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A stunning new number of the best brief shape technological know-how fiction from the former 12 months, compiled once more by way of international delusion and Hugo Award-winning editors by way of David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer, Year’s top SF 16 positive factors a few of the brightest stars of the genre—including Gregory Benford, Cory Doctrow, Joe Haldeman, and Michael Swanwick. From house shuttle to time commute to trips throughout the brain, extraordinary and unique speculative fiction is alive and good and magnificently celebrated during this ultimate compendium of believable wonders.

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