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InterGalactic Medicine Show Awards Anthology, Vol. I (English Edition)
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InterGalactic Medicine Show Awards Anthology, Vol. I (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

James Maxey , Peter S. Beagle , Scott Roberts , Eric James Stone , Aliette deBodard , Eugie Foster , Marie Brennan , Alethea Kontis , Edmund R. Schubert , Orson Scott Card

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InterGalactic Awards Anthology Vol. I is a collection of stories from Orson Scott Card's award-winning magazine InterGalactic Medicine Show, spotlighting the winners of the magazine's readers' poll for best artwork and best short fiction. Edited by Orson Scott Card and Edmund R. Schubert, this anthology also includes other popular stories from the magazine's six year run, as well as a new introduction by Peter S. Beagle. Includes stories by such award-winning authors as Peter S. Beagle, Eugie Foster, Aliette deBodard, Marie Brennan, Alethea Kontis, recent Nebula-winner Eric James Stone, and more.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 258 pages
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  • Editeur : Spotlight Publishing (23 janvier 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0075C4NM2
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Very good collection overall 23 mars 2012
Par Amy Keeley - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This is a very good collection of stories. I wish I had time to talk about them all, but I'm afraid I'm going to have to limit myself to the prize-winners and a few favorites.

"Trinity County, CA" is an almost-buddy-film kind of story that starts out slow. And confusing. A lot of terms are thrown around that make sense later (and add depth to the beginning if you re-read it) but come across as a mess of jargon when you first meet the characters. However, if you can fight through that (it doesn't last long) the story picks up pretty well, especially after you figure out what it is the main characters do. And boy, oh, boy, is that a fun ride! Lots of action and a great fight/battle scene, not to mention an intelligent sidekick, made me smile by the end.

"Sister Jasmine Brings the Pain" starts out great, with a gun-toting nun and a cyborg canine who sounds like one of the dogs from the Pixar film Up. It turns out that the Apocalypse has come. Well, actually, all of them have come at once, from that impending ice age and giant ants to zombies and cell-phone induced madness. There's a whole list of things to survive. The humor doesn't stop in this story and neither does the action. The android, Caper Williams, Girl Detective, and her psychic spider "muppetbot" made me laugh out loud.

"The Ghost of a Girl Who Never Lived" is a heartbreaking examination of the power of grief and what people are willing to do to bring back the ones they love, as seen through the eyes of a "body". It's good. I really felt the pain of the "body" who only wanted a chance to find herself.

I wanted to like "The American". It starts out beautifully, but after a while the lack of information, far from creating a sense of mystique, only made me confused. The ending tries, and nearly succeeds, in being inspirational. It's a good ending. Looking back, I think it's a good story. And yet, I kept wanting something more after it finished.

Those are my thoughts on the prize winners. In the extra stories, my favorites included:

* "Silent as Dust" - a very good non-ghost story that I feel should have stayed that way.
* "The End-of-the-World Pool" - A story about friendship and dares that turn out more dangerous than they appear on the surface. It's the kind of story I hope my boys will read when they're older.
* "Beautiful Winter" - a lovely fantasy (romance?) that seems to be inspired by the fairy tale, The Twelve Months, but with far fewer tasks.
* "Mean-spirited" - This story is twisted. Sick, even. And yet, somehow, I love it, the ending especially.
* "Aim for the Stars" - Beautiful.

I'm really glad I bought this for my Kindle app.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A great series 26 mars 2012
Par Janis Ian - Publié sur
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Author Orson Scott Card took a chance and started "IGMS" online back when the very concept was alien to most of the authors and magazines in the field. He supported unknown writers as well as big names, gave many their first chance in print, and most important, paid attention to quality. It ran for years as a small effort known to just a few, but has morphed into something that arguably helped give birth to the current crop of online magazines, from Lightspeed on. Worth reading, worth subscribing.
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Superb Anthology of Contemporary SF, Fantasy and Horror 22 avril 2012
Par Elliot - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
In 2005, Orson Scott Card, famed author of the science fiction classic Ender's Game, founded (and briefly edited) an on-line magazine called The Intergalactic Medicine Show. This anthology collects four stories which the magazine's readers voted as its best, plus 10 more stories chosen by the magazine's editors. Paradoxically, I prefer most of the non-award winners, but this is overall an excellent anthology.

The four award winners: "Trinity County, CA" is a science fiction story from famed fantasist Peter S. Beagle, most noted for The Last Unicorn and A Fine and Private Place. Set in an alternate northern California where law enforcement must deal not only with pot farms and meth labs but also with illicit breeders of fire-breathing dragons, the story is exciting but neither very original nor too substantial. "Sister Jasmine Brings the Pain" by Van Carr is a parody of post-apocolyptic SF, which veers between truly funny and merely silly. Bruce Worden's "The American" is an elegiac piece of SF, set in a future Europe dominated by a United States which has become both all-powerful and inscrutable to outsiders.

My favorite of the four award winners is Keffy R.M. Kehrl's moving and thought-provoking "The Ghost of a Girl Who Never Lived," which both depicts the pain of its characters and explores the philosophical implications of biotechnology.

The other stories are a varied, but overall excellent lot: James Maxey's ghostless haunted-house story, "Silent as Dust"; Scott M. Roberts' "The End-of-the World Pool," a piece of horror fiction which also sensitively explores childhood friendships; Eugie Foster's "Beautiful Winter," a re-telling of a Russian folk tale;
"The Never Never Wizard of Appachicola" by Jason Sanford, which updates African-American voodoo folklore to the space age; Althea Kontis's "Blood and Water," a contemporary take on the mermaid myth; and Edmund R. Schubert's aptly-named "Mean Spirited," a semi-funny semi-horrifying story of love gone bad.

The best of the bunch, for me, were "A Heretic by Degrees" by Marie Brennan, the first genuinely __original__ high fantasy I have read in years, and one which should be expanded into a novel; "Horus Ascending" by Aliette de Bodard, told from the point of view of a sentient Artifical Intelligence; Eric James Stone's odd blend of fantasy and hard SF, "The Robot Sorceror," which features the anthology's second sentient AI; and Tom Pendergrass's genuinely moving "Aim for the Stars," in which a derelict in a homeless shelter may or may not posess the greatest scientific secret of all time.

This anthology has humor, horror, science fiction, fantasy-- and lots of great writing. Highly recommended.
2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Good anthology from a great magazine 26 mars 2012
Par Ammon - Publié sur
I tried reading most of these stories in this anthology some months ago, and found most all of them to be not my cup of tea. They are good, well written stories though, from one of the best Sci-Fi/fantasy magazines on the market! It's just that I am a very picky reader. If the author's viewpoint does not match mine, I rarely finish the story, even if it is only 5,000 words long. The important thing is that this book exists, contains some great artwork, and is something I can dream of having one of my short storys in, when volume 2 rolls around in another half decade.
As for the Card haters out there who bash everything he is connected to because they think he is anti-gay, you're dead wrong. I just finished reading every last one of his published stories, and he always deals with gays in a very respectful manner. Just because he wrote a story where a gay man forces himself to procreate for the continuation of the human race, that makes him homophobic?!
1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Intergalactic Anthology 25 avril 2012
Par andrejules - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I have been an admirer of Orson Scott Card's writing for years ever since I first read some of his articles and reviews in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. So when he created a web site on which he promised to print some of the newest sci-fi and fantasy stories by good authors as well as some of his own, I immediately subscribed. Now that he has produced an anthology of award winning stories from his site, I had to purchase it from Amazon. I am most happy I did. Great stories even when read the second or third time around. I highly recommend the InterGalactic Medicine Show Awards Anthology. You also might want to check out his website

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