Summary

Best-selling writer Orson Scott Card founded the online magazine Intergalactic Medicine Show in 2006. It has been a big success, drawing submissions from well-known science-fiction and fantasy writers, as well as fostering some amazing new talents. This collection contains some of the best of those stories.
There is fiction from David Farber, Tim Pratt, and David Lubar among others, also four new Ender's Game universe stories by Card himself. This collection is sure to appeal to Card's fans and be a great ambassador to them for these other talented writers.
©2008 Orson Scott Card (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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"The first collection of short stories from [the] online magazine...features noteworthy SF and fantasy stories from a bumper crop of talented new authors....[and] the stories from lesser-known writers are the compilation's real driving force....If the quality of these stories is any indication, IGMS has as much promise as the newcomers it showcases." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Card has taken the venerable SF concepts of a superman and an interstellar war against aliens, and superb characterization, pacing, and language, combined them into a seamless story of compelling power." ( Booklist)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Timothy on 27-08-09

Varied collection, but overall enjoyable

As to be expected with a collection of short stories by numerous authors, the quality of the stories varied. The stories by Orson Scott Card, especially "Pretty Boy" and "Cheater" were standouts. However be warned that the last two Card stories, "A Young Man with Prospects" and "Ender's Homecoming," are essentially excerpts from "Ender in Exile." Among the non-Card stories, "Respite" and "To Know All Things That are in the Earth" were standouts that made me look for excuses to get more listening time. "Taint of Treason" was interesting, but felt more like a literary exercise than a full story. I'm mixed on "Tabloid Reporter to the Stars," and can imagine it polarizing audiences depending on their reactions to the twist.
The remaining stories ranged from "good" to "so-so." None stood out as "bad," but some, such as "Beats of Seven" did not fit my taste, and made me glad that it was a short story instead of a 20 hour novel.
Overall though I enjoyed having a compilation of short stories. The risk threshold with a short story is low, but the potential payoff is high. As noted above, some did not work out for me, but others were outstanding. Compilations like this are an excellent way to branch out your listening.

An added note: each story featured a short essay by the author describing the creative process for that story. Regardless of my assessment of the story, I found each essay enlightening.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Michelle on 12-04-09

Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show

The Ender stories are well done. The other stories are of wonderful quality. Most of them left me wanting more or thinking about what I thought would happen next. This is the beauty of the short story. The afterwords by the authors are interesting looks into the process of writing from many different viewpoints. The narrators are well paired with the selecions. I like short stories and think this collections is well worth the listen.

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