Letter From The Editor - Issue 56 - April 2017
It's springtime here on the planet Earth, and another issue of the Intergalactic Medicine Show
comes rattling into your atmosphere, bringing lies and fancies, dangers and appeasements.
E. Catherine Tobler is hawking the tale of a bone found on a barren Martian plain, captured
(protected?) by a dilapidated rover. A bit of unknown, unexpected Martian history, washed into
being by wind and scouring sand. In "Murmuration," Tobler teases a mystery out of the red sands
as subtly as an archeologist extracting miracles from a rock.
A miracle is at the heart of Shweta Sundararajan's "The Warrior and the Sage." Or maybe it's a
disaster: The mountain near Soujanya's village has disappeared, and with it, her playmate,
Ashraf. Soujanya defies her elders, the gods, and the mountain itself to find her friend and return
Darron returns home from war in Brian Trent's "Shadows and Shore Leave," and finds, predictably, that not
everything is as he left it. His little sister's new style, new attitude, and new friends drive a wedge
between them, as do her views on the war to protect their colony from the alien krolort.
In Steven R. Stewart's "The God in the Window," Olivetta's sister, Mallory, has a new attitude,
too--brought on by a failed throat surgery. Perhaps. Olivetta suspects that something darker,
something deeper is tainting her sister's life. While Mother carries on her dreams of her singing
career, while Father is stoically oblivious, Olivetta searches for meaning in her sister's obsession
with an old book of poetry.
Spring is a time for regrowth and rebirth here in the northern hemisphere, which leads us
appropriately to Matthew Shean's "Super Action Excite Team Go!" It's a story about the
regrowth of a limb; and also about the growth of a kid in the middle of a dissolving family
Ship, in Daniel Rosen's "The Ship That Forgot Itself," has a whole world of family to care for.
Humans, fish, plants--a driftcolony that relies on her to provide safe passage to their new home
in the stars. But all things deteriorate, all things decay. . . and Ship fights to preserve the world
within her even as she loses touch with those who depend on her.
And don't miss our Intergalactic interview with Sharon Lee and Steve Miller! They've graciously
given us permission to reprint their short story, "A Choice of Weapons," and we've also got a
selection from their new novel, "The Gathering Edge."
Scott M. Roberts
Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show