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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (578 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bradley P. Beaulieu, Brian Dolton, David Farland, David Lubar, Eric James Stone, James Maxey, Orson Scott Card, Peter Orullian, Rachel Ann Dryden, Scott M. Roberts, Tim Pratt, Tom Barlow, Ty Franck Narrator: A Full Cast Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781455191925
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New York Times bestselling author 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 Farland, Tim Pratt, and David Lubar, among others, and four new Ender Universe stories by Card himself. This collection is sure to appeal to Card’s fans and will serve as a great ambassador to them for these other talented writers.

The contents are:

Foreword by Orson Scott Card
Introduction: The Story behind the Stories by Edmund R. Schubert
“In the Eyes of the Empress’ Cat” by Bradley F. Beaulieu
“Mazer in Prison” by Orson Scott Card
“Tabloid Reporter to the Stars” by Eric James Stone
“Audience” by Ty Franck
“The Mooncalfe” by David Farland
“Cheater” by Orson Scott Card
“Dream Engine” by Tim Pratt
“Hats Off” by David Lubar
“Eviction Notice” by Scott M. Roberts
“To Know All Things That Are in the Earth” by James Maxey
“Beats of Seven” by Peter Orullian
“Pretty Boy” by Orson Scott Card
“Respite” by Rachel Ann Dryden
“The Box of Beautiful Things” by Brian Dolton
“Taint of Treason” by Eric James Stone
“Call Me Mr. Positive” by Tom Barlow
“A Young Man with Prospects” by Orson Scott Card
“Ender’s Homecoming” by Orson Scott Card – a special audio-only bonus

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Features noteworthy SF and fantasy stories from a bumper crop of talented new authors. Four new Enderverse stories from Card will initially draw genre fans, but the stories from lesser-known writers are the compilation's real driving force. James Maxey’s provocative ‘To Know All Things That Are in the Earth’ takes a decidedly skeptical look at the Rapture; David Farland’s ‘The Mooncalfe’ puts an interesting—and unique—spin on oft-trod Arthurian legend; and Tom Barlow’s brilliantly sardonic ‘Call Me Mr. Positive’ explores isolation on a deep-space mission gone tragically awry. If the quality of these stories is any indication, IGMS has as much promise as the newcomers it showcases.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This collection of eighteen stories from Card’s e-zine takes its title from his belief that writers getting readers to suspend disbelief is like old-fashioned medicine-show hawkers convincing customers that their patented elixirs will work. On the whole, he and Schubert have selected well, even if five of the eighteen are Ender universe stories by Card himself…Adding value are the authors’ afterwords, which disclose the remarkable diversity of ways writers reach the Web or the page and how Card influences new writers.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsti | 2/11/2014

    " Orson Scott Card is one of my favorite authors. That said, he only wrote two of the short stories in this collection. My cousin Eric Stone wrote 2 more of them, so it was definitely worth reading. Some of the stories were brilliant and some were just ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 1/21/2014

    " Please see my review this August at myshelf.com "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shari | 1/5/2014

    " Read 4 Ender related short stories: Mazer in Prison, Cheater, Pretty Boy, & A Young Man with Prospects. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Staci Johnson | 9/30/2013

    " Great collection of short sci-fi stories. I enjoyed the tie-ins to Ender and Bean sagas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denis | 9/26/2013

    " Orson Scott Card's stories were all great. I love his style of writing. The other stories were hit or miss. Some were interesting, others were boring, and a couple were downright bizarre. Also, some of the stories, seemed like more fantasy than science fiction to me. For example, eviction notice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy Dion | 9/6/2013

    " Lots of awesome short stories. Not only can Orson Scott Card write, but he is also good at selecting stories that other people have written. I had a very high "Like" percentage with this anthology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Slater | 7/14/2013

    " Excellent collection of Science Fiction stories. Particularly enjoyed the Scott Card stories which explained the background to characters/incidents in Ender's game. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas | 4/9/2013

    " Really good for a short story anthology with various authors. I'm seriously considering subscribing to the magazine after this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittany | 1/21/2013

    " I read this mainly for the Ender stories. I can't say I'm a terribly big fan of the other short stories in this collection. Definitely a library, rather than a bookstore, book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libbie | 8/18/2012

    " Decent short spec. A couple of the stories were rather weak, I felt, but others made up for their shortcomings. Not the most wallop-full collection of shorts, but a good start for the first IGMS anthology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah P | 6/27/2012

    " Some good stories, some bad. Some were downright amateur. Card's stories were fun. The last of Card's stories, though, was lifted from one of his Ender books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eremite | 3/20/2012

    " I trust Orson Scott Card to introduce me to good authors and stories. And each story comes with an afterword by the author which gives the book a feel of hanging out with friends having fun and learning new things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stasha | 2/10/2012

    " Loved the story of Ender's parents - I often wondered where they were as the kids were growing up - how did they not recognize Peter's cruelty or how hurt Valentine was without Ender. It was good to see their side of the story if only a glimpse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Traci Loudin | 2/8/2012

    " Pretty much every single story in this collection rocks. There are also a few shorts in the Ender's Game universe. If you love science fiction and fantasy, or are a SFF writer, this is a must-read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helena | 11/9/2011

    " a good selection of short stories. Loved the Ender based stories "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicholas Barone | 11/4/2011

    " Enjoyable collection of short stories. The 4 by Card are all set in the Ender-verse and are worth reading if you are a fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carlissa | 7/18/2011

    " I usually don't like short stories, but most of the stories in this audio were good. I got this because it had some short stories from the Ender series by Orson Scott Card. 2 of the stories I hadn't heard before, but 2 others were taken from one of the books in the Ender series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Traci | 2/23/2011

    " Pretty much every single story in this collection rocks. There's also a few shorts in the Ender's Game universe. If you're a SF writer "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsti | 2/22/2011

    " Orson Scott Card is one of my favorite authors. That said, he only wrote two of the short stories in this collection. My cousin Eric Stone wrote 2 more of them, so it was definitely worth reading. Some of the stories were brilliant and some were just ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 2/21/2011

    " Excellent collection of Science Fiction stories. Particularly enjoyed the Scott Card stories which explained the background to characters/incidents in Ender's game. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helena | 12/22/2010

    " a good selection of short stories. Loved the Ender based stories "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eremite | 11/22/2010

    " I trust Orson Scott Card to introduce me to good authors and stories. And each story comes with an afterword by the author which gives the book a feel of hanging out with friends having fun and learning new things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cupcakencorset | 10/5/2010

    " This collection of short fiction is pulled from the magazine by the same title, published as a stand-alone book to try to draw in readers for the ‘zine. And it works. I really liked this collection, especially the new stuff by OSC, of course. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lafe | 10/23/2009

    " I only read the parts opertaining to the Enderverse. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittany | 3/26/2009

    " I read this mainly for the Ender stories. I can't say I'm a terribly big fan of the other short stories in this collection. Definitely a library, rather than a bookstore, book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libbie | 11/29/2008

    " Decent short spec. A couple of the stories were rather weak, I felt, but others made up for their shortcomings. Not the most wallop-full collection of shorts, but a good start for the first IGMS anthology. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shari | 11/4/2008

    " Read 4 Ender related short stories: Mazer in Prison, Cheater, Pretty Boy, & A Young Man with Prospects. "

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About the Author
Author Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card, the author of the New York Times bestseller Ender’s Game, has won several Hugo and Nebula awards for his works of speculative fiction. His Ender novels are widely read by adults and younger readers and are increasingly used in schools. Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy, American-frontier fantasy, biblical novels, poetry, plays, and scripts.