A stunning new selection of the best brief shape technology fiction from the former yr, compiled once more via international delusion and Hugo Award-winning editors by way of David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer, Year’s top SF 16 positive aspects the various brightest stars of the genre—including Gregory Benford, Cory Doctrow, Joe Haldeman, and Michael Swanwick. From house shuttle to time trip to trips throughout the brain, impressive and unique speculative fiction is alive and good and magnificently celebrated during this fantastic compendium of believable wonders.
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