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Shuttle to the Farthest Reaches of the Imagination

Acclaimed editor and anthologist David G. Hartwell is again along with his fourth annual high-powered number of the year's such a lot creative, unique, and awe-inspiring technology fiction. briefly, the best.

Here are tales from trendy best identify authors, plus fascinating novices, all wanting to land you on unique planets, introduce you to unusual new existence varieties, and convey you scenes extra striking than whatever you might have imagined.

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Stephen Baxter
Gregory Benford
David Brin
Nancy Kress
Bruce Sterling
Michael Swanwick
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