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IGMS Issue 29

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  RUBIN: Before we wrap up, I wanted to ask you about your next book. The Cassandra Project is coming out later this year and it is a collaboration with Mike Resnick. This, I believe, is an expanded version of your story in Lightspeed. Why did you decide to expand the story and how did the collaboration with Mike come about?

  McDEVITT: Mike and I had been talking about doing a collaboration for years. After I'd written "The Cassandra Project" for Lightspeed, it occurred to me that I hadn't begun to explore the possibilities inherent in the basic scenario. Mike agreed. For one thing, we realized that we had discovered the truth behind the Watergate break-in. Once we had that, there was no way either of us would walk away from the novel. So the collaboration was locked in.

  I should add, by the way, that Mike is inordinately easy to work with.

  RUBIN: Jack, I want to thank you for doing this interview. I've heard other people describe you as one of the nicest people in all of science fiction - a kind of modern day Clifford D. Simak - and I absolutely agree. I really appreciate you taking the time to talk with me.

  Letter From The Editor

  Issue Issue 29 - July 2012

  by Edmund R. Schubert

  Editor, Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show

  * * *

  Welcome to Issue 29 of IGMS. There's a drought across much of America this summer, but there's no shortage of good reading here at IGMS.

  Our cover story, "The Butcher of Londonium" is a splendid alternate history where the Roman Empire survives long enough to meet Jack The Ripper, who is pressed into service as doctor to the gladiators who fight and live and die in the city of Londonium. Not quite your father's Olympic Games, eh?

  Next up is Gary Kloster's "Riding the Signal." When a secret group of high-tech mercenaries get attacked with a variant of their own long-distance animal-robot devices, their only chance of survival rides on two things they've never had to do before: work together, and get their own hands dirty.

  Doubling as our audio feature for this issue, "Cloudsinger" is the lyrical story of young teller of tales who goes to great lengths to get the details right, and the special opportunities such attention to detail brings. Written by Jared Adams, the audio version is read by our regular audio-contributor Tom Barker.

  "Dark and Deep" by Holli Mintzer brings us the lives of a pair of young witches who live deep in the woods, far from the local towns and villages for many good reasons, not the least of which is their mother, who protects them with the passion and determination that only a mother can bring.

  And last but certainly not least, we have a pair of short-shorts. Since they're both under 1,000 words we decided two was better than one, to ensure everyone got their money's worth. The first is Ken Kao's somewhat surreal SF tale, "For Lenore," while the second is Michael Hayne's post-apocalyptic "The Flower of Memory." I'd describe them to you, but they're short-shorts, remember? In the time it would take me to describe them, you could have already read them.

  So what are you waiting for? Time to dive in and start reading . . .

  Edmund R. Schubert

  Editor, Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show

  P.S. As usual, we've collected essays from the authors in this issue and will post them on our blog ( Feel free to drop by and catch The Story Behind The Stories, where the authors talk about the creation of their tales.

  For more from Orson Scott Card's

  InterGalactic Medicine Show visit:

  Copyright © 2012 Hatrack River Enterprises



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