Letter From The Editor - Issue 44 - March 2015
Welcome to Issue 44 of IGMS, an issue that has a strong theme of family running
Our cover story is "The Oath-Breaker's Daemon" by Rob Steiner, a tale about a
man separated from family and friends, betrayed and stranded in ancient Rome
from an alternate timeline than the one we know, a timeline where magic is real.
His first and obvious goal is to get home again, and just when it appears he's on
the verge of getting there, the equation changes significantly and difficult choices
must be made. This is the first of two stories scheduled for IGMS featuring this
compelling new character, and we hope you enjoy it and look forward to more --
because the next one is coming your way next issue.
"Look After Your Brother " by Hollian Kim provides us a look into the life of a
Sneak Lord, a glorified prison rat who watches his fellow prisoners through the
eyes of his wolves -- eyes that have been replaced with magical stones and link
directly to his mind. When one of those wolves catches sight of his niece, and his
brother comes to rescue her, the Sneak Lord must decide what price he's willing to
pay to follows his mother's admonishment to "look after his brother."
"Broodmother," written by Jakob Drud (from Denmark -- we love our
international authors) is a story about a family traveling across the galaxy aboard
an enormous living space ship, where they are effectively surviving as nothing
more than comfortable parasites. But when it turns out that turnabout is fair play
and the ship uses one of their kids as a host to grow its own offspring, the dynamic
becomes a lot less comfortable.
Andrea's G. Stewart's story "A Good Mother" puts us on a small island, possibly
the last one left in this magical world, where human's lives are extended by
consuming the spiritual essences of magical creatures they share the island with.
The resulting overpopulation is unsustainable, but one small girl's choice to look
after the family she's chosen over the family she was born into may just save them
In the mood for something a little longer? The novelette, "The Crow's Word," by
Stephen Case, is an absorbing exploration of one man's journey through the
surreal, in search of love. With help from an unusual collection of friends and
confidants, he travels in and out of The Blur, discovering that love was looking for
him, even as he was looking for it.
This issue's audio production is "The Last HammerSong," written by Edmund R.
Schubert (yes, me, editor-guy Ed) and read by award-winning performer Emily
Rankin. It's the story of an alien world, some of whose inhabitants have a
decidedly alien way of looking at family relationships -- others of whom are
prepared to take matters into their own hands to change things for the better.
This subject of Darrell Schweitzer's InterGalactic Interview is Myke Cole, who
provides us with not just a look into his thought process on a wide range of
subjects, but a short story as well: "A Place For Heroes," reprinted from that
venerated old magazine, Weird Tales.
And be sure not to miss "At The Picture Show: Extended Cut," where our movie
critic Chris Bellamy discusses the upcoming Alien sequel, questioning the wisdom
of resurrecting dormant franchises.
Plus, it's time again for the results of this year's annual Reader's Poll. Readers
voted for their favorite stories and favorite artwork; top vote-getting stories and
illustrations receive an extra cash prize. And the winners are:
1st place - "The Sound of Distant Thunder" by Mike Barretta
2nd place - "The Golem of Deneb Seven" by Alex Shvartsman
3rd place (tie) - "Until We Find Better Magic" by H.G. Parry
3rd place (tie) - "High-Tech Fairies and the Pandora Perplexity" by Alex
1st place - "Elsa's Spheres" by R.L. Carter
1st place - "High-Tech Fairies and the Pandora Perplexity" by Andres Mossa
2nd place (tie) - "Underwater Restorations " by M. Wayne Miller
2nd place (tie) - "Seven Tips to Enjoy Your Time in the Unreal Forest" by Nick
Congratulations to all our winners, and many thanks to all our readers who voted.
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 here on IGMS along with our other free columns. Feel free to drop by and
catch The Story Behind The Stories, where the authors talk about the creation of