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By Eric James Stone, Bradley P. Beaulieu, James Maxey, Scott M. Roberts

Bestselling author Orson Scott Card based the web magazine Intergalactic drugs Show in 2006. it's been a major luck, drawing submissions from famous sf and myth writers, in addition to fostering a few striking new abilities. This assortment includes the superior of these tales from the prior year.

There is fiction from David Farber, Tim Pratt, and David Lubar between others, additionally 4 new Ender's Game universe tales through Card himself. This assortment is certain to entice Card's enthusiasts, and be a superb ambassador to them for those different proficient writers.

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