Letter From The Editor - Issue 66 - December 2018

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Issue 66
Stories
To Tend a Garden
by Filip Wiltgren
Gods of War Part II
by Steve Pantazis
Companionship
by Rhiannon Rasmussen
Carousel
by Terra LeMay
IGMS Audio
Carousel
Read by Emily Rankin
InterGalactic Medicine Show Interviews
Vintage Fiction
The Tiger's Silent Roar
by Holly Heisey
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Carousel
    by Terra LeMay
    Read by Emily Rankin


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You always ruin your first horse.

That's what they used to say back when I was a kid saddle-breaking my first season of two-year-olds fresh in from the upper pasture, my grandfather's scrubby crossbreeds, part Quarter Horse, part Hackney or Morgan or I don't know, little more than ponies, really, and all I had to do was get the buck out so my grandpa could take them to the local livestock sale. The goal: to give me enough experience so I wouldn't ruin the first horse I would call my own. But you always ruin your first horse. People said it because it was true.

They were still saying it a few years later when I was putting mileage on young show jumper prospects for my mother's friends and, by the end of that summer, her clients. Still saying it a few years after that, too, the first time somebody who didn't know any better said, "Jack, will you teach me how to ride like you do?"

They don't say it anymore, though. Now they say, "Better luck next time."

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