By Douglas Lain
Writer and editor Douglas Lain provides a thought-provoking anthology that includes a number of award-winning and best-selling authors, from Jeff VanderMeer (Annihilation) and Cory Doctorow (Little Brother) to Susan Palwick (Flying in position) and James Morrow (Towing Jehovah). pertaining to subject matters as wide-ranging as politics, morality, or even heartfelt nostalgia, today’s speculative fiction writers turn out that the rubric of the wonderful bargains an incomparable view into how we reply to tragedy.
Each contributor, in his or her personal approach, contemplates an analogous question:
How will we proceed dreaming within the shadow of the towers?
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