This annual culture from the technological know-how Fiction and delusion Writers of the United States collects the easiest of the year's tales, in addition to essays and remark at the present kingdom of the style and predictions for destiny technology fiction and delusion motion pictures, paintings, and extra.

This year's award-winning authors comprise Jack McDevitt, James Patrick Kelly, Peter S. Beagle, Elizabeth Hand, and extra. The anthology additionally positive aspects essays from celebrated technological know-how fiction authors Orson Scott Card and Mike Resnick.

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