By Alastair Reynolds, Joe Haldeman, Michael Swanwick, Robert Reed, James Patrick Kelly, Howard Waldrop, Stephen Leigh, Daniel Kayse
The simplest tales of the 12 months: here's a selection of the simplest technology fiction prose written in 2005, by means of the various genre's maximum authors, and chosen by means of wealthy Horton, a contributing reviewer to some of the field's most useful magazines.
• “Triceratops Summer” by way of Michael Swanwick
• “Bank Run” by way of Tom Purdom
• “A espresso Cup/Alien Invasion Story” by way of Douglas Lain
• “The fringe of Nowhere” by way of James Patrick Kelly
• “Heartwired” by way of Joe Haldeman
• “The destiny of Mice” through Susan Palwick
• “The King of Where-I-Go” through Howard Waldrop
• “The Policeman’s Daughter” by way of Wil McCarthy
• “Bliss” by means of Leah Bobet
• “Finished” by means of Robert Reed
• “The hotel at Mount Either” through James Van Pelt
• “Search Engine” through Mary Rosenblum
• “You, by way of Anonymous” by way of Stephen Leigh
• “The Jenna Set” by way of Daniel Kaysen
• “Understanding house and Time” by way of Alastair Reynolds
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