InterGalactic Medicine Show
|InterGalactic Medicine Show|
Type of site
|Sci-Fi & Fantasy Webzine|
|Owner||Hatrack River Enterprises|
|Created by||Orson Scott Card|
|1,079,785 (April 2014[update])|
InterGalactic Medicine Show (sometimes shortened to IGMS) is an American online fantasy and science fiction magazine. It was founded by multiple award-winning author Orson Scott Card. An anthology also called Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show was published by Tor in August, 2008, featuring selected stories from the webzine. IGMS has featured original stories by such award-winning authors as Peter S. Beagle, David Farland, Tim Pratt, Eugie Foster, Bud Sparhawk, Mary Robinette Kowal, James Maxey, Mette Ivie Harrison, Sharon Shinn, Eric James Stone and Orson Scott Card. In addition to short fiction, each issue is fully illustrated and includes audio content, interviews, and serialization of longer works by Card.
In 2009, Greg Siewert's story, "The Absence of Stars: Part One" won the WSFA Small Press Award for best short story of the year. 2011 saw Nick Greenwood win the Chesley Award for Best Cover Illustration (Magazine) for issue #17's cover, and in 2014 Alex Shvartzman's "Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma" won another WSFA Small Press Award. Other IGMS stories have been nominated for national awards and/or been reprinted in various Year's Best anthologies and on the Locus (magazine) annual recommended reading list.
The magazine's original publishing schedule, as reported on Sci Fi Wire on 29 September 2005, was to be quarterly, with columns updated monthly. The first issue was released 15 October 2005, the second released 1 March 2006, the third was released 2 October 2006 and the fourth was released 20 February 2007. Since the fifth issue in July 2007, new issues have been released quarterly. Beginning in March 2009, the magazine's schedule was increased to bi-monthly, while the amount of content per issue was slightly reduced.
The first two issues were edited by Card himself. Since the third issue, the magazine has been edited by Edmund R. Schubert.
- Orson Scott Card, Publisher and Executive Editor
- Edmund R. Schubert, Editor
- Kathleen A. Bellamy, Managing Editor
- Scott J. Allen, Web Designer
- Sara Ellis, Assistant Editor
- Scott Roberts, Assistant Editor
- Eric James Stone, Assistant Editor (departed at the end of 2014)
- Chris Bellamy, Assistant Editor
- Lauren M. Harris (started in 2015)
- Official site
- Side-Show Freaks, Editor Edmund R. Schubert's IGMS blog featuring essays by authors whose work appears on the IGMS site