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Publisher's Summary

Too long to be a short story, too short to be a novel - welcome to the surprisingly potent world of the novelette. The award-winning magazine Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show has been an online haven for this powerful form of storytelling since 2005. Now its editors have selected their all-time favorite science fiction novelettes from the magazine's eight-year history and reprinted them together in one big book of listening pleasure. Anything that is remotely possible - futures near and far, artificial intelligence and alien encounters, alternate timelines and alternate theories about creating universes, planet-eating black holes and lunar racetracks - is all here under the big tent of Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show.

This anthology features stories by such award-winning authors as Orson Scott Card, Wayne Wightman, Aliette de Bodard, Eric James Stone, Mary Robinette Kowal, Stephen Kotowych, Jackie Gamber, Greg Siewert, Jamie Todd Rubin, Brad R. Torgersen, and Marina J. Lostetter, plus an all-new essay by Orson Scott Card about writing the character of Ender.

©2013 Orson Scott Card and Edmund R. Schubert (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What listeners say about Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show: Big Book of SF Novelettes

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Hit & Miss Anthology

As usual for anthologies, some are good, some are not. A few verge into fantasy instead of sci-fi, if that matters. A couple were strong right up to the end when they nosedived.

• Sojourn for Ephah • (2012) • novelette by Marina J. Lostetter = 2.5 stars (mostly good/weird; terrible ending)
• Brutal Interlude • (2011) • novelette by Wayne Wightman = 3 stars (but hated the end)
• Under the Shield • (2011) • novelette by Stephen Kotowych = 1 star (blah)
• Hologram Bride • (2009) • novella by Jackie Gamber = 4 stars
• The Curse of Sally Tincakes • (2012) • novelette by Brad R. Torgersen = 3 stars
• The Absence of Stars • (2009) • novelette by Greg Siewert = 4 stars
• Making Ender Smart • essay by Orson Scott Card = 1 star
• Mazer in Prison • [Ender's Universe] • (2005) • novelette by Orson Scott Card = 3 stars
• When I Kissed the Learned Astronomer • (2007) • novelette by Jamie Todd Rubin = 4 stars
• Body Language • (2009) • novelette by Mary Robinette Kowal = 3 stars
• Tabloid Reporter to the Stars • (2007) • novelette by Eric James Stone = 4 stars
• On Horizon's Shores • (2009) • novelette by Aliette de Bodard = 2.5 stars (another rough ending)

All of the audiobook narrators did a good job.

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Guess I'm not a novelette fan.

i thought the stories were well read/performed but I didn't like the way most of them ended. They spend a lot of time building the characters and story, then the ending is short with little detail leaving you hanging. I guess they leave it up to your own imagination but that is not what I want. Think I will stick to novels in the future. If novelettes are your thing I think will probably like this collection.

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Little science fiction, mostly interpersonal talk.

Very little science fiction. A great deal of frequently argumentative interpersonal talk not advancing a science fiction plot. Very disappointing.

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It’s a collection

I liked some of these stories very much but there were a couple that I had to struggle to finish. All of the narrators were good.

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fun collection of medium length stories

While liked some of the stories more than others, this collection served its purpose of shorter than novel length listenings for me. Fun variety of story topics with a couple real standouts in my opinion. I'm glad I purchased and listened to it.

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has duplicate stories in it from first I.M.S. book

Tons of books in series already bought, cardinal sin! DONT REPUBLISH SAME STORIES MULTIPLE BOOKS!UGGGH!

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sefinetelly worth listening to

some of the storoes were better then other. inwas missing the names of the stories in chapters list

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Good, not Great

The stories were good and for the price worth the money. But I expected more.

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Mixed bag

Loved some, liked some and felt one was a story that could have happened anywhere, anytime with speculative elements tossed in as after thought. Loved OSC Ender extras. Such broad range, I'd recommend it. Something for everyone.

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I came for Ender's Universe, but was dissapointed

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Only one Ender's universe history: Mazer in Prison (which is great).
Although there are many good short stories, I was a bit disappointed that there was not more from Ender's universe.
Would be good to have the titles of all stories on the description of this audiobook.

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