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A set of the simplest technology fiction prose written in 2002, by way of a few the genre's maximum writers, and chosen by way of of SF's most useful editors. the following in a single reasonable quantity is the easiest brief technological know-how fiction of the 12 months as chosen from magazines, anthologies and journals. it's the moment in a prestigious new sequence from ibooks. Robert Silverberg, a a number of winner of the Hugo and Nebula awards as a author, has complied a uncommon list as an anthologist during the last 35 years. one of the recognized books he has edited are THE technology FICTION corridor OF status, the hot DIMENSIONS, UNIVERSE and THE ALPHA sequence. His lengthy checklist of technological know-how fiction and myth novels contain such titles as death within and THE extraterrestrial beings YEARS.

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