During this the twenty-fourth version of his celebrated annual massive ebook of top New SF (its twenty eighth because the Year's top SF within the United States), award-winning editor Gardner Dozois provides 33 of 2010's most eminent items of brief technology fiction, together with his regularly informative notes on every one writer. Many are the paintings of award-winning writers, yet there also are a few amazing rookies. the gathering is prefaced, as ever, by means of Dozois's Summation of 2010 in SF, a evaluate of the year's highlights in publishing and picture -- together with non-fiction, media and awards -- obituaries and an insightful examine rising developments.
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