A choice of over a half-dozen vintage technological know-how fiction tales by way of Hugo and Nebula Award-winning writer and editor Gardner Dozois. comprises: "Morning Child," "A Dream at Noonday," "Chains of the Sea," "The striking Curve," "The Bride" (with Jack Dann), and "Ancestral Voices" (with Michael Swanwick).
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