A blinding new selection of the best brief shape technological know-how fiction from the former 12 months, compiled once more by way of international delusion and Hugo Award-winning editors through David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer, Year’s top SF 16 gains a few of the brightest stars of the genre—including Gregory Benford, Cory Doctrow, Joe Haldeman, and Michael Swanwick. From house trip to time shuttle to trips in the course of the brain, amazing and unique speculative fiction is alive and good and magnificently celebrated during this fabulous compendium of believable wonders.
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