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By Kathryn Cramer
Once more, the year's best flights of speculative mind's eye are collected in a single notable quantity, compiled via acclaimed editor and anthologist David G. Hartwell. From essentially the most popular visionaries of up to date SF -- in addition to new writers who're already making an indelible mark -- comes an all-new compendium of exceptional stories of the prospective that would enthrall, astonish, terrify, and elate. tales of odd worlds and mind-boggling futures, of notable discoveries and apocalyptic failures, of universes mild years far-off and deep in the human realization, are accrued right here as SF's brightest lighting fixtures shine extra radiantly than ever before.
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