resort," by Michael Greenhut, is an argument for the redeemable nature of all people
(except possibly teenagers), set in a parallel-reality prison-world that only looks like paradise on
And not quite last, but very far from least, is "The Sweetness of Bitter," by Beth Cato. An SF
tale in a very different post-apocalyptic world, "Sweetness" shows the very human results of a
mother struggling to recalibrate the failing nanites in her daughter's simulacrum.
As a bonus for Halloween dessert, S. Boyd Taylor brings us this issue's Tale for the Young and
Unafraid (a feature normally penned by David Lubar). Everything you need to know about "The
Elder Thing and the Puddle People" comes directly from the story: "It came with the green feet
that had eyes and mouths, and with the yellow, rubbery outerskin, and with the lace and the
glitter -- oh, the horrible, horrible glitter."
And be sure not to miss our InterGalactic Interview with New York Times best-selling author
Faith Hunter, who is so busy these days with novels and compendiums and games and
anthologies that I honestly don't know where she came up with time to do the interview.
Plus the next installment of our newest feature, an article by our regular movie-reviewer, Chris
Bellamy. Be sure to check out his second piece, "Beautiful Demise: Why I Will Be More Than
Happy If and When 3D Finally Goes Away."
Edmund R. Schubert
Editor, Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show