Letter From The Editor - Issue 57 - June 2017
Congratulations to all the Nebula Award winners! You can read about the nominees and final
Stephen Lawson starts us off right this issue with questions of gastronomy, dragons, immortal
warriors, and writers. He ponders whether "Leaders Taste Better," and if they do, what are the
risks of devouring them?
Gerri Leen writes what may be the only cat story that has ever caught and held my attention.
"The Thing in the Basement" is a disturbing creature, and Rivina, a feline of skill, grace, and
understanding, is perturbed by its presence. And curious of course. But while Rivina may be
blessed with nine lives, her human is not so lucky. . .
Megan Lee Beals's "Good Fairies" are fairies in the vein of those from story and legend: not so
much "Good" as "Narcissistic" and "Capricious." The fairy protagonist (fairies don't have
names, and especially not names like "Peasblossom") of this tale is not like other fairies: She
loves bees. Other fairies only love their rules and their malicious play. Roped into their games,
our fairy tempts a human child into her grove and sets him on a quest that will endanger them
What if children actually were a commodity and there were socially acceptable manufacturing
and vending of kids both precocious and cherubic? That's the idea behind James Edward
O'Brien's "The Buried Children's Club." Rich folks get a new hobby as parents, and the rejects
are taken away quietly, professionally, and cleanly. Picking up the rejects, that's a job for a guy
like Tom Okeke. But like all jobs involving kids or long-haul trucking, things get complicated
Our audio selection this month is penned by Michael D. Winkle and read by Alethea Kontis.
"After the Matilda Briggs Went Down," Sherlock Holmes and John Watson returned to Baker
Street to study the curious evidence collected from the sinking ship: giant fleas. What happened
next is a . . . big surprise. You'll have to read (or listen) to find out.
Last but not least, our interviewer and reprint editor has a special treat for IGMS subscribers:
David Brin, SF novelist, futurist, and prolific essayist pays the Medicine Show a visit. We're also
reprinting his tale, "The Warm Space."
Scott M. Roberts
Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show