Letter From The Editor - Issue 37 - January 2014
Welcome to Issue 37 of IGMS.
Our cover story for this issue is "Else's Spheres," by Marina J. Lostetter. In
"Spheres," communicating with the dead is facilitated by perfectly round
geological formations with a crystal-studded center. It's what's at the center of the
main character's line of questions, however, that lead to an explosive conclusion.
Part One of Jeffrey A. Ballard's SF novelette, "Underwater Restorations" takes us
into the high-tech world of thievery in a near-future where the water-line has risen,
but the level of honor among thieves has not. Part Two will conclude things in
"High-Tech Fairies and the Pandora Perplexity" by Alex Shvartsman returns us to
the magical pawn shop first introduced in Issue 33's immensely popular
"Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma." This time around there's a Pandora's-box-worth of trouble brewing in the shop, and that's one box o' trouble you don't want
to be opening.
"Big Al Shepard Plays Baseball on the Moon," by IGMS's own SF book-reviewer
Jamie Todd Rubin, explores two timelines in an alternate history that's as
American as baseball, hot dogs, and a moon made out of green cheese.
In "Seven Tips to Enjoy Your Time in the Unreal Forest," written by Van Aaron
Hughes, time does a small stutter-step at the local kids' bus-stop and the
consequences for one teen are anything but childish.
This issue's audio production, "Into the Desolation," by Catherine Wells (read by
smoky-voiced regular, Stuart Jaffe), shows time doing more than just stutter-step;
it lurches drunkenly before falling onto its face and passing out. The new world it
leaves in its wake has a few holes that beg to be explored, holes almost as big as
one young man's need to find his place . . .
And be sure not to miss Darrell Schweitzer's InterGalactic Interview with Hugo
and Nebula nominated author Brenda Clough, plus the next installment of our
newest feature, "At The Picture Show: Extended Cut," an in-depth article by our
regular film critic, Chris Bellamy.
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