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By David G. Hartwell

The quick tale is the place scorching new SF authors emerge and the place the giants of the style convey new paintings. Hartwell scoured the magazines and anthologies to compile the superior of contemporary edgy, audacious and leading edge SF. Authors contain Gregory Benford, Terry Bisson, David Brin, Damon Knight, Joanna Russ, Bruce Sterling, James Patrick Kelly, Connie Willis, and so forth!

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