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A extensively various, immensely relaxing, and traditionally vital anthology, Future On Ice is a show off for the most well liked tales via the good SF writers of the Nineteen Eighties. whole with a preface, creation, and tale notes by way of Card hilself, listed below are early tales from eighteen enormously gifted authors who've because shattered the face of technological know-how fiction.

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