Edmund R. Schubert

Novels, Short Stories, Articles & Essays


Welcome to the website for Edmund R. Schubert. I've been writing fiction since 2001 (not counting income tax returns), and editing it since 2006. I've also served as executive editor and managing editor of various business magazines, but this website is only for the fiction and fiction-related projects.

IGMS Big Book of SF Novelettes

The latest anthology: IGMS Big Book of SF Novelettes, collecting eleven meaty, in-depth soft/sociological science fiction stories. I lean more toward the soft SF over the hard SF because as much fun as gadgets and gizmos and robots and rocketships are, I like stories that explore people. And that's definitely what this book is about. Some very unusual people, but still...

Available in print as well as an audio book (from Blackstone), and featuring stories by Wayne Wightman, Mary Robinette Kowal, Eric James Stone, Aliette deBodard, Brad Torgersen, Jamie Todd Rubin, Orson Scott Card, Stephen Kotowych, Jackie Gamber, Marina J. Lostetter, and Greg Siewert, as well as an original essay by Orson Scott Card about writing about Ender.

InterGalactic Medicine Show Awards Anthology

Rising for a time as high as the #1 most-downloaded  ebook on Amazon in both the category of Science Fiction and Fantasy, the InterGalactic Medicine Show Awards Anthology, Vol. I is a collection of stories from Orson Scott Card's award-winning magazine InterGalactic Medicine Show, spotlighting the winners of the magazine's reader's poll for best artwork and best short fiction.

Edited by Orson Scott Card and yours truly, this anthology also includes other popular stories from the magazine's six year run, as well as a new introduction by Peter S. Beagle. Includes stories by such award-winning authors as Peter S. Beagle, Eugie Foster, Aliette deBodard, Marie Brennan, Alethea Kontis, recent Nebula-winner Eric James Stone, and more.

Available from Amazon, Barnes&Noble.com, and direct from the publisher, Spotlight (who only charge .99 cents for domestic S&H).

The Trouble With Eating Clouds

The Trouble With Eating Clouds: A Collection of Mysteries, Magic, and Madness is a collection of short stories I (mostly) wrote before becoming editor of InterGalactic Medicine Show. Released by Spotlight Publishing in June of 2011, the book is designed to appeal to a wide range of ages and genre preferences. The stories range from Twilight Zone-type tales to mystery and crime tales to historical stories to oddballs that don't tend toward easy classification. Also collects the full run of the popular (but short-lived) Dedd & Gohn comic strips, as well as several comic-strip scripts that were never released. Click here to read one of the stories from the collection for free.

Buy the book on Amazon, Barnes&Noble.com, or direct from the publisher, Spotlight (who only charges .99 cents for S&H and has autographed copies available).

IGMS Anthology - Audio

From Blackstone Audio, the unabridged audio version of the IGMS anthology (the one published by Tor in 2008). Available from Blackstone and from Barnes&Noble.com.

How To Write Magical Words

I teamed up with the amazing group of writers at MagicalWords.net as a regular blogger (from June 2010 to Dec. 2011) and as editor of the book based on/collecting many of the essays we wrote. MagicalWords.net is a joint blog featuring David B. Coe, Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, A.J. Hartley, and a host of special guests, all offering insights into the craft and business of writing fiction. It was a thrill to work with them, and I encourage you to visit them still, as new content is added each Monday through Friday. The book, a how-to writing guide titled How To Write Magical Words: A Writer's Companion, was released by Bella Rosa Books in January of 2011. Click here to read one of the essays in the book for free.

"This is the best idea for a writing book that I've ever seen."  

Orson Scott Card


"Stephen King’s On Writing is one of the best [books about writing] I’ve read, but there’s one I read recently that I feel is even better... How to Write Magical Words: A Writer’s Companion, edited by Edmund R. Schubert."
BSC Review

In the On Writing section of this website is an article called "Metaphors, Similes, and Analogies, Oh My...", which is reprinted in the MW How-To book. Below that is a list of "Basic Definitions Every Writer Should Know," expanded from the version that appears in the book.


Things related to my role as editor of Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show the online magazine, as well as the Tor anthology (2008) of the same name, can be found here: www.edmundrschubert.com/intergalacticmedicineshow.htm


And then of course there's my novel, Dreaming Creek...

a mystery with a Twilight Zone twist...

"If I hadn't researched and found out that this [Dreaming Creek] was Schubert's first novel I would have thought him an old pro. He certainly writes like one."


At the Great Smoky Mountain Book Fair, the organizers, City Lights Books, asked for autographed copies of my novel, Dreaming Creek, as well as the IGMS anthology. Signed copies of both books are available through their website: www.citylightsnc.com


Bio: Edmund R. Schubert loves stories. Always has; always will. When he was in the second grade, his teacher would bribe him with trips to the library to get him to do his math and science. Little has changed since then...    (For the full bio (as well as a self-inflicted headshot), click "Bio & Interviews" on the list on the left) Or here: www.edmundrschubert.com/biointerviews.htm


Spotlight Publishing - Independent Press Extraordinaire - www.Spotlight-Publishing.com

Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show - the best SF and Fantasy anywhere - www.InterGalacticMedicineShow.com

Sideshow Freaks - IGMS blog - http://www.sideshowfreaks.blogspot.com/

Hatrack - Orson Scott Card's web-site (also has a strong on-line writer's group) - http://www.hatrack.com/writers/index.shtml

MagicalWords.net - a group blog featuring Faith Hunter, David B. Boe, Misty Massey, A.J. Hartley, plus numerous guests, all offering writing advice and insights into the writer's life - http://magicalwords.net/

Dena Harris - Wonderful writer and friend - http://www.denaharris.com/ 

Copyright info from the U. of Stanford - http://fairuse.stanford.edu/Copyright_and_Fair_Use_Overview/index.html 

Charle's Daney's Quotation Collection - http://cgd.best.vwh.net/home/quotes.htm 

Robert Sawyer's web-site, page with Heinlein's Rules for Writing (a must-read) - http://www.sfwriter.com/ow05.htm 

Holly Lisle's web-site - Helpful info on writing - http://hollylisle.com/fm/index.html

Writers of the Future Contest (no entry fee, great prizes) - http://www.writersofthefuture.com/index2.htm