By Leigh Ronald Grossman
A survey of the final a hundred years of technological know-how fiction, with consultant tales and illuminating essays by way of the pinnacle writers, poets, and students, from Edgar Rice Burroughs and Samuel Butler to Robert A. Heinlein and and Jack Vance, from E.E. "Doc" Smith and Clifford D. Simak to Ted Chiang and Charles Stross-- and everybody in among. a couple of million phrases of vintage fiction and essays!
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