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Acclaimed editor and anthologist David G. Hartwell returns with this 5th annual number of the year's such a lot resourceful, enjoyable, and mind-expanding technological know-how fiction.

Here are works from a few of cutting-edge so much acclaimed authors, in addition to visionary new skills, that would introduce you to new principles, supply strange views, and take you to areas past your wildest imaginings. individuals to The Year's top SF 5 include:

Brian Aldiss
Stephen Baxter
Michael Bishop
Terry Bisson
Greg Egan
Robert Reed
Kim Stanley Robinson
Hiroe Suga
Michael Swanwick
Gene Wolfe
and many more...

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