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Following the luck in their Locus Award-winning anthology The New house Opera, editors Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan now up the ante with The New area Opera 2, new tales from a few of the largest names in technological know-how fiction’s largest style. With contributions from  Cory Doctorow, Elizabeth Moon, Garth Nix, John Scalzi, Bruce Sterling, Tad Williams, and a number of alternative technological know-how fiction luminaries, The New house Opera 2 is one more “reminder of why technology fiction captured the hearts and minds of generations of generations of readers” (Orson Scott Card).

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